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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our seven 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 ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and visit the world’s largest chocolate shop 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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Places to Explore in the Cool North.

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Indiana Dunes

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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LaPorte Lighthouse

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

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 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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Marshall County

Culver, Plymouth, Bremen

Thanks to its history as a crossroads in Northern Indiana, Marshall County offers an eclectic array of things to do, places to stay, and authentic Cool North attractions. The Quilt Barn Trail paints a charming picture of rural life in Northern Indiana, and the Blueberry Festival is one of the state’s most popular events.  Culver, “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” is home to Lake Max, the second largest natural lake in Indiana.  It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart Amish Buggy

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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Festivals & Events

Shopping

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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Winter Hikes in the Dunes

See the Indiana Dunes website for listing of hikes

Join a winter hike in the Indiana Dunes.

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Arts and Entertainment

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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MIDWEST RAIL RANGERS ON THE SOUTH SHORE LINE

Check website for dates and times

Come ride the South Shore to learn about the historic steel-making region of Northwest Indiana, Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, and the breadbasket region of Indiana.

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Fairs and Festivals

WinterFest 2020

January 24 - January 26, 2020

Join us for a blast of winter fun! Events include ice sculpture demonstrations, family ceramics, “snowball” softball tournament, chili cook-off, horse drawn wagon rides, polar plunge, and flash snow angels.

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Nature

PCMGA ANNUAL GARDENING SHOW

January 25 - January 25, 2020

One of the largest seed & bulb exchanges in the country and more than 100 exhibitors at the Porter County Expo Center

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Potawatomi Zoo Winter Days

Winter Days are January 25, February 8 and 22, and March 7

Come see what the animals are doing this winter, and get a sneak peak at the changes happening at the zoo.

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Shopping

PAJAMA DAY SALE

February 01 - February 01, 2020

Make plans for the annual trip for overnight pajama parties, and early morning shopping in jammies to take advantage of the sales. giveaways, drawings and deep discounts.

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CABIN FEVER FESTIVAL / GROUNDHOG DAY

February 01 - February 01, 2020

Get out of the house and enjoy a day of fun (and mostly) indoor activities for young and old along with free movies and music throughout the day.

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Sporting Events

North American Ice Fishing Circuit Tournament

February 07 - February 09, 2020

The North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) qualifying tournaments

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Food/Beverage

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 15 - February 15, 2020

The best brew masters in the Great Lakes Area, Craft brewers from Indiana, Michigan, and beyond will be pouring their delicious concoctions to please every palate.

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Seasonal

Valentines Day with the Super Heroes

February 15 - February 15, 2020

Bring your valentine out for some nerdy shenanigans at The Hall of Heroes Museum. 

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Fairs and Festivals

Bride Blu Bridal Fair

February 16 - February 16, 2020

Northwest Indiana’s premier bridal fair, fashion show, wedding vendors and drawing for a trip to Las Vegas.

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Nature

Michiana Master Gardeners’ Annual Garden EXPO

February 22 - February 22, 2020

Prepare for spring at this gardening EXPO

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Historical

MAPLE SUGAR TIME

March 07 - March 08, 2020

Warm up with an early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time.

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Michigan City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 07 - March 07, 2020

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

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Nature

Sugar Camp Days Festival

March 21 - March 22, 2020

Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears! Watch sap cook into syrup, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, tour the Sugar Bush

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Nature

Washington Park Zoo Opening Day

April 01 - April 01, 2020

The Zoo opens for the season

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Historical

Plow Day at the Door Prairie Barn

April 19 - April 19, 2020

The LaPorte County Draft Horse Association will be hosting their annual Spring Plow Day at the Door Prairie Barn

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 24 - April 26, 2020

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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Arts and Entertainment

River Bend Film Festival

April 30 - May 02, 2020

A celebration of independent cinema from around the globe

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Shopping

Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September; Auctions held Wednesday & Friday year-round

The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.

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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

May 30 - September 15, 2020

This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.

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Arts and Entertainment

RHAPSODY ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 05 - June 07, 2020

A waterside celebration of summer at Island Park

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Fairs and Festivals

Elkhart Jazz Festival

June 19 - June 21, 2020

Downtown Elkhart’s Arts & Entertainment district comes alive with a weekend-long celebration of jazz during the Elkhart Jazz Festival!

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Arts and Entertainment

SHIPSHEWANA QUILT FESTIVAL

June 24 - June 27, 2020

An award-winning 4-day event including: lectures and workshops and internationally recognized quilters.

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