Every getaway needs a blend of excitement and relaxation. LaPorte County delivers on attractions, destinations, and activities that create the ideal vacation vibe. Visit Indiana Dunes National Park to arrange a ranger guided tour of the Pinhook Bog. Michigan City offers incredible beaches and harbor communities you might not expect to find in the Midwest, while the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa serves up all the fun and energy of Las Vegas.
Known as the festival capital of Northern Indiana, Visit Michigan City LaPorte celebrates its history, its people, and its natural beauty all year round. Ring in spring at the Friendship Botanical Gardens, spend a summer day at the LaPorte County Fair, size up some giant pumpkins at the Westville Pumpkin Festival or sunflowers at the Sunflower Fair, and explore a winter wonderland during the Washington Park Festival of Lights. With such a full calendar of events, the only question is: When will you be visiting?
Experience Indiana’s Cool North from the dunes to downtown
Your Michigan City experience wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Uptown Arts District with its studios, galleries and unique shopping and dining. Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets are sure to satisfy any shopaholic with 100 outlet stores. Feeling lucky? Try your luck at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and stay for a relaxing spa escape. Take the kids to Washington Park Zoo for a walk on the wild side and beat the heat at nearby Oasis Splash Park, or take them for a dip in Lake Michigan. See the power of the racing boats at the Great Lakes Grand Prix in August.
Be sure to pay a visit to Indiana Dunes National Park. Catch some rays on the shore of Lake Michigan, see the only working lighthouse in the state, and listen for the iconic sound of the “singing sands”.
Explore the Maple City
LaPorte (“the door” in French) is your gateway to a great time in Indiana’s Cool North. The historic district around Indiana and Michigan Avenues is home to exceptionally well-preserved examples of American architectural styles. At the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, you’ll find awesome exhibits on weapons from around the world, cool vintage cars, and the Civil War.
Get your fresh air fix at one of the city’s many parks. Held every September, the Sunflower Fair celebrates the beauty of fall, the vibrancy of the local community and of course sunflowers! If you’re craving a little culture, take in a show with the LaPorte Little Theatre Club—one of America’s longest running community theatre groups.
Explore outdoor art in Westville.
This welcoming community has a lot to offer visitors, with a lively fall festival, an excellent outdoor art display, and good home-style food. Westville is the home of Purdue University Northwest, which features the largest outdoor sculpture park in the state, set amid acres on this pleasant shady campus. Walk among larger-than-life sculptures created by world-renowned artists on a self-guided tour where you’ll discover an incredible variety, from colorful works to stark modern creations to light-hearted figures.
Your small town escape in Indiana’s Cool North.
Drive less than an hour from LaPorte, and you’ll be in the heartland of Northern Indiana. The town of Wanatah numbers just 1,000 residents, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do! Discover the impact of America’s railroads on the community at the Wanatah Historical Society Museum and visit the site where Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train stopped in 1865.
Fall is festival time in Indiana’s Cool North, and Wanatah delivers with the annual Scarecrow Festival held every September. Enjoy scarecrow sculpting, fun runs for kids and adults, arts and crafts, rides, a fish fry and pancake breakfast, and a whole lot more. At Blue Sky Berry Farm, pick blueberries as big as quarters, have a picnic on the grounds, and soak in that sweet country life.
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