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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.View Details
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 moreView Details
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,View Details
Auctions are held every Wednesday and Friday, year-round
Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday. A horse auction is held every Friday, in addition to special yearly sales.View Details
Every Saturday all year round and on Sundays during the summer months.
Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end Visitor Center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the traditionView Details
April 07 - April 07, 2018
Spring Maker’s Market will feature unique, one-of-a-kind handmade vendors in the historic Coppes Commons building in Nappanee, Indiana.View Details
April 07 - April 08, 2018
Come out for a spectacular display of over 300+ quilts and quilted items, vendors, raffles, and so much more.View Details
April 13 - April 15, 2018
IBRA sanctioned barrel racing at its finest! 3 full days of Super ShowsView Details
April 21 - April 21, 2018
Get your first glimpse of the 2018 Notre Dame football team in the 89th annual Blue-Gold Game.View Details
April 27 - April 29, 2018
The 49th Annual Maple Syrup Festival -- Free Kettle Popped Popcorn, parade, shuttles, entertainment, Museum and Sugar Camp Tours!View Details
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 to Sept 26, 2018
The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.View Details
May 03 - May 05, 2018
This celebration of independent cinema from around the globe in beautiful downtown Goshen. During May First Fridays, enjoy a taste of the film festival with free activities in downtown businessesView Details
May 25 - May 27, 2018
Offers family fun, food, live music and entertainment, lake education, kayaking, arts and crafts, a Saturday parade and fireworks, and more!View Details
Every Sunday and Tuesday at 6:30pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day
The shows are a themed production including music and costumes with an announcer to guide you through the action.View Details
June 02 - June 03, 2018
Be part of the Yellow River Festival celebrating Marshall County (IN) history, encompassing the years 1840 through 1940's. Experience period music and dancing, storytelling, Indian dances and demonstrationsView Details
June 08 - June 10, 2018
Three-Day outdoor Bluegrass Music festival held the 2nd full weekend of June each year.View Details
June 08 - June 10, 2018
Celebrating its 36th year, showcasing national and local entertainment hourly, craft booths, kids’ activities, antique autos plus ethnic and festival foods at Island Park in downtown Elkhart.View Details
August 11 - August 11, 2018
Join us for this fun event that benefits local charities here in Syracuse, IN. The triathlon is sanctioned by USAT.View Details