Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, activities, and events so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

Kelsey’s Steakhouse - A Refined steak and seafood experience

Soak in a world-class steakhouse experience in Valparaiso. Serving up fresh cuts of premium beef and succulent seafood, Kelsey’s offers a relaxing atmosphere and inviting bar area. This little corner of food heaven is easy to spot—you can’t miss the giant cow statue outside!

Get a little adventurous with escargot baked in garlic butter, or try some local seafood favorites like lake perch or wild-caught walleye. And the steaks? They’re second to none. From fork-tender filet mignon to mouthwatering prime rib, every dish is sure to satisfy. For really big appetites, take the six pound steak challenge for you shot at their wall of fame.

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