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.
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Indiana's Cool North has several theatres that are currently scheduling shows.View Details
November 07 - December 28, 2020
Experience the beauty of Shipshewana during Christmas time. Shipshewana will put you in the Christmas spirit with holiday musicals, sleigh rides and much more.View Details
Nov 20, 21, 27, 28, and Dec 1 to January 2nd | Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Christmas Day and New Years Eve)
Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile and 1/2 long symphony of various light scenes in ShipshewanaView Details
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday from November 27 to December 20
More than a million lights will be wrapped around trees and in free-standing displays at Potawatomi Zoo.View Details
Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, November 27 through December 27, 2020
Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beautyView Details
Every night, November 28 to December 31
Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.View Details
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Dec 3-17
An outdoor market in the new Howard Park where local community makers offers uniquely curated goods, with live entertainment and festive food.View Details
December 04 - December 04, 2020
Valparaiso’s city sidewalks are the prefect place to welcome the holidays this year. Twinkling lights and festive flourishes set the stage for ice carvers, carolers, the Live Nativity and Santa’s arrivalView Details
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.View Details
December 05 - December 05, 2020
A show featuring gifts, vintage items, home decor, crafts, clothing, accessories, beauty products, jewelry, baked goods, signs and more!View Details
December 05 - December 05, 2020
The Snowflake Parade is sponsored by the Michigan City Fire DepartmentView Details
December 05 - January 03, 2021
A variety of holiday and traditional displays at Washington Park that are truly a sight to behold!View Details
December 11 - December 11, 2020
Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a Livestream Facebook tour of Bethlehem!View Details
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Two full hours of non-stop Christmas excitement filled with nonstop equestrian adventures, featuring beautiful horses with incredibly talented riders.View Details
December 12 - December 12, 2020
There is no setting more unique and cozy than the century old barn restaurant for breakfast with Santa.View Details
December 29 - December 29, 2020
In downtown Shipshewana professional ice carvers will be creating pieces of art selected by local businesses.View Details
January 23 - January 23, 2021
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