Since it became a national park, the number of visitors at Indiana Dunes has gone up dramatically.
Lorelei Weimer is the executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism. She says she wasn’t sure if the name change would have any effect on visitorship, since the National Park Service doesn’t do much of any marketing. Weimer says the media attention to the change played a major role.
So far this year, the park’s visitor center saw more people than it has in any of the past eight years – and the year isn’t over. June and July visitor numbers alone have doubled since last year.