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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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Festivals & Events

Community

GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS

The first Friday of every month

Downtown Goshen, Inc. focuses on letting people know just how exciting our city can be. With monthly festivals and themed events FREE to the public,

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Shipshewana Auctions

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.

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Arts and Entertainment

Blue Gate Theatre

See theatre website for schedule of shows and concerts.

In Shipshewana, the Blue Gate Theatre offers both popular Broadway musicals and well-known musical performers.

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Lerner Theatre

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Experience a wide variety of entertainment at The Lerner Theatre, an Elkhart Landmark; a state of the art performance and event facility.

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Morris Performing Arts Center

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Pop concerts, symphony, comedians, Broadway touring shows, dance and family entertainment all grace the stage at the Morris Performing Arts Center

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Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre

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A musical repertory theatre featuring Plain and Fancy, the story of life and love on an Amish farm, in repertory with five musicals and one comedy

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Community Theatres in Indiana’s Cool North

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Indiana's Cool North has a number of community theatres. See the individual theatres for their show and concert schedules.

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Nature

SHUTTLE BUS TOURS OF INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK

Call for times and dates

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Park in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

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Shopping

MIDDLEBURY SPRING SHOP HOP

March 21 - March 23, 2019

Come hop the 6 locally owned shops through our quaint town of Middlebury; You’ll find vintage, repurposed, decor, furnishings, boutique clothing, jewelry, locally made items, antiques, gifts and artisan goods.

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NTPA SPRING NATIONALS INDOOR TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL

March 22 - March 23, 2019

NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals, the interconnected convention, equine, and concert venue will launch its largest motorsports event with five invitational classes on each of two nights

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Food/Beverage

Shady Creek Winery Live Music Series!

March 23 - March 23, 2019

The New Live Music Series at The Loft at Shady Creek Featuring Sugarbear and Dan Moore

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 26 - April 29, 2019

Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town tradition

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HORSEBACK RIDING AT THE DUNES

April 27 - April 27, 2019

Join fellow equestrians for an extremely rare chance to ride on the beaches of Lake Michigan BYOH (bring your own horse).

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Arts and Entertainment

RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL IN GOSHEN

May 02 - May 04, 2019

This celebration of independent cinema from around the globe.

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Shopping

4th Annual LaPorte County Spring Barn/Shop Hop

May 03 - May 05, 2019

Tour five 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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Shipshewana Mayfest

May 03 - May 04, 2019

Are you ready for spring? It's right around the corner, and so is our MayFest celebration!

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Shopping

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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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

May 16 - May 19, 2019

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event hosted by the Indiana Audubon Society that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes.

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Arts and Entertainment

JAMMIN WITH SAVE THE DUNES

June 01 - June 01, 2019

This festival on the Lake Michigan shoreline is about all things local - local bands, local brewiers, local wineries, and local food.

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Fairs and Festivals

Queen Of All Saints Parish Festival

June 06 - June 09, 2019

The Queen of All Saints Festival is an annual event with music, food, fun, rides, beer garden, bingo, crafts, kids’ games and more.

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WEEKEND FLEA MARKET – DOG DAYS AT SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET

June 14 - June 15, 2019

Bring your four-legged, furry doggo to the Shipshewana Flea Market for our special June weekend market!

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Fairs and Festivals

Elkhart Jazz Festival

June 21 - June 23, 2019

Downtown Elkhart’s Arts & Entertainment district comes alive with a weekend-long celebration of jazz during the Elkhart Jazz Festival!

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