Every getaway needs a blend of excitement and relaxation. LaPorte County delivers on attractions, destinations, and activities that create the ideal vacation vibe. Visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to arrange a ranger guided tour of the Pinhook Bog. Michigan City offers offers incredible beaches and harbor communities you might not expect to find in the Midwest, while the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa serves up all the fun and energy of Las Vegas.
Known as the festival capital of Northern Indiana, Visit Michigan City LaPorte celebrates its history, its people, and its natural beauty all year round. Ring in spring at the Friendship Botanical Gardens, spend a summer day at the LaPorte County Fair, size up some giant pumpkins at the Westville Pumpkin Festival, and explore a winter wonderland during the Washington Park Festival of Lights. With such a full calendar of events, the only question is: When will you be visiting?
Experience Indiana’s Cool North from the dunes to downtown
Your Michigan City experience wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Uptown Arts District with its studios, galleries and unique shopping and dining. Lighthouse Place Outlets are sure to satisfy any shopaholic with 100 outlet stores. Feeling lucky? Try your luck at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and stay for a relaxing spa escape. Take the kids to Washington Park Zoo for a walk on the wild side and beat the heat at nearby Oasis Splash Park, or take them for a dip in Lake Michigan.
Be sure to pay a visit to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Catch some rays on the shore of Lake Michigan, see the only working lighthouse in the state, and listen for the iconic sound of the “singing sands”.
Explore the Maple City
LaPorte (“the door” in French) is your gateway to a great time in Indiana’s Cool North. The historic district around Indiana and Michigan Avenues is home to exceptionally well-preserved examples of American architectural styles. At the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, you’ll find awesome exhibits on weapons from around the world, cool vintage cars, and the Civil War.
Get your fresh air fix at one of the city’s many parks. Held every September, the Sunflower Fair celebrates the beauty of fall, the vibrancy of the local community and of course sunflowers! If you’re craving a little culture, take in a show with the LaPorte Little Theatre Club—one of America’s longest running community theatre groups.
Your small town escape in Indiana’s Cool North.
Drive less than an hour from LaPorte, and you’ll be in the heartland of Northern Indiana. The town of Wanatah numbers just 1,000 residents, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do! Discover the impact of America’s railroads on the community at the Wanatah Historical Society Museum and visit the site where Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train stopped in 1865.
Fall is festival time in Indiana’s Cool North, and Wanatah delivers with the annual Scarecrow Festival held every September. Enjoy scarecrow sculpting, fun runs for kids and adults, arts and crafts, rides, a fish fry and pancake breakfast, and a whole lot more. At Blue Sky Berry Farm, pick blueberries as big as quarters, have a picnic on the grounds, and soak in that sweet country life.
Sometimes a drive to get away from it all is just what the doctor ordered. Undulating hills of fertile farmland, dense forest, and tranquil orchards line the scenic county roads of Rolling Prairie Area. It’s the cure for the everyday and one of the most peaceful places in Indiana’s Cool North.
Farm life is front and center here. Visit the adorable miniature horses at Knapp’s Knee-High Miniature Horse Farm (by appointment only), shop for folk art, antiques, and other treasures on the LaPorte County Spring Barn/Shop Hop, and relish the nostalgic fun of Olde Farmers Fest in downtown Rolling Prairie Area. Be sure to stop by Jennie Rae’s Restaurant (originally Bob’s BBQ) and step back in time along the 1913 Lincoln Highway.