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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Winter Days are January 23, February 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20.
Come see what the animals are doing this winter.View Details
January 25 - March 31, 2021
Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion.View Details
February 27 - February 28, 2021
The Annual Fishing and Outdoor Show. There will be boats, vendors, seminars, door prizes, food & drink and charter boat captains.View Details
March 6, 27 and 28
Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears with new options in the 2021 sugar bushView Details
March 20 - March 21, 2021
Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time.View Details
Sat & Sun March 27, 28; Sat April 3
Easter celebration at Linton's; visit baby chicks, ducks, lambs and goats; ride the Easter EggspressView Details
April 23 - April 25, 2021
Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town traditionView Details
April 24 - April 25, 2021
Hoosier Coho Club’s Pro/Am is a Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishing contest with cash prizes.View Details
May 01 - May 01, 2021
Join for a day of chocolate bliss! With more than 20 participating retail locations, as well as several restaurants offering special sweet treatsView 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
Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September; Auctions held Wednesday & Friday year-round
The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.View Details
May 13 - May 16, 2021
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 15 - May 16, 2021
Experience that Magic of OZ at the 2021 Wizard of Oz Days in Chesterton,View Details
May 30 - September 15, 2021
This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.View Details
June 05 - June 05, 2021
People of all ages are welcome to participate in the Take-A-Kid Fishing event at beautiful Rogers-Lakewood Park.View Details
June 10 - June 13, 2021
A waterside celebration of summer at Island ParkView Details
June 12 - June 12, 2021
Bringing together 30 local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area in an outdoor family-friendly environment.View Details
June 18 - June 20, 2021
Downtown Elkhart’s Arts & Entertainment district comes alive with a weekend-long celebration of jazz during the Elkhart Jazz Festival!View Details
June 19 - June 19, 2021
Set in Chesterton’s beautiful Thomas Centennial Park, the Fifth Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this tasting.View Details
June 23 - June 26, 2021
An award-winning 4-day event including: lectures and workshops and internationally recognized quilters.View Details
July 10 - July 17, 2021
Oldest Indiana fair features Pioneer Land, rides, 4-H exhibits, bazaar, demolition derbies, food and celebrity entertainment,View Details
July 22 - July 31, 2021
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
Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation.View Details
August 05 - August 08, 2021
The 300 booths of vendors at The Amish Acres, Arts & Crafts Festivals represents over 200 cities and 30 states from across America.View Details
August 05 - August 08, 2021
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 07 - August 07, 2021
Bring the family and find a treasure at the Shipshewana Antique Festival. Shop quality dealers who set up selling antiques, jewelry, vintage items, collectibles, furniture, up-cycled products, glassware, and toys, and more!View Details
August 28 - August 29, 2021
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.View Details
August 28 - August 28, 2021
Still Getting Dirty South of 30 for 40 years. The annual Porkfest in downtown Kouts. Events will be happening all day throughout the downtown area.View Details