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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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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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Sporting Events

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball is here for another season! Led by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish will look to dominate the ACC and have a successful 2017 – 2018 season.

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FISH ON – PORTAGE ANNUAL FISHING & OUTDOOR SHOW

February 24 - February 25, 2018

The Annual Fishing and Outdoor Show. There will be boats, vendors, seminars, door prizes, food & drink and charter boat captains.

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MAPLE SUGAR TIME

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 sugaring

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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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CORKSCREW & BREW

March 17 - March 17, 2018

The Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this springtime tasting.

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DOUGLAS CENTER OPEN HOUSE AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE

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 tradition

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SPRING MAKER’S MARKET AT COPPES COMMONS

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.

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2018 STRING-A-LONG QUILT SHOW

April 07 - April 08, 2018

Come out for a spectacular display of over 300+ quilts and quilted items, vendors, raffles, and so much more.

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Sporting Events

Indiana Barrel Racing Assoc. Super Show

April 13 - April 15, 2018

IBRA sanctioned barrel racing at its finest! 3 full days of Super Shows

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 27 - April 29, 2018

The 49th Annual Maple Syrup Festival -- Free Kettle Popped Popcorn, parade, shuttles, entertainment, Museum and Sugar Camp Tours!

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Shipshewana Kite Komotion

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.

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RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL IN GOSHEN

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 businesses

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Northern Indiana Lakes Festival

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!

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Lake City Skiers Water Ski Show

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.

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14th Annual Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival

June 08 - June 10, 2018

Three-Day outdoor Bluegrass Music festival held the 2nd full weekend of June each year.

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