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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, Wanatah, Rolling Prairie

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 Winona Lake Park

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 Lake

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. 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

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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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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Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September 2019; 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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All the Fall Fun

Check websites for dates and hours

Exploring pumpkin patches, getting fresh produce at u-picks, and navigating some massive corn mazes

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FALL HARVEST DAYS AT AMISH ACRES

September 14 - November 01, 2019

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Indiana with its cool, comfortable days and crisp October evenings. Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort will be decorated for the season with corn shocks, pumpkins and scarecrows galore!

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Notre Dame Football Weekends

See website for game schedule

The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.

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Nappanee Apple Festival
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Nappanee Apple Festival

September 19 - September 22, 2019

The Nappanee Apple Festival is home to Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie and comes out of the oven just in time to kick off the festival!

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Bison, Band & BBQ

September 21 - September 21, 2019

End of summer outdoor concert and cookout featuring live local performances & smoked bison, pulled pork & bacon sausage!

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Fairs and Festivals

Hooked on Art – Live Street Art Festival

September 21 - September 21, 2019

A festival that celebrates live street art in progress.

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INDIANA DUNES APPLES FESTIVAL

September 21 - September 22, 2019

Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at the historic Chellberg Farm, with activities such as tractor-pulled hayrides, games and crafts, and even apple-chucking.

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Sunflower Fair

September 21 - September 21, 2019

The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic Downtown La Porte, with over 100 craft and nonprofit vendors

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Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

September 27 - September 29, 2019

Arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting, variety acts, a car show, and more!

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MICHIANA MENNONITE RELIEF SALE & QUILT AUCTION

September 27 - September 28, 2019

Browse tents filled with crafts, housewares plus homemade pies, breads, cheeses, sausages and other goodies. Come join the festivities and bring your family and friends, and help raise money for those suffering from natural disasters

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Pioneer Days at Creek Ridge County Park

September 28 - September 29, 2019

Experience wagon rides, outdoor cooking, crafts, food, and more. Visit with historically clad vendors, and try activities that are both fun and educational!

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Oktoberfest Party

September 28 - September 28, 2019

Come party with us! This year’s Oktoberfest party will feature beer releases and a firkin tapping at 11 AM

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Hesston Steam Museum
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Chicago Days at Hesston Steam Museum

September 29 - September 30, 2019

Featuring trains you grew up riding: the miniature steam train from Kiddieland in Melrose Park and the Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad that meandered through the Brookfield Zoo

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114th Annual Corn School Festival

October 01 - October 05, 2019

Small Town Annual Street Fair. Parades each evening and on Saturday afternoon, food vendors, carnival rides and fun for the whole family.

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Arts and Entertainment

Shipshewana Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 03 - October 05, 2019

Shipshewana will be hosting a festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.

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Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market

Every Friday and Saturday October 4 to December 7

Enjoy holiday shopping from your favorite Shipshewana Flea Market vendors, as well as, a selection of local vendors.

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Fairs and Festivals

INDIANA DUNES OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

October 04 - October 06, 2019

Showcases the region's natural and cultural significance through hiking, paddling, biking, and other activities such as geocaching, photography, birding, and orienteering in the Indiana Dunes

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Shopping

5th Annual LaPorte County Fall Barn/Shop Hop

October 04 - October 06, 2019

Shop LaPorte County’s best kept secrets- tour 5 unique area shops offering antiques, folk art, handcrafts, salvage, re-purposed, vintage, primitives, furniture, yard art, one-of-a-kinds and more.

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Fairs and Festivals

Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 04 - October 06, 2019

Join us for a celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern-style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food and craft booths, tractor pulls, a parade, run/walk event and live entertainment.

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ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL

October 05 - October 06, 2019

Hayrides, pumpkins a corn maze, face painting and kiddie crafts

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Barker Blackout Tours

October 05 - October 06, 2019

Hear eerie stories about the city’s past and the mansion.

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Hesston Ghost Train

Saturdays and Sundays, October 12 - 27

All aboard for some spooky fun when the Hesston Ghost Train rolls out at the Hesston Steam Museum

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Nature

SANDHILL CRANE PADDLE

October 13 - October 13, 2019

Witness one of America's greatest wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visiting the shallow marches on their annual migration.

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ZOO BOO

October 18 - October 20, 2019

Pumpkins, lights, and decorations will transform the Potawatomi Zoo into the perfect spot for safe trick-or-treating. Head to the Zoo decked out in your Halloween costume and visit the treat stations.

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FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL

October 18 - October 20, 2019

Get ready for two days of costumes, tricks, treats, spooks, and more at the Fall Harvest Festival.

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Masquerade at the Mansion

October 18 - October 18, 2019

Hear a spine-tingling reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” and make your own mask.

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Boo At The Washington Park Zoo

October 19 - October 19, 2019

A safe trick or treating experience for your ghosts and goblins! Area businesses sponsor booths along the decorated zoo paths and hand out candy to the kids.

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Flame + Flair Uptown Halloween Festival

October 26 - October 26, 2019

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SHIPSHEWANA LIGHT PARADE

November 09 - November 09, 2019

Holiday Light Parade officially kicks off the Christmas season in Shipshewana and begins at dusk (6:00pm).

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Downtown for the Holidays

November 30 - December 21, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at the Santa Parade or Winter Market!

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