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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our nine 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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Sporting Events

Free Notre Dame Home Sporting Events

August 19 - May 31, 2022

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

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Nature

Sunset Hill Farm Self-Guided Hike

September 20 - December 31, 2021

Always available! Every month will feature a different topic and route for a self-guided hike through Sunset Hill Farm Park.

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A Shipshewana Christmas

November 08 - December 31, 2021

Experience the beauty of Shipshewana during Christmas time. Shipshewana will put you in the Christmas spirit with holiday musicals, sleigh rides and much more.

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Magic of Lights

November 19 - January 02, 2022

A unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience celebrating the holiday season within the comfort and safety of your own car.

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SHIPSHEWANA’S LIGHTS OF JOY

November 19, 20, Nov 26 – Dec 31 | Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile and a half long symphony of colorful light scenes

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WINTER LIGHTS DRIVE THROUGH – SUNSET HILL FARM

Every night, November 20, 2021 to January 1, 2022

Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.

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THE GIFT OF LIGHTS AT THE POTAWATOMI ZOO

Friday through Sunday, November 26 to December 19

More than a million lights will be wrapped around trees and in free-standing displays at Potawatomi Zoo.

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WINTER WONDERLAND AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

Fri, Sat, Sun, Nov 26 through Dec 19, 2021; Mon-Sun Dec 20-26 (closed Christmas Eve and Day)

Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beauty

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Howard Park Holiday Market

Thurs, Fri, Sat, Nov 26 to Dec 12

An outdoor market in the new Howard Park where local community makers offers uniquely curated goods, with live entertainment and festive food.

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WINTER WONDERLAND AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

Fri, Sat, Sun, Nov 26 through Dec 19, 2021; Mon-Sun Dec 20-26 (closed Christmas Eve and Day)

Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beauty

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Historical

Bremen Holy Walk

December 03 - December 04, 2021

Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!

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Miracles on Main and Market Street

December 04 - December 04, 2021

Kick off the holiday season in Nappanee with a parade!

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Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show – Holiday Show

December 04 - December 04, 2021

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

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Mistletoe Market
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MISTLETOE MARKET

December 04 - December 04, 2021

Chesterton’s European Market dresses up for the holidays! This extraordinary shopping experience has become a beloved holiday tradition for the European Market community.

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Historical

Pioneer Land Christmas Open House

December 04 - December 05, 2021

Pioneer Land is decorated the way it would have been in the 1840’s

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ELKHART WINTERFEST PARADE

December 04 - December 04, 2021

Join us for the WinterFest Parade down Main Street in Elkhart! Tree lighting and Skate at NIBCO.

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Santa’s Candy Cane Express @ Hesston Steam Museum

First two Saturdays and Sundays in December (Dec 4-12)

All aboard Santa’s Candy Cane Express…Don’t let the magic pass you by!

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Arts and Entertainment

Shipshewana’s Majestic Noel; Equestrian Variety Show

Dec 10-18; See website for show dates and times

Two full hours of non-stop Christmas excitement filled with nonstop equestrian adventures, featuring beautiful horses with incredibly talented riders.

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Shipshewana on the Road Gift, Food and Craft Show

December 11 - December 12, 2021

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

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Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Ice Festival Competitive Carving and Chili Cookoff

January 21 - January 22, 2022

Come watch professional ice carvers create unimaginable pieces of art side by side at the Wolfe Building! Then, warm up with a chili cook-off.

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Nature

Michiana Master Gardeners’ Garden EXPO

February 26 - February 26, 2022

Prepare for spring at this gardening EXPO

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