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.
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 2018View Details
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
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!View Details
November 10 - December 31, 2017
Drive thru light display, Sleigh Rides (weather permitting) Lighted Parade, November 11View Details
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.View Details
November 24 - December 25, 2017
Cut down a fresh Christmas tree for your home, go on a wagon ride, enjoy hot chocolate, hot dogs.View Details
November 24 - December 31, 2017
Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.View Details
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.View Details
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.View Details
November 25 - December 30, 2017
This year’s theme “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” will highlight the Armed Services through the decades.View Details
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.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
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.View Details
December 22 - December 22, 2017
Kids are invited to wear their pajamas to this free screening of The Polar Express inside the Century Center’s Bendix Theatre.View Details
December 23 - December 23, 2017
Take your pictures with Santa Claus, try tasty food and holiday sweets, and don’t miss your chance to see a free screening of the holiday classic, The Polar ExpressView Details
December 28 - December 29, 2017
December 28 Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over ShipshewanaView Details
January 01 - January 01, 2018
Running up to 5 auction rings throughout the day featuring Antique Furniture – Collectibles – Toys – Antiques – Advertising – Primitives – Farm Collectibles –View Details
January 26 - January 28, 2018
Join us for a blast of winter fun! Events include ice sculpture demonstrations, family ceramics, “snowball” softball tournament, chili cook-off, horse drawn wagon rides, polar plunge, and flash snow angels.View Details
January 27 - January 27, 2018
Sample some of the best craft beer from all over the region. In addition to unlimited sampling of over 100 craft beers, there will also be live music and a food buffet from The Market.View Details
February 03 - February 03, 2018
Plan for the annual trip for overnight pajama parties, and early morning shopping in jammies.View Details
February 17 - February 17, 2018
Amazing winter beer fest held outside in the Uptown Arts District in downtown Michigan City. 4 big tents with 40 local and regional breweries. Fun snow stuff, fire pits, ice sculptures, food trucks and Hammerschlagen.View Details
March 3 & 4 and March 10 & 11.
An early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's, as historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with maple sugaringView Details
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.View Details
April 28 - April 28, 2018
Watch International Kite Teams dance their kites to music. Activities include: A “Learn to Fly” Clinic – Free Make Your Own Kite Kits to the first 500 kids – Candy Drop for Children – Family Fly Field.View 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