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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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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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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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Shipshewana Antique & Miscellaneous Auction

Auctions are held every Wednesday, year-round

Six to ten auctioneers simultaneously sell antiques, collectibles, estate items, and more.

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NIBCO Ice and Water Park- Ice Skating

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec 7- Feb26, Weather pemitting

NIBCO Water and Ice Park will be open for ice skating

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Ice Skating under the Urschel Pavilion

December 10 - March 31, 2023

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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ONCE UPON A WEEKEND

Jan 7-8; 27-28 or 28-29, 2023

An invitation to every princess for a customized overnight stay

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Potawatomi Zoo Winter Days
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Potawatomi Zoo Winter Days

Every other weekend in Jan, Feb, Mar

Come see what the animals are doing this winter.

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Winter Bird Walks

Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5

Family-friendly bird walks along Wellfield trails

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WinterFest 2023

January 27 - January 29, 2023

Includes your old favorite winter events, to some new twists; everything from Ice Sculptures to Softball Tournaments.

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BIG BARN BEER FEST

January 28 - January 28, 2023

Sample over 100 of the best craft beer from all over the region; there will also be live music and a food buffet. 

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Ice Fishing Derby

January 28 - January 28, 2023

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for the Annual Ice Fishing Derby!

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GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS – I LOVE GOSHEN

February 03 - February 03, 2023

Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Palentine’s:; this sweetheart’s holiday belongs to you in the heart of downtown Goshen!

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PAJAMA DAY SALE

February 04 - February 04, 2023

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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Photo Scavenger Hunt, Indiana Dunes State Park

February 11 - February 11, 2023

A photo scavenger hunt

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Super Heroes and Sweethearts

February 11 - February 11, 2023

Bring your sweetheart for fantastic photo ops with your loved one.

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Superb-Owl Hike

February 12 - February 12, 2023

Before you watch the Super Bowl today, make sure to come along for a 1-mile flat hike through owl habitats.

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The Midwest Sportsmen Classic

February 16 - February 18, 2023

All things outdoors will be at this show.... hunting, fishing and all things outdoors!

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DAS DUTCHMAN ESSENHAUS TRAIN SHOW

February 18 - February 18, 2023

Campus Wide Event complete with Vendors, Train Layouts, Kids Craft, Trolleys, & More!

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Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 25 - February 25, 2023

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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Hall of Heroes Comic Con

March 04 - March 05, 2023

Join in Elkhart's very own Comic Con, a fun, family, pop culture event for all ages. 

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Michigan City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 11 - March 11, 2023

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

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CORKSCREW & BREW

March 18 - March 18, 2023

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 18 - March 19, 2023

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

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Sugar Camp Days

March 18 - March 19, 2023

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

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Opening Day at the Zoos

April 01 - April 01, 2023

April 1 is opening day at the Washington Park Zoo and Potawatomi Zoo

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River Bend Film Festival

April 20 - April 23, 2023

An annual 3-day celebration of independent cinema from around the globe

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 28 - April 30, 2023

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 Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September

The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 700 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.

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CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MARKET

Every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October

Our European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment, and a festive community experience.

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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

May 11 - May 14, 2023

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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Michigan City Food Truck Festival

May 27 - May 28, 2023

Michigan City will host an assortment of gourmet food trucks, live music games and delicious drinks off the beach.

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Extended Shipshewana Flea Markets

Memorial Day: May 29-31; Independence Day: July 3-5; Labor Day: Sept 4-6

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 16-17 and August 4-5

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

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