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Elkhart Amish Buggy at Dawn
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May 22, 2015; South Bend 150 kickoff party
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Unwind Indiana

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. 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

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

Downtown South Bend First Fridays

Every First Friday of the month

Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more

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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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Winter Hikes in the Dunes

See the Indiana Dunes website for listing of hikes

Join a winter hike in the Indiana Dunes.

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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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Arts and Entertainment

Lerner Theatre

See theatre website for schedule of shows and concerts.

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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Arts and Entertainment

Morris Performing Arts Center

See theatre website for schedule of shows and concerts.

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

See theatre website for schedule of shows and concerts.

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

See individual theatres for schedule of shows.

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

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Sporting Events

ANNUAL DUNES GEOCACHE ADVENTURE

January 19 - January 19, 2019

Grab your adventure spirit and join in the fun. All you need is a GPS unit and a warm jacket.

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Fairs and Festivals

WinterFest 2019

January 25 - January 27, 2019

Join us for a blast of winter fun! Events include ice sculpture demonstrations, family ceramics, “snowball” softball tournament, chili cook-off, horse drawn wagon rides, polar plunge, and flash snow angels.

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CABIN FEVER FESTIVAL/GROUNDHOG DAY

February 02 - February 02, 2019

Get out of the house and enjoy a day of fun (and mostly) indoor activities at both the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and Paul H. Douglas Center. Activities for young and old along with free movies and music throughout the day.

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Shopping

PAJAMA DAY SALE

February 02 - February 02, 2019

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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Sporting Events

North American Ice Fishing Circuit Tournament

February 08 - February 10, 2019

2019 NAIFC National Championship Qualifier, Pine and Stone Lakes, LaPorte; bring the kids to Ice Camp on Saturday, Ice Fish and weigh-in on Sunday

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Maple City Ice Fishing Classic

February 09 - February 09, 2019

Maple City Ice Fishing Classic; Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st place by length in 6 categories: Pike, Bass, Bluegill/Red Ear, Crappie, Perch and Walleye.

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Food/Beverage

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 16 - February 16, 2019

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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Community

8TH ANNUAL MICHIANA CAMPING & RV SHOW AT THE MICHIANA EVENT CENTER

February 22 - February 24, 2019

Shop 100’s of RV’s -- you won’t find better deals in North America on travel trailer, fifth wheels, motorhomes and more! Come see brand new model year RV’s

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Historical

MAPLE SUGAR TIME

March 02 - March 03, 2019

Warm up with an early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time.

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Community

Michigan City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 09 - March 09, 2019

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrated in Michigan City on Sat, March 9, 2019; The parade starts at 1pm,

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Nature

MIGRATION BIRDING HIKE WITH THE INDIANA AUDUBON SOCIETY

March 09 - March 09, 2019

Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series

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Food/Beverage

CORKSCREW & BREW

March 16 - March 16, 2019

The Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this springtime, tasting. There will be food available for purchase as well as music to be enjoyed by all.

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