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.
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.
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 website for schedule of concerts
For all the music lovers out there, come out and enjoy summer evenings in the park with the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival.View Details
July 20 - July 29, 2017
Fun for all. Grandstand, free entertainment, animals, exhibits, rides, food and much more.View Details
July 21 - July 29, 2017
Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation.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
July 29 - July 29, 2017
Amishland and Lakes, based at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana is a one day bike tour of the Amish countryside and lakes of northwest Indiana.View Details
July 29 - July 29, 2017
The urban adventure games is a thrilling, zany, action-packed exploratory race showcasing the communities of downtown South Bend, Mishawaka, and the Notre Dame areaView Details
July 29 - July 29, 2017
The 6th Annual Taste of LaPorte, held at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium will showcase some of LaPorte County's finest establishments.View Details
August 03 - August 06, 2017
Festivities include farm wagon rides, 4 stages of continuous free entertainment, and special festival foods.View Details
August 03 - August 08, 2017
The 9th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix rumbles onto the southern shore of Lake Michigan once againView Details
August 05 - August 05, 2017
Bring the whole family and find a treasure at the 2017 Shipshewana Antique Festival!View Details
August 10 - August 12, 2017
This years event will feature Minneapolis Moline Tractors and Farm Equipment.View Details
August 10 - August 13, 2017
This is the largest in-water boat show on Lake MichiganView Details
August 11 - August 11, 2017
Join a ranger for a spectacular evening light show courtesy of this annual meteor shower.View Details
August 12 - August 12, 2017
HannaFest celebrates our small town history, heritage and people with a classic Midwest flair.View Details
August 19 - August 19, 2017
Over 200 visual, performing and culinary artists from the Michiana area. Stroll the streets of downtown South Bend during this free, family-friendly event.View Details
August 19 - August 20, 2017
Celebrate and foster the appreciation of a dynamic array of contemporary artists and artisans through the exhibition and sale of contemporary art in a festival setting.View Details
August 26 - August 27, 2017
Experience life as it was from the mid 1700s to the 1930s.View Details
August 26 - August 26, 2017
The streets are filled with food vendors, arts and crafts, live entertainment, pork burger eating contest, double elimination cornhole tournament, and a guess-the-weight-of-a-pig contest.View Details
August 26 - August 27, 2017
Come all to the annual Michiana Renaissance Festival at Pinhook Park in South BendView Details
September 01 - September 04, 2017
Held over Labor Day weekend the Blueberry Festival is one of the Midwest's premier events and has been named a "Top 100 Event" in North American by the American Bus Association.View Details
September 02 - September 02, 2017
Taste food from local eateries and non-profit groups in the Duneland area. Live music, beer and wine garden, and bounce houses for the kidsView Details
September 08 - September 09, 2017
Steam Show, Tractor/Engine Show, Pony Rides, Antique Swap Meet, Threshing, Sawmill, Blacksmith Horse Plowing, Train Rides, Wood Carving, Food, Food and More Food!!!View Details
September 09 - September 09, 2017
The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids' games, five-mile Popcorn Panic, two live music stages and the nation's first Popcorn ParadeView Details
September 14 - September 17, 2017
The Nappanee Apple Festival is home to Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie and comes out of the oven just in time to kick off the festival!View Details
September 15 - September 17, 2017
A wine tasting event upon the beautiful shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.View Details
September 16 - September 16, 2017
Zoo Brew will be held at the Potawatomi Zoo and feature craft beer from the area’s finest breweries and distributors.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 30 - September 30, 2017
This annual event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it.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 08, 2017
Culver Fall Fest is an annual weekend event held in October.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 18 - November 18, 2017
End of the season craft beer festival celebrating many local and national breweriesView Details
December 01 - December 02, 2017
Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!View Details
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