|Thursday, Jun 9, 2011|
Parents Magazine has named West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as one of America’s “Ten Best Beaches for Families” for this year.
West Beach, located just an hour by car or train from downtown Chicago or South Bend, Indiana, offers a variety of attributes that make it ideal for families, according to the magazine.
“We’re honored but not surprised because the beaches of the national lakeshore are treasures of the region and the nation,” said superintendent Constantine Dillon.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach was ranked as the number five beach for families in the United States out of more than 1,000 candidates evaluated. West Beach is the only Great Lakes beach included in this prestigious annual ranking and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is the only one of 394 national parks to make the list.
Parent’s Magazine cited the clean water, the usually calm surf, Junior Ranger activities, and the presence of lifeguards as reasons to put West Beach on the list. Miles of nearby stroller-friendly trails were also listed as reasons to visit this national park. West Beach is open 365 days a year. During most of the year, West Beach is free, but from Memorial Day to Labor there is a $6 per car fee.
The top 10 list includes beaches in Florida, Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin and South Carolina.
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