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.
Every Saturday, May 6 to October 28
An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown ChestertonView Details
May 30 - October 20, 2017
Gigantic public art display is open for free viewing this summer only. 56 Seward Johnson life-size bronze sculptures and a 25-foot tall, 27,000 pound monumental scale sculpture.View 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
Every Friday and Saturday, Sept 1 to Nov 11
Bring your family and friends and come enjoy the challenge of the maze, there is something for all ages to enjoy at the Shipshewana Corn Maze.View Details
See website for game schedule
The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.View Details
September 15 - October 31, 2017
Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort will be decorated for the season with corn shocks, pumpkins and scarecrows galore!View Details
September 22 - September 24, 2017
Farming demonstrations include steam engines, shingle mill, saw mill, field cooking, parade of power, flea market, and antique carsView Details
September 22 - September 24, 2017
Enjoy arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting,View Details
September 22 - September 23, 2017
Browse tents filled with crafts, housewares plus homemade pies, breads, cheeses, sausages and other goodies to raise funds for those suffering from natural disasters.View Details
September 23 - September 23, 2017
A festival that celebrates live street art in progress.View Details
September 29 - October 01, 2017
Join us for a celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern-style family event.View Details
September 30 - September 30, 2017
This annual event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it.View Details
October 03 - October 07, 2017
Small Town Annual Street Fair. Parades each evening and on Saturday afternoon, food vendors, carnival rides and fun for the whole family.View Details
October 05 - October 07, 2017
A festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.View Details
October 06 - October 06, 2017
A celebration of Autumn, with pumpkin carving, autumn specials, and the second annual Purple Porch Oktoberfest Celebration.View Details
October 06 - October 08, 2017
Culver Fall Fest is an annual weekend event held in October.View Details
October 07 - October 07, 2017
An afternoon of celebrating Germany’s longest going event right here in the Village at Winona.View Details
October 20 - October 22, 2017
Join us for South Bend’s favorite Halloween tradition – Zoo Boo! Pumpkins, lights, and decorations will transform the Zoo into the perfect spot for safe trick-or-treating.View Details
October 21 - October 22, 2017
Join us for this annual reenactment of Midwestern Life from 1660 to 1815.View Details
October 28 - October 28, 2017
This indoor handmade and vintage market features juried vendors who specialize in antiques, crafts, handmade items, primitives, artisan goods, furniture, salvage, home & garden décor, baked goods, gifts and so much more.View Details
November 10 - December 31, 2017
Drive thru light display, Sleigh Rides (weather permitting) Lighted Parade, November 11View Details
November 18 - November 18, 2017
End of the season craft beer festival celebrating many local and national breweriesView Details
November 24 - November 24, 2017
The Shipshewana Day After Thanksgiving Auction is a special sale attracting hundreds of horse lovers from all over the country.View Details
December 01 - December 02, 2017
Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!View Details
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.View Details