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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. 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

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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MIDWEST RAIL RANGERS ON THE SOUTH SHORE LINE

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Come ride the South Shore to learn about the historic steel-making region of Northwest Indiana, Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, and the breadbasket region of Indiana.

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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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Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19 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.

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LaPorte Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, May 23 to October 10

An outdoor market where you can buy direct from the producer vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods and flowers.

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Michigan City Farmers Market

Every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, May to October

Providing our community with the freshest produce, providing a space filled with locally grown food and artisan goods.

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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

May 30 - September 15, 2020

This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.

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Car and Bike Cruise In at The Barns at Nappanee, Home of Amish Acres

Every Friday night, June 19 to September 11; 5-8pm

Weekly Car and Bike Cruise for classic car owners and enthusiasts.

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Arts and Entertainment

Arts in the Park

Wednesday's and Thursday's July, August 2020

A different band is featured each week throughout the summer… jazz, pop, blues, country, Christian, barber-shop, big band

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Sand Sculpture Contest at Indiana Dunes State Park

July 18 - July 18, 2020

Watch the sand come alive with dragons, monsters, and fairy tale characters. Participate or watch others' creations.

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Shipshewana Antique Festival

August 01 - August 01, 2020

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!

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Elkhart Amish Acres Art Fest
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2020 Summer Art Festival

August 06 - August 09, 2020

The 58th annual Arts & Crafts Festival at the Barns at Nappanee, home of Amish Acres

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AUGUST WEEKEND AT SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET

August 14 - August 15, 2020

Come to the Shipshewana Flea Market for our special August weekend market!

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ELKHART RIVERWALK GRAND PRIX

August 14 - August 15, 2020

One of the country’s greatest street races is returning to Elkhart, Indiana this August to tackle the new Riverwalk race course.

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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 12 - September 12, 2020

This long-standing community tradition returns. The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages

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BACON FEST

September 19 - September 19, 2020

Come out and enjoy music, crafts, and of course bacon!

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FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL & ANTIQUE EQUIPMENT SHOW

September 26 - September 27, 2020

Antique farming demonstrations with food vendors, flea market and antiques cars and trucks on site!

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VALPO BREWFEST

September 26 - September 26, 2020

A celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Sample over 200 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers.

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River Bend Film Festival

October 01 - October 03, 2020

A celebration of independent cinema from around the globe

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INDIANA DUNES OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

October 02 - October 04, 2020

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 Dunes

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CORKSCREW & BREW

November 07 - November 07, 2020

Set in Chesterton’s beautiful Thomas Centennial Park, the Fifth Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this fall tasting. There will be food available for purchase as well as live music and games.

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