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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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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

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

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

2020 Theatre Shows & Concerts in Indiana’s Cool North

See individual theatres for schedule of shows and concerts.

Indiana's Cool North has at least two theatres that are continuing to provide shows this summer.

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MIDWEST RAIL RANGERS ON THE SOUTH SHORE LINE

Check website for dates and times

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.

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49’er Drive-In Theatre

Weekends, April thru September; Open every night Memorial Day weekend to the third week in August.

Experience a blast from the past at a place that has been chosen as one of the top drive-ins in the nation.

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CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MARKET

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

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 19 through October 14; 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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LaPorte Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, May 23 to October 10

An outdoor market where you can buy direct from the producer vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods and flowers.

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Michigan City Farmers Market

Every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, May to October

Providing our community with the freshest produce, providing a space filled with locally grown food and artisan goods.

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Fairs and Festivals

FALL HARVEST DAYS AT THE BARNS

Tuesday-Sunday. Check website for hours and events.

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Indiana with its cool, comfortable days and crisp October evenings. The Barns at Nappanee (Home of Amish Acres) will be celebrating fall!

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Arts and Entertainment

River Bend Film Festival

October 01 - October 03, 2020

A celebration of independent cinema from around the globe is going virtual for 2020.

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The Circus

October 20 - October 25, 2020

The Circus has hair raising thrills, contests to participate in, death-defying acts, hilarious comedy, animal rides, and more!

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Seasonal

Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show – Fall Market

October 24 - October 24, 2020

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

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SHIPSHEWANA’S LIGHTS OF JOY

November 6th - 28th | Friday & Saturday December 1st - January 2nd | Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Christmas Day and New Years Eve)

Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile-long symphony of various light scenes in Shipshewana

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Christmas Lights decorating downtown Shipshewana, Indiana.
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The Lighting of Shipshewana

The light parade and Lighting of Shipshewana is Nov 7

Experience the beauty of Shipshewana during Christmas time with the Light Parade and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree.

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Christmas in Shipshewana

The light parade is Nov 7; special events are planned, and shopping until Christmas!

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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CORKSCREW & BREW

November 07 - November 07, 2020

Set in Chesterton’s beautiful Thomas Centennial Park, the Fifth Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this fall tasting. There will be food available for purchase as well as live music and games.

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Winter Lights Night Festival

November 21 - November 21, 2020

Kick off the holiday lights display with more than 300 displays, visit Santa, enjoy bonfires, and end with a fireworks display.

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CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MISTLETOE MARKET

December 05 - December 05, 2020

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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Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show – Holiday Show

December 05 - December 05, 2020

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

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Historical

Bremen Holy Walk

December 11 - December 12, 2020

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

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Shipshewana on the Road Gift, Food and Craft Show

December 12 - December 13, 2020

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

December 29 - December 30, 2020

Come watch professional ice carvers create unimaginable pieces of art!

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