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Popular amenities for Michigan City vacation rentals

Stay near Michigan City's top sights

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa112 locals recommend
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets145 locals recommend
Washington Park Beach60 locals recommend
Washington Park Zoo102 locals recommend
Beachwalk Vacation Rentals3 locals recommend
Friendship Botanic Gardens52 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Michigan City

  • Total rentals

    490 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    18K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    430 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    120 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    140 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    240 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Michigan City

All About Michigan City

Windswept grasses over rolling, coastal dunes, sprawling beaches, and the lapping waters of Lake Michigan run to the edge of this small, northern Indiana community. Just east of the Chicago metropolitan area, Michigan City is a beachside community with a distinctive downtown. The Franklin Street Commercial Historic District is replete with 19th-century structures built in the Gothic Revival and Italianate traditions. The town also retains a strong maritime tradition with several historical lighthouses — including the oldest in the state — and a museum displaying the remnants of Lake Michigan shipwrecks.

Spend the day leisurely browsing the downtown boutiques and cafes before heading to the nearby Indian Dunes National Park for swimming, boating, and surfing. Chicago is just an hour away, making it easy for you to spend a day taking in the Windy City’s broader cultural offerings.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Michigan City

The lake-influenced climate surrounding Michigan City varies widely throughout the year. Summers in the region tend to be pleasantly hot, with mild winds and moderate to high humidity that make for excellent conditions for enjoying the water, lounging on the beach, or walking through the town. This is also when many of the area's festivals and events occur, such as the Taste of Michigan City food festival in August. On the other hand, the winters can be bitterly cold, with regular snowfall and below-freezing temperatures that often see the edge of Lake Michigan freeze over. For these reasons, the summer months and parts of the shoulder seasons — May through October — remain the most popular times for travelers booking house rentals in Michigan City.

Top things to do in Michigan City

Indiana Dunes National Park

Just west of town, you’ll find the Indiana Dunes National Park, with its 15 miles of coastlines, 50 miles of trail systems, and 15,000 acres of parkland open for exploration. The inland forest ecosystems, along with the wetlands and grass-crowned sand dunes, provide plenty of opportunities to hike. Or you can simply lounge about on the sand and swim in one of the Midwest’s largest stretches of protected shoreline.

Michigan City East Lighthouse & Museum

This historic lighthouse, constructed in the early 20th century, remains the last remaining publicly run lighthouse in the state. Its red-and-white tower has become an iconic attraction, and the neighboring pier serves as a popular fishing spot for locals. You can also tour the Old Lighthouse Museum, a 19th-century structure that preceded the construction of the east tower. Its exhibits tell the story of the area's maritime history, including artifacts from shipwrecks and the old lighthouse lenses.

Friendship Botanic Gardens

The Friendship Botanic Gardens lie east of town along the edge of Pottawattamie Park. These sprawling grounds cover over 100 acres and include butterfly gardens, riverside old-growth forests, an Irish maze, and an English Tea House. Over two miles of hiking trails snake through the 37 unique gardens.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Michigan City?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Michigan City. Choose from more than 110 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do cabin rentals in Michigan City have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cabin rentals with self check-in in Michigan City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Michigan City?

    Michigan City has more than 400 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Michigan City have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 70 house rentals with a gym in Michigan City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do cabin rentals in Michigan City have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cabin rentals with a bbq area in Michigan City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Michigan City?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 150 homes with a bbq area, over 70 homes with a gym, over 130 homes with self check-in, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there Michigan City vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 140 vacation homes with pools in Michigan City, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Michigan City?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 230 vacation rentals in Michigan City featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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