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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

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 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

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 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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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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Free Notre Dame Home Sporting Events

August 19 - May 31, 2022

The University of Notre Dame announced home athletic events - not including football, basketball and hockey - that fans can attend free of charge

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Gnome Hunt

September 05 - October 31, 2021

These adorable little gnomes have hidden themselves all over Chesterton in over 30 participating businesses.

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Notre Dame Football Weekends

2021 Home Games: Sept. 11, 18; Oct. 2, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 20

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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Knollbrook Farms Corn Maze

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 18 - Oct 31

Fall fun and activities, including a giant 50' slide & 12 acre corn maze with over 5+ miles of pathway

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Upsadaisy Market

Every Sunday, September 19 to October 31

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

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Sunset Hill Farm Self-Guided Hike

September 20 - December 31, 2021

Always available! Every month will feature a different topic and route for a self-guided hike through Sunset Hill Farm Park.

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Cirque Alcatraz

October 14 - October 17, 2021

Cirque Alcatraz features riveting aerial acts, jaw-dropping stunts, incredible displays of human strength and balance, mystifying illusions and hilarious comedy.

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Hesston Ghost Train

Saturdays and Sundays, October 16-31

All aboard for some spooky fun when the Hesston Ghost Train rolls out at the Hesston Steam Museum

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The Circus at the MEC

October 20 - October 24, 2021

There is something for everyone to do at this year’s Circus! We hope to see you for what is sure to be an amazing time!

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ZOO BOO at Potawatomi Zoo

October 23, 24, 25

Zoo Boo is the Potawatomi Zoo’s annual safe trick-or-treating event complete with pumpkins, candy, lights and decorations

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Annual Festival of Owls – Humane Indiana

October 23 - October 23, 2021

Join Humane Indiana at the largest Owl Festival in Indiana for a day of family-friendly owl-themed fun.

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Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show – Fall Market

October 23 - October 23, 2021

A show featuring gifts, vintage items, home decor, crafts, clothing, accessories, beauty products, jewelry, baked goods, signs and more!

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Boo at the Zoo – Washington Park Zoo

October 24 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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“HOWL”WEEN IN THE DUNES!

October 30 - October 30, 2021

Get spooked and thrilled this Halloween at Indiana Dunes State Park. The activities will take place throughout the weekend.

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EUROPEAN MARKET PUMPKIN PALOOZA

October 30 - October 30, 2021

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

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GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS GOSHEN ART TOUR

November 05 - November 05, 2021

Local artists showcase their work in downtown Goshen businesses in this inspiring annual event.

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SHIPSHEWANA LIGHT PARADE

November 06 - November 06, 2021

Holiday Light Parade officially kicks off the Christmas season in Shipshewana and begins at dusk (6:00pm).

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SHIPSHEWANA’S LIGHTS OF JOY

November 19, 20, Nov 26 – Dec 31 | Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile and a half long symphony of colorful light scenes

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Winter Lights Night Festival

November 20 - January 01, 2022

Kick off the holiday lights display with more than 300 displays, visit Santa, enjoy bonfires, and end with a fireworks display.

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LaPour Brew and Wine Fest
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LaPour Brew & Wine Fest

November 20 - November 20, 2021

Great people, music, atmosphere and brews from local and regional breweries to help celebrate the day

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WINTER WONDERLAND AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

November 26 through December 26, 2021 (Days TBD)

Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beauty

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Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show – Holiday Show

December 04 - December 04, 2021

A show featuring gifts, vintage items, home decor, crafts, clothing, accessories, beauty products, jewelry, baked goods, signs and more!

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Mistletoe Market
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MISTLETOE MARKET

December 04 - December 04, 2021

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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Historical

Pioneer Land Christmas Open House

December 04 - December 05, 2021

Pioneer Land is decorated the way it would have been in the 1840’s

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Santa’s Candy Cane Express @ Hesston Steam Museum

First two Saturdays and Sundays in December (Dec 4-12)

All aboard Santa’s Candy Cane Express…Don’t let the magic pass you by!

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Arts and Entertainment

Shipshewana’s Majestic Noel; Equestrian Variety Show

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

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