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.

The Gateway Mile - Explore Elkhart’s hub of art and culture

Between Wellfield Botanic Gardens and the historic St. Vincent’s Church, you’ll find a mile packed with endless downtown fun in Elkhart. Art, history, recreation, dining—it’s all here in the glorious Gateway Mile. The perfect place for a day out with family or friends, five awesome museums, shop local art at Arts on Main, or shop for chic clothing in a retro atmosphere at Stephenson’s.

Channel your inner soprano at the gorgeous Lerner Theatre, surround yourself with elegant art and architecture at Ruthmere, or make a splash at NIBCO Water & Ice Park—all set against the peaceful backdrop of the RiverWalk. Take your pick from one of the Gateway Miles collection of brewpubs and restaurants to unwind after your day of discovery.

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