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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. 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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LaPorte Lighthouse

Michigan City Laporte

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.

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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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Kosciusko Winona Lake Park

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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Shipshewana LaGrange County

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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Marshall County Culver Lake

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. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart 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.

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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 Flea Market & Auctions

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.

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Warhol: Icon & Influence @ Lubeznik Center for the Arts

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.

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Shopping

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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Notre Dame Football Weekends

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.

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Fairs and Festivals

FALL HARVEST DAYS AT AMISH ACRES

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!

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Shipshewana Corn Maze

Every Friday and Saturday through Nov 3

15 Acres of Corn, 7.3 Miles of Trails and 3 Unique Mazes!!!

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Fairs and Festivals

Westville Pumpkin Festival

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.

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VALPO BREWFEST

September 29 - September 29, 2018

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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Seasonal

WAKARUSA PUMPKIN TREE

October 01 - November 04, 2018

Visit Historic Downtown Wakarusa in the fall to witness the Giant Pumpkin Tree

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Community

113th Annual Corn School Festival

October 02 - October 06, 2018

Small Town Annual Street Fair. Parades each evening and on Saturday afternoon, food vendors, carnival rides and fun for the whole family.

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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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Arts and Entertainment

Shipshewana Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 04 - October 06, 2018

Shipshewana will be hosting a festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.

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Shopping

4th Annual LaPorte County Fall Barn/Shop Hop

October 05 - October 07, 2018

Shop LaPorte County’s best kept secrets- tour 5 unique area shops offering antiques, folk art, handcrafts, salvage, re-purposed, vintage, primitives, furniture, yard art, one-of-a-kinds and more.

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Historical

Black Out Tours

Friday and Saturdays in October

Discover the untold, spooky side of Michigan City history. This will be a great evening to look at our City’s history with a spooky twist.

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Hesston Steam Museum
Historical

Chicago Days at Hesston Steam Museum

October 06 - October 07, 2018

Featuring trains you grew up riding: the miniature steam train from Kiddieland in Melrose Park and the Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad that meandered through the Brookfield Zoo

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Fairs and Festivals

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

October 06 - October 07, 2018

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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Culver Fall Fest

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.

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Arts and Entertainment

South Bend Jazz Festival

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!

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Historical

Hesston Ghost Train

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).

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Fairs and Festivals

Syracuse Fall Harvest Festival

October 13 - October 13, 2018

This family friendly event is hosted alongside the final date of the Artisans & Farmers Market and will feature several fall themed activities including hay rides, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, pony rides, games, antique tractors, live music, food vendors and more.

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Seasonal

KANKAKEE RIVER SANDHILL CRANE PADDLE

October 14 - October 14, 2018

Witness one of America's greatest wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visiting the shallow marches on their annual migration.

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Historical

GATHERING AT FIVE MEDALS

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!

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Sporting Events

Big Hat Rodeo “Born to Buck” Tour Championship

November 02 - November 03, 2018

The Big Hat Rodeo Co is proud to be bringing their 2018 Tour Championship Rodeo to the MEC. 2 HUGE performances of non-stop pro rodeo action and excitement including 7 sensational rodeo events!

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Seasonal

SUNSET HILL FARM – LIGHTS DRIVE THROUGH

November 22 - January 01, 2019

Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.

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Shopping

CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MISTLETOE MARKET

December 02 - December 02, 2018

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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