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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.View Details
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.View Details
Saturday & Sunday, Nov 4 to Dec 24
Bring your camera and one non-perishable food item per each person in the photoView Details
November 11 - December 31, 2023
Experience the magic of Shipshewana during Christmas time. Shipshewana will put you in the Christmas spirit with holiday lights, musicals, and much more.View Details
November 11 - December 30, 2023
Featuring six animated displays depicting scenes from the holiday classic "A Christmas Story."View Details
November 11 - January 05, 2024
Explore our Holiday Artisan Market with dozens of regional artists contributing hundreds of hand-crafted holiday pieces,View Details
November 17-18; then November 24-December 31
Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile and a half long symphony of colorful light scenesView Details
Thurs-Sun, Nov 17-Dec 14; Daily Dec 14-31.
Marvel at the abundance of color in the Forest of Lights at Fair Oaks Farms during the holiday seasonView Details
Every night, November 18, 2023 to January 1, 2024
Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.View Details
Fri-Sun, November 24-26, Dec 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17; Wed-Sat, Dec 20-23, and Tues-Wed, Dec 26-27
Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beautyView Details
November 24 - December 30, 2023
A twinkling display of holiday lights with one-of-a-kind creations and favorite seasonal charactersView Details
Friday through Sunday, November 24 to December 23
More than a million lights will be wrapped around trees and in free-standing displays at Potawatomi Zoo.View Details
November 25 - January 01, 2024
Bozak Family Christmas Light Show is celebrating it's yearly spectacular holiday lights and music magic.View Details
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Nov 30 - Dec 30
Our elves are hard at work putting together the most extravagant drive-thru holiday light experienceView Details
Friday & Saturday, Dec 1, 2, 8, & 9
Kris Kringle Market with holiday artisans, festive food vendors, mulled wine, and hot cocoaView Details
Fridays in December and January
Ice Skate to the sounds of the show!View Details
First two Saturdays and Sundays in December (Dec 2, 3, 9, 10)
All aboard Santa’s Candy Cane Express…Don’t let the magic pass you by!View Details
December 03 - January 06, 2024
A variety of holiday and traditional displays at Washington Park that are truly a sight to behold!View Details
Dec 8-16 (no shows on Dec 10 or 11)
Two full hours of non-stop Christmas excitement filled with nonstop equestrian adventures, featuring beautiful horses with incredibly talented riders.View Details
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.View Details
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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.View Details
January 04 - January 06, 2024
Elite prep school teams from states across the country make up the NIBC, which partners with ESPN and several corporate sponsors to support the teams and stage the tournament.View Details
January 05 - January 05, 2024
Watch professional ice carvers transform 300-pound blocks of ice into exquisite sculptures in downtown Goshen.View Details
January 19 - January 20, 2024
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.View Details
February 03 - February 03, 2024
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.View Details
February 24 - February 24, 2024
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.View Details