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Top 5 Things to Do in Marshall County

With a focus on enjoying the best of the great outdoors and honoring its pioneer and Native American roots, Marshall County truly is a hidden gem in Indiana’s Cool North. When it comes to the best things to see and do, locals love everything from lakeside lounging to exploring awesome nature trails. Plus, there are some incredible festivals and unique cultural attractions that will really put you in touch with local life in Marshall County. Read on for our top five recommendations of things to see and do in Marshall County.


Travel the Barn Quilt Trail

Follow the Barn Quilt Trail and you’ll find giant quilt block murals adorning homesteads, barns and public spaces all over the county. Complimenting the vibrant quilt gardens found around Northern Indiana, the trail connects Marshall County communities and honors the region’s passion for art, the tradition of quilting, and good ol’ fashioned Hoosier hospitality. Each of the trail’s four loops begin at the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Plymouth and take between one and two hours to drive. There are 76 murals in all and no two are the same!

Spend a Day at The Lake

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You don’t have to be able to pronounce Lake Maxinkuckee to know that it’s one of the most popular spots in Marshall county. Known as “Lake Max” by locals, there are endless activities around and on the lake to keep you and your family entertained. Feel like doing nothing at all? It’s a great place for that too. Relax on Culver beach, rent a bike for the day, or head out on a fishing expedition. Even in winter, you can settle in to a shack on the lake for an awesome ice fishing experience. For a blast from the past, stop in at The Original Root Beer Stand, an old school drive-in where car hops bring your meal right to your vehicle.

Get Out and Golf

Marshall County is home to seven courses and clubs, making it an ideal destination for a golf getaway in Indiana’s Cool North. A must-play is the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Hills Golf Course in Culver. With a links-style design on the front nine and a more traditional feel on the back, Mystic Hills offers views of lush woodlands and beautiful wetlands, and it’s the only stop on the Pete Dye Golf Trail located in Northern Indiana. For truly dedicated golfers, family-owned Tri-Way Golf Club is open all year round, weather permitting


Stock Up on Local Treats

Any store known as “The Cheese King of the Midwest” is definitely worth a visit. In the town of Bremen, you’ll find Rentown Country Store—a general store filled with local goods like fresh baked breads, pastries, and sweets, and many Amish-made items. You won’t “brie-lieve” their incredible selection of cheeses! With over 80 varieties produced locally, and hailing from Ohio and Wisconsin, it’s a foodie’s dream come true. Grab breakfast or lunch in the Snack Den to fuel your day of discovery in Marshall County.

Get in Touch with Nature—and Your Faith

Nestled among the cornfields and lakes of Marshall County lies The Center at Donaldson. With a focus on art, earth, education, and spirit, The Center is home to seven ministries that are all worth exploring. Stock up on natural, grass-fed beef at Ancilla Beef & Grain Farm, learn to care for the earth at Earthworks, try your hand at weaving or working with clay at Moontree Studios, and much more. Pay a visit to the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Center at Donaldson and marvel at beautiful neo-Gothic architecture, intricate German woodcarvings, and ornate stained glass windows.


There is so much to offer in Marshall County that we had a hard time choosing just five highlights. Explore even more things to see and do in Marshall County and around Indiana’s Cool North here.