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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall 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.
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 moreView Details
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,View Details
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.View Details
Every Friday and Saturday to December 15
Enjoy holiday shopping from your favorite Shipshewana Flea Market vendors, as well as, a selection of local vendors.View Details
November 10 - December 31, 2018
Experience the beauty of Shipshewana during Christmas time. Shipshewana will put you in the Christmas spirit with holiday musicals, sleigh rides and much more.View Details
November 17 - January 04, 2019
9th annual Holiday Artisan Market: Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift-givingView Details
November 22 - January 01, 2019
Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.View Details
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday from November 23 to December 23
See our inaugural holiday lights display. More than a million lights will be wrapped around trees and in free-standing displays at Potawatomi Zoo.View Details
December 01 - January 05, 2019
Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays at Washington Park that are truly a sight to behold!View Details
Friday and Saturday evenings (and Sunday, Dec 23), through Dec 29
Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beautyView Details
Saturday nights in December
Come see Barker Mansion as Christmas tree lights will be the only source of illumination during popular Glowing Lights Nights.View Details
See the Indiana Dunes website for listing of hikes
Join a winter hike in the Indiana Dunes.View Details
December 27 - December 28, 2018
Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana. Pieces for local businesses will be carved on Thursday, competition carving on Friday will be at the Wolfe Building along with a chili cook-off!View Details
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.View Details
March 02 - March 03, 2019
Warm up with an early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time.View Details
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.View Details