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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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Shipshewana Weekly Auctions & Monthly Swap Meets

Auctions are held every Wednesday year-round; Swap Meets on select Saturdays, Apr-Oct.

Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday; Swap Meets on select Saturdays,

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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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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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Classic Car Cruise In

Thursday evenings from 4:30pm-8:00pm, May 12 through September 29

Whether you are a classic car owner or a car enthusiast this event is for you

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Upsadaisy Market

Every Sunday, May 22 to October 23

Chesterton's upscale urban vintage market for pickers, hunters, and treasure seekers

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Quilt Gardens and Seward Johnson Sculptures

May 30 - September 15, 2022

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail celebrate their 15th year by adding Seward Johnson sculptures to the quilt gardens

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Weekly Food Truck Rally (Shipshewana)

Every Wednesday thru Sept 15

Come to the MEC and enjoy some awesome food from our local food trucks, and a jam session.

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Lubeznik Arts Festival

August 20 - August 21, 2022

Features fine art and fine craft exhibitors alongside contemporary art galleries, food and interactive family activities.

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Go Fest! 2022

August 27 - August 27, 2022

A music-filled day with co-headliners Futurebirds and Israel Nash, with Food trucks and beer stands

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AUKIKI RIVER FESTIVAL

August 27 - August 28, 2022

Experience life as it was from the mid 1700s to the 1930s at the Aukiki River Festival. Interact with more than 35 encampments, see blanket traders, and the Collier's General Store.

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KOUTS PORK FEST

August 27 - August 27, 2022

Still Getting Dirty South of 30 for over 40 years. The annual Porkfest in downtown Kouts. Events will be happening all day throughout the downtown area.

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TASTE OF THE GARDENS AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

August 28 - August 28, 2022

Spend a summer day strolling through beautiful gardens, perusing fine art, listening to music and enjoying a sampling of tasty foods.

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Marshall County Blueberry Festival

September 01 - September 05, 2022

Blueberries served every which way highlights the Midwest’s largest four-day festival.

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Michigan City Oktoberfest

September 02 - September 05, 2022

Oktoberfest will feature multiple live music stages, local and regional food vendors, as well as art, craft and merchandise vendors

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Extended Shipshewana Flea Markets

Memorial Day: May 30-June 1; Independence Day: July 4-6; Labor Day: Sept 5-7

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market has extended markets on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

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INDIANA DUNES OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

September 10 - September 11, 2022

Showcases the region's natural and cultural significance through hiking, paddling, biking, and other activities such as geocaching, photography, birding, and orienteering in the Indiana Dunes

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Notre Dame Football Weekends

2022 Home Games: Sept. 10, 17; Oct. 15, 22; Nov. 5, 19

The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.

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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 10 - September 10, 2022

This long-standing community tradition returns. The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages

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Nappanee Apple Festival

September 15 - September 18, 2022

The Nappanee Apple Festival is home to Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie and comes out of the oven just in time to kick off the festival!

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Sunflower Fair

September 17 - September 17, 2022

The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic Downtown La Porte, with over 100 craft and nonprofit vendors

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VALPO BREWFEST

September 24 - September 24, 2022

Join the Annual Valpo Brewfest.; a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it

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