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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 several theatres that are currently scheduling shows.

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Shopping

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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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

Thursday-Sunday, September 26-October 31, 2020

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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Thistleberry Farm

September 29 - October 31, 2020

Thistleberry Farm is a favorite fall destination for families with its corn maze, sunflower field, pumpkin patch and more.

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Seasonal

ZOO BOO at Potawatomi Zoo

October 23-25, and 29-30. See website for hours

Pumpkins, lights, and decorations will transform the Potawatomi Zoo into the perfect spot to celebrate Halloween safely in 2020.

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Boo at the Zoo – Washington Park Zoo

October 24, 25, and 31

Make plans to fly your broomstick down to the Washington Park Zoo with your young goblins, ghosts, princesses, and zooperheros to spend a day with the animals.

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Halloween Barnfest

October 30 - October 30, 2020

Put on your favorite costume and join us at The Barns at Nappanee for our first Halloween BarnFest, including games, hayrides, candy, and much more!

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Arts and Entertainment

Barker Mansion’s Family Halloween Day

October 31 - October 31, 2020

Tour the first floor of the Barker Mansion for free while participating in our scavenger hunt!

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EUROPEAN MARKET PUMPKIN PALOOZA

October 31 - October 31, 2020

A special Halloween themed market! Trick or treat with select vendors. Costume contests for kids and dogs. Free pumpkin decorating.

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Nature

Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

October 31 - October 31, 2020

Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike, Once in a Blue Moon, to Lake Michigan and back.

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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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Sporting Events

Shipshewana Rodeo

November 06 - November 07, 2020

Come join us at the MEC for a unique experience with our Ranch Rodeo. Sanctioned by the WSRRA Western States Ranch Rodeo Association

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Community

Christmas in Shipshewana

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.

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Food/Beverage

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 WONDERLAND AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

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 beauty

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WINTER LIGHTS DRIVE THROUGH – SUNSET HILL FARM

Every night, November 28 to December 31

Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.

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Holly Days

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 arrival

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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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Arts and Entertainment

Shipshewana’s Majestic Noel; Equestrian Variety Show

See website for show dates and times

Two full hours of non-stop Christmas excitement filled with nonstop equestrian adventures, featuring beautiful horses with incredibly talented riders.

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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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Breakfast with Santa

December 12 - December 12, 2020

There is no setting more unique and cozy than the century old barn restaurant for breakfast with Santa.

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Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Ice Festival Sponsored Carvings

December 29 - December 29, 2020

In downtown Shipshewana professional ice carvers will be creating pieces of art selected by local businesses.

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Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Ice Festival Competitive Carving and Chili Cookoff

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.

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