Family-friendly Portage Hotel near Lake Michigan Beaches
Just an hour southeast of Chicago and 15 minutes southwest of Indiana Dunes State Park, the Country Inn & Suites, Portage is an ideal spot to call your home away from home. Plan to see the region’s incredible natural beauty at spots like Taltree Arboretum & Gardens and West Beach on Lake Michigan, or stop by Bass Pro Shops to pick up outdoor recreation gear for fishing and biking at Imagination Glen. Step back into the 1930s at the fascinating John Dillinger Museum, or race your kids down the waterslide at Deep River Waterpark. Before returning to the hotel’s family aquatic center and game room
, be sure to save time for a gorgeous sunset view at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.
- Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk (1.1 miles)
A day of outdoor activities can end with exquisite sunsets over the lake and stunning views of Chicago at this local park.
Phone: +1 (219) 762-1675
- Imagination Glen (3.3 miles)
Pack a picnic to enjoy after a morning on the 10-mile Outback Trail at Portage’s largest park. Imagination Glen tempts kids with a BMX race track in addition to playgrounds, sand volleyball and a large nature preserve.
Phone: +1 (219) 762-1675
- Taltree Arboretum & Gardens (16.4 miles)
Explore 360 acres of oak trees, rose gardens and plants from around the world. There is even a 2.5-acre G-scale model railroad with 3,000 feet of track and nine dioramas.
Phone: +1 (219) 462-0025
- Deep River Waterpark (19.7 miles)
From the Rip Tide Wave Pool and Bayou River Ride to the Kraken speed slide, this water park promises hours of high-quality family time. Stop by Milo’s Ice Cream Shop for a treat on your way out of the park.
Phone: +1 (219) 947-7850
Arts and Entertainment
- Portage 16 IMAX (4.6 miles)
See first-run movies come to life on a huge screen at this Goodrich theater.
Phone: +1 (219) 764-2550
- John Dillinger Museum (20.7 miles)
Curious about the lives of 1930s-era gangsters like John Dillinger? This interactive museum lets you examine their stories. See Dillinger’s personal items including his lucky rabbit’s foot.
Phone: +1 (219) 989-7979
Beaches Along Lake Michigan
- Wells Street Beach (4.8 miles)
This wide, sandy beach is popular for its concession stand and laid-back vibe.
- Indiana Dunes State Park (7.9 miles)
From beach yoga to guided nature hikes, this state park always has activities perfect for family adventures.
- West Beach (8 miles)
Stretch out on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan or take a lakeside hike on four miles of beach.
- Porter Beach (8.1 miles)
Porter is one of the area’s best beaches for summertime lounging on the sand.
- Kemil Beach (11.3 miles)
Kemil Beach offers plenty of space for sunbathing and is just half a mile from five historic homes from the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair.
Fishing and Sports