Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our eight 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.
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.
Whiting, Gary, Saint John, Merrillville, Hammond
Discover the City of Whiting, nestled between Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan, with their World of Mascots at the Mascot Hall of Fame, interactive children’s museum. You won’t want to miss the Hard Rock Casino or Miller Beach in Gary, and the Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville, Stop at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond to view exhibits, purchase your gifts, or get information about the area.
Auctions are held every Wednesday, year-round
Six to ten auctioneers simultaneously sell antiques, collectibles, estate items, and more.View Details
December 10 - March 31, 2023
Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion.View Details
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
April 01 - April 01, 2023
April 1 is opening day at the Washington Park Zoo and Potawatomi ZooView Details
April 11 - September 10
These Cubs are a High-A affiliate of the big league squad., and has been recognized as one of the best ballparks in the Minor League.View Details
April 20 - April 23, 2023
An annual 3-day celebration of independent cinema from around the globeView Details
April 28 - April 30, 2023
Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town traditionView 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
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 11 - May 14, 2023
The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event hosted by the Indiana Audubon Society that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes.View Details
May 27 - May 28, 2023
Michigan City will host an assortment of gourmet food trucks, live music games and delicious drinks off the beach.View Details
Memorial Day: May 29-31; Independence Day: July 3-5; Labor Day: Sept 4-6
The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market has extended markets on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.View Details
May 30 - September 15, 2023
This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.View Details
June 08 - June 10, 2023
Three days of seminars, demonstrations, presentations, and workshops.View Details
June 09 - June 11, 2023
A professional sand sculpting 3-day competition and exhibition on Michigan City's lakefrontView Details
June 16-17 and August 4-5
The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open for a special weekend flea market!View Details
June 22 - June 25, 2023
Downtown Elkhart’s Arts & Entertainment district comes alive with a weekend-long celebration of jazz during the Elkhart Jazz Festival!View Details
July 08 - July 15, 2023
Oldest Indiana fair features Pioneer Land, rides, 4-H exhibits, bazaar, demolition derbies, food and celebrity entertainment,View Details
July 12 - July 16, 2023
Five nights of fun on Wolf Lake, George Lake and Lake MichiganView Details
July 15 - July 15, 2023
Watch the sand come alive with dragons, monsters, and fairy tale characters. Participate or watch others' creations.View Details
July 20 - July 29, 2023
There are great rides, great food and loads of exhibits and events. Check out the 4-H exhibits; ride the double Ferris Wheel.View Details
July 21-19, 2023
Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation.View Details
July 28 - July 30, 2023
Taking place in Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest® celebrates Eastern European food and culture with a wacky familial twist.View Details
July 28 - July 30, 2023
LakeFest boasts three days of music, AquaX racing, artisan market, venetian boat parade, fireworks, food and fun for the whole family on LaPorte’s lakes.View Details
August 02 - August 06, 2023
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 31 - September 03, 2023
Griffith celebrates it’s history every Labor Day weekend with the Rock ‘N’ Rail Music and Street Festival.View Details
September 09 - September 17, 2023
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 DunesView Details
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