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Ride with a Ranger Along the Lake Michigan Shoreline

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 08/07/2021 09:19:31

Indiana | Michigan City | Lake Michigan | Indiana Dunes National Park | Harbor Country Adventures | Sightseeing Cruise | Boat Ride | Ride with a Ranger | Junior Ranger

Ride with a Ranger Along the Lake Michigan Shoreline


A ride upon the Emita II is a fun way to learn more about Indiana Dunes National Park (and enjoy some good views along the way). The 1 1/2 hour long tour leaves from the Michigan City dock and is narrated by an Indiana Dunes National Park Ranger. Kids will enjoy the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger Badge and adults are sure to learn something new about the park and its fascinating history.

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We planned to join a boat tour narrated by one of the park rangers that is only offered on two days each week. Our only option was our last day at Indiana Dunes National Park. Although the weather didn't cooperate, we made the best of it.

When we left the dock, the temperatures were rather cool and, by the end of the cruise, it was raining pretty hard. Fortunately, the area where we were seated on the second floor of the boat was mostly covered, so we were able to avoid getting drenched. The ranger did an excellent job of sharing some of the history of the park in a way that grabbed the attention of both kids and adults.

Fun fact: A popular sand dune that stood in the late 1800s in what is today's national park was known as Hoosier Slide. Companies like "Ball" (the company that makes the glass jars for canning) learned that the sand could be used for making glass. If you've ever seen the old blue tinted Ball glass jars, it was likely made out of glass from this now extinct dune.

What was one of your most recent experiences to learn some history while traveling?

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