Anyone who has raised a child, watched a child, or remembers being a child knows that kids PLAY.  That’s what they do.  That’s what Bellaboo’s is all about.  It’s recreation especially designed for children ages nine and younger.  Oh, and by the way – when children play, they happen to learn.

The colorful and imaginative center features 23,000 square feet of hands-on activities including a block play and construction zone, art studio, and a pretend supermarket, pizza parlor and kitchen.  There’s dress-up, a water table, and a train room complete with locomotive chugging along overhead.  There’s even a room just for toddlers and infants. 

Children delight in decorating their own faces in the face-painting studio,
while the climbing structure, slides, and ball pit are the perfect place for energetic play.  Parents are happy that the ball washer keeps the area clean, but kids just like to feed the balls into the target and watch them travel across the ceiling before being dropped back into the pit.


Deep River County Park

Wood’s Historic Grist Mill is one of the most photographed landmarks in Lake County.
Located in Deep River County Park, about 4.5 miles east of Interstate 65 just north of U.S. 30, the 1876 Grist Mill and neighboring Gift Shop are open May through October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  The buildings are closed on Friday, but the park grounds remain open.

The historic area of the 1,200-acre park stretches along the Deep River corridor for about four miles, with trails beginning north of the Grist Mill.  Just over the bridge sits Grinder Field, home of the Deep River Grinders Club Nine Baseball Team.  Playing by the original rules of 1858, the Grinders are an entertaining bunch.  For a truly relaxing, old-fashioned Sunday afternoon join the Grinder faithful in cheering on their favorite team.  If you attend only one ballgame this year, make it a Deep River Grinders Baseball game. 

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or call us at : (219) 947-1958.


Deep River Water Park


Looking for sun, fun, water and excitement?  Look no further than Deep River Waterpark.  From toddlers to seniors . . . from tweens to teens . . . there’s something for everyone. 

Try our two river rides, three enclosed tube slides, body slides, speed slides, double dueling cannon bowl rides.  For the little ones there’s Paddle’s PlayZone with splash pool, slides, water play and sand. 

And our large interactive water-play Courthouse is great for     all ages.  Don’t forget the wave pool, it just may become your   favorite. 

Plenty of food concessions, and a souvenir surf shop make your day complete. 

We offer group packages, corporate buyouts, birthday parties, and Tubin’ Tuesdays, when the park is open until 9:30 p.m. 


The Shrine of Christ's Passion

Shrine of Christ's Passion
                     A Wonderful Journey . . .

Over two thousand years ago on a hill called Calvary, Christians believe that the savior of the world hung on a cross for the sake of all humanity. His journey to Calvary was a lonely, pain-ridden event, but it changed the world forever.  At The Shrine of Christ’s Passion you are invited to experience the Passion of Christ as never    before. 

The Shrine Prayer Trail is a beautiful one-half mile wandering pathway welcoming people of all faiths to take a journey with Christ down the Via Crucis.


Thyme For Bed

thyme-for-bed-ad-pg layout-1You might be able to get a good night’s sleep in many places, but you won’t find anyplace more interesting or more unique than Thyme For Bed in Lowell, IN. The moment you see it, you know you are in for something different. Situated on 10 peaceful country acres laced with walking paths, Indiana’s only monolithic dome Bed & Breakfast will give you something to write home about, with its three intriguingly decorated guestrooms - - The Victorian Room, The Pheasant Room, and In Your Dreams.

Don’t let the offbeat antique décor or the whimsical garden view fool you – your amenities will include a whirlpool bathtub, W-Fi, mini-bar, fireplace, TV with VCR, CD player, AC, complimentary guest parking, A delicious full buffet breakfast is included, and during summer months the innkeepers, Donald and Sherryl Bainbridge, will add edible flowers grown right there in the extensive gardens.


Turkey Creek Golf Course


The 18-hole championship length Turkey Creek Golf Course has plenty of water, bunkers, and multiple tees, offering a challenge to the most experienced golfer while providing  an enjoyable experience for the novice.  Lest you think that tee placement is arbitrary, consider that water, in the form  of Turkey Creek, comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes when driving from the white tees.  Using the forward tees takes water out of play on six of these holes.  It’s still a challenging course, but it permits people who don’t drive as far to play a different strategy.

Turkey Creek has a full-service restaurant with lounge and Pro Shop to meet all your golfing needs.  Banquet on the Green, overlooking the golf course, is a popular hall for wedding dinners and other celebrations, with seating for  up to 250 people.  It features a dance floor and adjoining full-service bar.


Shady Creek Winery


Shady Creek Winery has created a great winery experience right here along the shores of Lake Michigan. Located just a mile south of the lake shore in Michigan City, Indiana, the winery offers great small-batch wines in styles that reflect the best of the West Coast as well as traditional Midwest varietal wines. In other words, the winery has something for everyone to enjoy.  The winery experience includes tastings at the tasting bar, or for larger groups, private tastings can be arranged. Local artists’ works line the walls of the tasting room and are available for sale. After patrons select their favorite wine, they are welcome to enjoy a glass by the fireplace or on one of the many covered porches, the three season patio, or the mezzanine overlook. Specialty foods are also available to enhance the enjoyment of the wine. The winery boasts a diverse tasting lineup, everything from ‘big” cabs to light and crisp whites or slightly sweet blends. The winery is open weekends and will begin weekday service during the season.  Check the web site, Facebook page, or call for current hours. Come Taste, Relax, and Enjoy Shady Creek Winery.


Butler Winery Tasting Room

Butler Winery, established in 1983, is the fourth-oldest winery in Indiana, but their retail shop in Chesterton is a recent addition to Northwest Indiana. The quaint tasting room and shop is located at the corner of Fourth and Broadway in historic downtown Chesterton, just off I-94. The tasting room is within sight of the city park where the Chesterton European Market is held every Saturday, June through October. The tasting room offers the complete selection of the Butler wines including both dry and sweet table wines. Butler Winery produces several unique specialty wines, such as Late Harvest Vignoles, Vidal Ice Wine and Cassis Noir, a fortified wine made from black currants. The shop also features a selection of wine-related items as well as home brewing and wine making supplies.