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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
See the Indiana Dunes website for listing of hikes
Join a winter hike in the Indiana Dunes.View Details
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
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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 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.View Details
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 CenterView Details
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.View Details
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.View Details
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.View Details
February 07 - February 09, 2020
The North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) qualifying tournamentsView Details
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.View Details
February 15 - February 15, 2020
Bring your valentine out for some nerdy shenanigans at The Hall of Heroes Museum.View Details
February 16 - February 16, 2020
Northwest Indiana’s premier bridal fair, fashion show, wedding vendors and drawing for a trip to Las Vegas.View Details
February 22 - February 22, 2020
Prepare for spring at this gardening EXPOView Details
March 07 - March 08, 2020
Warm up with an early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time.View Details
March 07 - March 07, 2020
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrated in Michigan CityView Details
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 BushView Details
April 19 - April 19, 2020
The LaPorte County Draft Horse Association will be hosting their annual Spring Plow Day at the Door Prairie BarnView Details
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 traditionView Details
April 30 - May 02, 2020
A celebration of independent cinema from around the globeView Details
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.View Details
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.View Details
June 05 - June 07, 2020
A waterside celebration of summer at Island ParkView Details
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!View Details