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.
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
Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 to Sept 26, 2018; 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 Sunday and Tuesday at 6:30pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day
The shows are a themed production including music and costumes with an announcer to guide you through the action.View Details
June 09 - October 13, 2018
The community will have the opportunity to view these works and learn more about Andy Warhol and his impact on the global art world.View Details
On July 6 and August 3
Celebrate summer in downtown South Bend with Meet Me on the Island.View Details
July 14 - July 21, 2018
LOTS of Family FUN & Entertainment at the LaGrange County Fair.View Details
July 15 - July 21, 2018
The fair is where many people go to display their accomplishments throughout the year, with a little bit of friendly competitionView Details
July 19 - July 28, 2018
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
July 20 - July 28, 2018
Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation.View Details
July 28 - July 28, 2018
Annual Dixie Day Festival - artisan festival; open air market; 5k; car, truck & bike show; food vendors and so much more!View Details
August 02 - August 05, 2018
Festivities include farm wagon rides, 4 stages of continuous free entertainment, special festival foods including famous breaded Hoosier tenderloins, bring a distinctive flavor to this annual event.View Details
August 02 - August 05, 2018
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 04 - August 04, 2018
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 11 - August 11, 2018
Join us for this fun event that benefits local charities here in Syracuse, IN. The triathlon is sanctioned by USAT.View Details
August 12 - August 12, 2018
3rd Annual Prairie Magic Music Festival, which will take place at Sunset Hill Farm County ParkView Details
August 18 - August 18, 2018
The streets of downtown are filled with performing, visual, and culinary artists, for a day-long celebration of our local artists!View Details
August 31 - September 03, 2018
Blueberries served every which way highlights the Midwest’s largest four-day festival.View Details
See website for game schedule
The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.View Details
September 07 - September 08, 2018
Steam and antique tractors showcase this event, while threshing, wood carving, cider press and rug weaving demonstrations reveal old skillsView Details
September 08 - September 08, 2018
This long-standing community tradition returns for its 40th year. The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all agesView Details
September 13 - September 16, 2018
The Nappanee Apple Festival is home to Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie and comes out of the oven just in time to kick off the festival!View Details
September 14 - October 28, 2018
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Indiana with its cool, comfortable days and crisp October evenings. Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort will be decorated for the season with corn shocks, pumpkins and scarecrows galore!View Details
September 15 - September 15, 2018
The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic Downtown LaPorte is one of the largest area festivals with over 100 craft and non-profit vendors.View Details
September 15 - September 15, 2018
Come to Bacon Fest this year and enjoy some great music and of course BACON! We will have many booths and food trucks that will each have a specialty bacon item!View Details
September 21 - September 22, 2018
Browse tents filled with crafts, housewares plus homemade pies, breads, cheeses, sausages and other goodies. Come join the festivities and bring your family and friends, and help raise money for those suffering from natural disastersView Details
September 28 - September 30, 2018
Join us for a celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern-style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food and craft booths, tractor pulls, a parade, run/walk event and live entertainment.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
October 04 - October 06, 2018
Shipshewana will be hosting a festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.View Details
October 12 - October 14, 2018
Culver Fall Fest is an annual weekend event held in October. The festival is hosted by the Culver Chamber of Commerce located in Culver, Indiana.View Details
October 12 - October 13, 2018
Meet your friends, enjoy the breathtaking view of the St. Joseph River; listen to music, and sample tantalizing food and brew!View Details
Three weekends - Oct 13-14; Oct 20-21; Oct 27-28
Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad. Watch out for the Mad Lumberjack that haunts these woods! The Hesston Ghost Train is frightening fun for everyone (appropriate for small children).View Details
October 20 - October 21, 2018
Join us for this annual reenactment of Midwestern Life from 1660 to 1815. Visit the woodland Indian Village, Merchant’s Row, and the River Rogue camp and see the canon demonstration, throw tomahawks, and much more!View Details