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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our seven eclectic counties filled with all sorts of gems—hidden and otherwise—that you might be surprised to find side by side.

Where else you can ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and visit the world’s largest chocolate shop in the same day? Yeah, it’s eclectic mix—but we’d suggest that’s part of what makes it so cool. Plan your visit to Indiana’s Cool North.

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Places to Explore in the Cool North.

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Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Porter, Hebron, Kouts

Rolling sand dunes. Relaxing beach vibes. Endless aquatic adventures. And that’s just what you’ll find along the shore. Explore a little more in Indiana Dunes and you’ll discover world-class dining, unique shopping experiences, and fantastic accommodations. A mecca for lovers of the great outdoors, you might need to add another day to your stay with all there is to see and do!

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Michigan City Laporte

Michigan City Laporte

Michigan City, LaPorte, Wanatah, Rolling Prairie

Looking for a laid-back vacation, or is it time to let loose and live it up? You’ll find the perfect blend of both in Michigan City LaPorte. Roll the dice or shop till you drop. Explore the area’s unique history or carve out your own outdoor adventure. Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure—authentic Midwestern spirit comes standard.

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South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend, Mishawaka, New Carlisle, North Liberty

Big city attractions and small town charm. You’ll find the best of both worlds when you visit vibrant Northern Indiana county. The iconic campus of the University of Notre Dame is a must-see, and each community holds its own hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Kid-friendly fun? Definitely. Outdoor activities? Absolutely. The ideal getaway to suit your travel style is waiting in South Bend Mishawaka.

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Kosciusko Winona Lake Park

Kosciusko

Warsaw, Syracuse, Winona Lake, North Webster, Pierceton

It doesn’t get any better than life on the lakes. And with over 100 of them, you’re sure to find a unique experience around every turn. Dine on the water’s edge at The Village at Winona, explore eclectic artisan’s shops, or take an old-school ride on a sternwheeler boat. The name might be a little tricky, but there’s definitely nothing complicated about life in Kosciusko County.

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Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana, LaGrange, Topeka

You won’t hear phrases like “daily grind” or “rush hour commute” in these parts. Life in Shipshewana LaGrange County is unhurried, uncomplicated, and definitely unlike anywhere else. Amish culture thrives here, and combined with a focus on the great outdoors, this truly is the place to get away from it all.

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Marshall County Culver Lake

Marshall County

Culver, Plymouth, Bremen

Thanks to its history as a crossroads in Northern Indiana, Marshall County offers an eclectic array of things to do, places to stay, and authentic Cool North attractions. The Quilt Barn Trail paints a charming picture of rural life in Northern Indiana, and the Blueberry Festival is one of the state’s most popular events. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart Fall Flower Carpet

Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa

Amish life and culture play a big part in daily life here in Indiana’s Cool North, and Elkhart County is no exception. Whether by car, by bike, or by buggy, tour the Heritage Trail and discover the communities that Northern Indiana is famous for. Winding nature trails and historic downtowns all add to an experience that is original, authentic, and a little outside of the ordinary.

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Festivals & Events

Arts and Entertainment

“God Bless America” at Elkhart’s Central Park

God Bless America will enjoy an extended stay in Central Park til Feb 2018

God Bless America monumental-scale sculpture will be sticking around past harvest and enjoying an extended stay in Central Park until February of 2018

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Theatre Shows & Concerts in Indiana’s Cool North

See individual theatres for schedule of shows and concerts.

Indiana's Cool North has a number of theatres. See the individual theatres for their show and concert schedules.

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Shipshewana Across the Road

Open every Friday and Saturday, from October 6 to December 16, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Shipshewana Flea Market is heading "across the road" and opening a new indoor market for the fall / winter season!

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Christmas in Shipshewana – November & December

November 10 - December 31, 2017

Drive thru light display, Sleigh Rides (weather permitting) Lighted Parade, November 11

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Seasonal

Holiday Artisan Market

November 18 - January 05, 2018

Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift-giving including offerings from some of the Midwest’s finest craftspeople.

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SANTA’S HOLIDAY FOREST

November 24 - December 25, 2017

Cut down a fresh Christmas tree for your home, go on a wagon ride, enjoy hot chocolate, hot dogs.

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WINTER LIGHTS DRIVE THROUGH – SUNSET HILL FARM

November 24 - December 31, 2017

Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.

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WINTER WONDERLAND AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov 24 - Dec 30

Professional light displays accentuating the natural beauty of Wellfield, the ½-mile Promenade Pathway is aglow with color and texture.

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Christmas Fest at Hensler’s Nursery

November 24 - December 23, 2017

Visit the farm animals, cut your own Christmas tree and go on a horse-drawn wagon ride (weekends) to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” RUTHMERE HOLIDAY TOURS

November 25 - December 30, 2017

This year’s theme “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” will highlight the Armed Services through the decades.

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DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 01 - December 24, 2017

Get in the holiday spirit in downtown South Bend. Take your picture with Santa, Rudolph, and the Grinch, do some holiday shopping and see a holiday performance.

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Downtown South Bend First Fridays

Every First Friday of the month

Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more

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GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS

The first Friday of every month

Downtown Goshen, Inc. focuses on letting people know just how exciting our city can be. With monthly festivals and themed events FREE to the public,

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Historical

Christmas At Barker Mansion

December 01 - December 31, 2017

Christmas at the historic Barker Mansion! View three floors of decorations as you’re immersed in the Barker family legacy of philanthropy and industry.

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Bremen Holy Walk

December 01 - December 02, 2017

Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!

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Santa’s Candy Cane Express

The first two weekends in December

Santa’s Candy Cane Express. Start a new family tradition, first two weekends in December. Free admission

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Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show Marketplace

December 09 - December 09, 2017

This indoor Holiday Bazaar features juried vendors who specialize in antiques, crafts, handmade items, primitives, artisan goods, furniture, salvage, home & garden décor, baked goods, gifts.

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Shipshewana Ice Festival

December 28 - December 29, 2017

December 28 Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana

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1st Annual Shipshewana New Year’s Day Auction

January 01 - January 01, 2018

Running up to 5 auction rings throughout the day featuring Antique Furniture – Collectibles – Toys – Antiques – Advertising – Primitives – Farm Collectibles –

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Annual Shipshewana Pajama Day!

February 03 - February 03, 2018

Plan for the annual trip for overnight pajama parties, and early morning shopping in jammies.

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Fairs and Festivals

Maple Syrup Days

March 17 - March 18, 2018

We show three different ways to make maple syrup. Horse wagons carry visitors into the maple woods to see the tapped maples.

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