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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our eight 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 visit the Indiana Dunes, ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and walk the grounds of the University of Notre Dame 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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Indiana Dunes

Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Porter, Hebron, Kouts

Rolling sand dunes. A national park. 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, Westville, Wanatah

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

Notre Dame, 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 this 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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Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa, Shipshewana

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, quilt gardens and historic downtowns all add to an experience that is original, authentic, and a little outside of the ordinary.

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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, 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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South Shore

Whiting, Gary, Saint John, Merrillville, Hammond

Discover the City of Whiting, nestled between Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan, with their World of Mascots at the Mascot Hall of Fame, interactive children’s museum. You won’t want to miss the Hard Rock Casino or Miller Beach in Gary, and the Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville, Stop at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond to view exhibits, purchase your gifts, or get information about the area.

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Free Notre Dame Home Sporting Events
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Free Notre Dame Home Sporting Events

August 01 - May 31, 2024

The University of Notre Dame home athletic events - not including football, basketball and hockey - that fans can attend free of charge

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Shipshewana Auctions

Auctions are held every Wednesday and Friday, year-round

Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday. A horse auction is held every Friday, in addition to special yearly sales.

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Ice Skating under the Urschel Pavilion

December 09 - March 31, 2024

Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion.

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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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Potawatomi Zoo Winter Days

Every other weekend Jan 6 to Mar 17

Come see what the animals are doing this winter.

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Birding with the Audubon Society at the National Park

Feb 3 and Mar 2, 2024

Look for and learn to identify some of the water birds visiting Lake Michigan during the winter.

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Lake County Boat Show
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Lake County Boat Show

February 23 - February 25, 2024

Come see boat brands and accessories from the area's best dealers.

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SAVOR THE SOUTH SHORE RESTAURANT WEEKS

February 26 - March 10, 2024

Savor the South Shore Restaurant Weeks features specially priced 3-course menus or discounts from participating restaurants.

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NWI FISHING & OUTDOOR EXPO 2024

March 01 - March 03, 2024

Visit with fishing & outdoor vendors, get tips from the experts, book a charter trip

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MAPLE SUGAR TIME

March 09 - March 10, 2024

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time.

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Maple Syrup Time

March 11 - March 17, 2024

Come witness this special time of the year, tapping the trees and gathering the sap

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Sugar Camp Days

March 16 - March 17, 2024

Join us in celebration of the end of winter at Sugar Camp Days!

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Michigan City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16 - March 16, 2024

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrated in Michigan City

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Maple Syrup Days

March 16 - March 17, 2024

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 16 - March 16, 2024

Set in Chesterton’s beautiful Thomas Centennial Park, the Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this tasting.

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Shipshewana on the Road Gift, Food and Craft Show

March 16 - March 17, 2024

A Gift, food, & craft show is a weekend of fun where you’ll find anything and everything under the sun!

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Crown Point St Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 - March 17, 2024

The original lighted, nighttime St. Patrick's Day parade

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Lake County Antique & Vintage Market

March 22 - March 23, 2024

Antique toys, art glass, primitives and folk art, Farm House Decor, antique and vintage jewelry, Advertising signs

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Shipshewana Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Shows

April 20, October 26, & December 7, 2024

A show featuring gifts, vintage items, home decor, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewelry, baked goods, signs and more!

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 26 - April 28, 2024

Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town tradition

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Shipshewana Swap Meets

Swap Meets are held on select Saturdays, daylight to 1pm, Apr-Oct

The Swap Meet is an outdoor, open-air marketplace, selling fowl, poultry, small animals, pets, produce, baked goods, antiques, guns, flowers, trees, shrubs, and food

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Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr 30 to Sept 25, 2024

The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with an open-air market the size of 30 football fields.

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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

May 16 - May 19, 2024

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event hosted by the Indiana Audubon Society that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes.

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Extended Shipshewana Flea Markets

Memorial Day: May 27-29; Independence Day: July 2-4; Labor Day: Sept 2-4, 2024

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market has extended markets on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

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Shipshewana Weekend Flea Markets

June 14-15 and August 2-3, 2024

The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open for a special weekend flea market!

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XINSURANCE Great Lakes Grand Prix

July 31 - August 04, 2024

Thousands of visitors head to Michigan City’s Washington Park each summer for a spectacle of speed and sound as some of the world’s fastest and most colorful powerboats roar across Lake Michigan

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