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. 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.
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
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
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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.View Details
The third Saturday of the month, February to May. Check website for times.
Join fellow astronomy lovers and enjoy our night sky from one of the darkest spots in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Telescopes will be provided for your viewing pleasure.View Details
April 18 - April 18, 2020
Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding seriesView Details
April 19 - April 19, 2020
The LaPorte County Draft Horse Association will be hosting their annual Spring Plow Day at the Door Prairie BarnView Details
April 24 - April 26, 2020
Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town traditionView Details
April 30 - May 02, 2020
A celebration of independent cinema from around the globeView 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
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 13 - May 17, 2020
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 16 - May 16, 2020
Porter County Parks and Recreation is very excited to host the first Sunset Hill Kansas City BBQ CompetitionView Details
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.View Details
June 05 - June 07, 2020
A waterside celebration of summer at Island ParkView Details
June 06 - June 06, 2020
This festival on the Lake Michigan shoreline is about all things local - local bands, local brewiers, local wineries, and local food.View Details
June 19 - June 21, 2020
Downtown Elkhart’s Arts & Entertainment district comes alive with a weekend-long celebration of jazz during the Elkhart Jazz Festival!View Details
June 24 - June 27, 2020
An award-winning 4-day event including: lectures and workshops and internationally recognized quilters.View Details
June 28 - June 28, 2020
Tour eight diverse private home gardens in the Bristol Area vetted by local Master Gardeners from the Michiana Master Gardener AssociationView Details
July 18 - July 18, 2020
Watch the sand come alive with dragons, monsters, and fairy tale characters. Participate or watch others' creations.View Details
July 30 - August 02, 2020
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