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Address: 6918 Oak Ave, Gary, IN 46403
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This is a great venue for casual to elegant! On a nice summer evening it is perfect for any event. The view is second to none of the lake!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Gary, Indiana
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Gary, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great venue for casual to elegant! On a nice summer evening it is perfect for any event. The view is second to none of the lake!

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This building is designed by a world famous archictect and was restored several years ago. Climb to the viewing area for a panoramic view of the Chicago skyline and the scenic lakefront dunes and beach.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

If you're new to the area, make this a must-see! Great for photos AND the beach barely has any rocks. It's about $5 for parking but worth it!

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Thank Jackie P
Pompano Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Romantic, romantic, romantic. Thinking about getting married?? This is the PERFECT LOCATION,,! And very affordable

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Gary, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great travel site in Gary Marquette Park. Sits on the beach with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Just renovated,

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University Park, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I wrote a review on Facebook but they deleted my post. So I will repost it on Facebook and I am writing a review here. First off this place is truly beautiful. I love what they did with the place and Dolly Harris is truly amazing. She is the person at the front desk. That is all I can say.... More 

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Gary, Indiana
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Having lived in this section of Gary (Miller Beach) decades ago, it was interesting to see the restoration work that has been done to the structure. The informative signage explains much of the history and work done on this historical architectural structure at the south end of Lake Michigan.

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Thank Gerald R
Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

I was so glad to find this place. Very romantic. You can climb upstairs for the view of the Lake and Chicago. Also upstairs you will find some information boards describing history of the Aquatorium, Miller Dune Beach and about beginning of aviation (which were started in here). Make sure you read all of them as well as have time... More 

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Gary, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

As President and Founder of The Gary Aquatorium Society 25 years ago, this grand $4 million renovated building is now a place of history of flight since in 1896, Octave Chanute flew the very first heavier than air aircraft, on the dunes just 600 feet from the Aquatorium, The Society has committed one full wing that displays an 1896 glider... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014 via mobile

I'm speechless. Who would have thought that this Midwestern gem of a city would have south to offer! Historic neighborhoods, an exciting nightlife and our personal favorite, whale watching! We arrived at the aquarium and signed up for the premium tour which included penguin feeding, jellyfish holding, and a whale watching expedition at Lake Michigan. Apparently, freshwater whales enjoy company,... More 

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