The name might be a little tricky to pronounce (cos-key-osco), but it tells an important story. The county was named after Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish nobleman and hero of the American Revolution. That’s also why the county seat is named Warsaw—the capital of Poland.
More than 100 lakes have shaped Kosciusko County’s culture as much as its geography. From being a playground for Hollywood stars, to a hideout for Capone and Dillinger during prohibition, lakes play a big part in forming Kosciusko County, which is now home to many moments for water lovers and land lovers alike with plenty of engaging experiences on board and on foot. Live Well in the Moment.
Culture and Community
Inspired by the community’s history and natural beauty, artists and artisans have made Warsaw their home. From the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and its “theatre in the round” to the art galleries in the city, Warsaw is a place for enrichment and exploration. Also considered the Orthopaedic Capital of the World, some of the largest manufacturers of Orthopaedics in the World are headquartered here, and offer tours.
Warsaw was named one of the Best Small Cities to Raise a Family by Forbes Magazine, and the City of Lakes welcomes you and your family to stay and play.
Home of Lake Wawasee
The largest lake in Indiana, with more than 25 miles of shoreline, Lake Wawasee is the pride and joy of Syracuse. Stop by Lakeside Park for a relaxing picnic, or head downtown to take in a blues show in an underground restaurant. Take a cruise on the SS Lillypad, a two-story, 110 passenger dinner boat on Lake Wawasee.
If you’re a souvenir hunter, you’ll want to spend some time shopping at the Artisan and Farmers Market. Wrap up a day in Syracuse with some fresh seafood from one of its quaint restaurants or around the fire pit at Sleepy Owl Supper Club.
Life on the Lakeside
Relaxation is the name of the game in Winona Lake. Explore a community that is all about connecting with each other, its visitors, and communing with its natural surroundings.
Don’t miss the chance to take a stroll through Village at Winona, where a number of Victorian homes have been turned into charming shops and eateries. Spend some time on the lake by renting a kayak or canoe, and make sure you stop in at Social Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop afterward for a special frozen treat. Enjoy the shores of Winona Lake from the Blue Heron Guesthouse, with all the charm and grace of a lakefront home built a century ago.
Heart of the Lakes
A visit to North Webster is all about getting outside and getting on the water! Take a ride on the famous Dixie sternwheeler, Indiana’s oldest sternwheel excursion boat.
The Dixie Days Festival and the Mermaid Festival are two family friendly festivals you won’t want to miss. Fishing enthusiasts will want to book some time with a Muskie guide to help you catch your next big one.
The Antique Town
Just eight short miles from Warsaw is the town of Pierceton, where antiques, collectibles, charm, and community are found in abundance. Pierceton has been a veritable haven for antiquers for decades, and you’ll find countless souvenirs and gifts in galleries and shops.
Grab a meal at The Old Train Depot, inside a renovated train station dating back to the 1860s. You won’t just find heirlooms in the town’s antique stores—if you’re in town in August, check out our Heirloom Tomato Festival at Brower Park! Reads Racing is a premier off-road racing group, and have both day and evening events,
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