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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our nine 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 visit the Indiana Dunes, ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and walk the grounds of the University of Notre Dame 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

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

Notre Dame, 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, quilt gardens 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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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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Free Notre Dame Home Sporting Events

August 19 - May 31, 2022

The University of Notre Dame announced home athletic events - not including football, basketball and hockey - that fans can attend free of charge

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NIBCO Ice and Water Park- Ice Skating

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec 4 - Feb 27

NIBCO Water and Ice Park will be open for 90-minute ice skating sessions

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Ice Skating under the Urschel Pavilion

January 02 - March 31, 2022

Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion.

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The Off-Season Market

Sundays, Jan 2 - Apr 24, 2022; 10:30am-2pm

An indoor winter Farmer’s Market that is comprised of regional local vendors.

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Shipshewana Weekly Antique & Misc Auctions

Auctions are held every Wednesday year-round

Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday.

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Snowshoe Hike in Miller Woods

January 08 - January 29, 2022

Try out snowshoeing on a ranger-led hike through beautiful Miller Woods.

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Potawatomi Zoo Winter Days

Winter Days are Jan 8 and 23, Feb 5 and 20, and Mar 5 and 20. Open for the season on April 1, 2022

Come see what the animals are doing this winter.

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Ice Fishing Derby

January 29 - January 29, 2022

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for the Annual Ice Fishing Derby!

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BIG BARN BEER FEST

January 29 - January 29, 2022

Sample some of the best craft beer from all over the region. In addition to unlimited sampling of over 100 craft beers, there will also be live music and a food buffet. 

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Mount Baldy Winter Summit Hike

January 30 - January 30, 2022

Meet at the Mount Baldy parking lot for a ranger-led hike to the top of the beautiful and famous Mount Baldy.

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PAJAMA DAY SALE

February 05 - February 05, 2022

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.

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Culver WinterFest

February 11 - February 13, 2022

Winter fun including Ice carvers from all over the Midwest creating ice sculptures throughout town.

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SYRACUSE-WAWASEE WINTER WONDERLAND OF ICE

February 12 - February 12, 2022

Talented artists are coming to share their time & creativity with local businesses who sponsor an ice sculpture!

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Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 19 - February 19, 2022

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.

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Michiana Master Gardeners’ Garden EXPO

February 26 - February 26, 2022

Prepare for spring at this gardening EXPO

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Hall of Heroes Comic Con

March 05 - March 06, 2022

Join in Elkhart's very own Comic Con, a fun, family, pop culture event for all ages. 

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MAPLE SUGAR TIME

March 12 - March 13, 2022

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time.

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Sugar Camp Days

March 19 - March 20, 2022

Join us in celebration of the end of winter at Sugar Camp Days!

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Elkhart Art Walk
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Elkhart Art Walk

Every Second Wednesday, April - October

Local artists and musicians are stationed in downtown businesses along scenic Main Street and Lexington Avenue.

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 21 - April 24, 2022

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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Shipshewana Swap Meets

Swap Meets are held on select Saturdays, daylight to 1pm, Apr-Oct

The Swap Meet is an outdoor, open-air marketplace, selling fowl, poultry, small animals, pets, produce, baked goods, antiques, guns, flowers, trees, shrubs, and food

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Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September

The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 700 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.

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Shipshewana Mayfest

May 06 - May 07, 2022

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

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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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Oakwood Fine Arts Festival

May 28 - May 28, 2022

Bringing together local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area in an outdoor family-friendly environment.

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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

May 30 - September 15, 2022

This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.

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Memorial Day Extended Shipshewana Flea Market

May 30 - June 01, 2022

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, May 30 through Wednesday, June 1 for Memorial Day!

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LMA World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

June 09 - June 11, 2022

2022 LMA Annual Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

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Shipshewana Weekend Flea Market

June 17 - June 18, 2022

The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open June 17-18 for a special weekend flea market!

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Independence Day Shipshewana Extended Flea Market

July 04 - July 06, 2022

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, July 4 through Wednesday, July 6 for Independence Day.

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Culver Lake Fest

July 15 - July 17, 2022

Come experience the Annual Culver Lake Fest, where we have planned a great time for your family

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Great Lakes Grand Prix

August 04 - August 07, 2022

Thousands of visitors head to Michigan City’s Washington Park each summer for a spectacle of speed and sound as some of the world’s fastest and most colorful powerboats roar across Lake Michigan

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Shipshewana Weekend Flea Market

August 05 - August 06, 2022

The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open August 5-6 for a special weekend flea market!

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Labor Day Extended Shipshewana Flea Market

September 05 - September 07, 2022

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, Sept 5 through Wednesday, Sept 7 for Labor Day!

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