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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.View Details
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 chargeView Details
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec 4 - Feb 27
NIBCO Water and Ice Park will be open for 90-minute ice skating sessionsView Details
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.View Details
Sundays, Jan 2 - Apr 24, 2022; 10:30am-2pm
An indoor winter Farmer’s Market that is comprised of regional local vendors.View Details
Auctions are held every Wednesday year-round
Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday.View Details
January 08 - January 29, 2022
Try out snowshoeing on a ranger-led hike through beautiful Miller Woods.View Details
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.View Details
January 29 - January 29, 2022
Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for the Annual Ice Fishing Derby!View Details
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.View Details
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.View Details
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.View Details
February 11 - February 13, 2022
Winter fun including Ice carvers from all over the Midwest creating ice sculptures throughout town.View Details
February 12 - February 12, 2022
Talented artists are coming to share their time & creativity with local businesses who sponsor an ice sculpture!View Details
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.View Details
February 26 - February 26, 2022
Prepare for spring at this gardening EXPOView Details
March 05 - March 06, 2022
Join in Elkhart's very own Comic Con, a fun, family, pop culture event for all ages.View Details
March 12 - March 13, 2022
Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time.View Details
March 19 - March 20, 2022
Join us in celebration of the end of winter at Sugar Camp Days!View Details
Every Second Wednesday, April - October
Local artists and musicians are stationed in downtown businesses along scenic Main Street and Lexington Avenue.View Details
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 traditionView Details
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 foodView Details
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.View Details
May 06 - May 07, 2022
Are you ready for spring? It's right around the corner, and so is our MayFest celebration!View Details
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.View Details
May 28 - May 28, 2022
Bringing together local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area in an outdoor family-friendly environment.View Details
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.View Details
May 30 - June 01, 2022
The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, May 30 through Wednesday, June 1 for Memorial Day!View Details
June 09 - June 11, 2022
2022 LMA Annual Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer ChampionshipView Details
June 17 - June 18, 2022
The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open June 17-18 for a special weekend flea market!View Details
July 04 - July 06, 2022
The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, July 4 through Wednesday, July 6 for Independence Day.View Details
July 15 - July 17, 2022
Come experience the Annual Culver Lake Fest, where we have planned a great time for your familyView Details
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 MichiganView Details
August 05 - August 06, 2022
The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open August 5-6 for a special weekend flea market!View Details