It’s the simple things in life. Connecting with the great outdoors, wandering through a market, exploring a unique museum, or just plain ol’ people watching. In LaGrange County, life is straightforward, uncomplicated, and distinctly different. But you will also be surprised at the professional entertainment available in this small town. Between the MEC and the Blue Gate Theatre, there is something going on most of the time.
Amish culture is central to LaGrange County’s identity, and you’ll feel its influence everywhere you go. Ditch the minivan in favor of a buggy ride. Forget fast food and sit down for a hearty family-style meal. Leave the to-do list on the fridge and live in the moment. It’s all about exploration in Indiana’s Cool North, so come see what’s in store in Shipshewana and LaGrange County.
Where Amish culture comes to life
It’s no secret that Shipshewana is one of the coolest places in Northern Indiana. This town of less than 700 people welcomes one and half million visitors per year! Search for treasures and put your bargaining skills to the test at one of the Midwest’s largest flea markets. Take a step back in time and experience Shipshewana’s scenic countryside on a horse and buggy ride. Bring a taste of the Amish life home with expertly crafted handmade goods, freshly baked treats, and much more.
Head to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in June to see impressive examples of handiwork from around the United States. At Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, you’ll see some exotic animals up close from a wagon, and have a chance to feed the monkeys at the petting zoo. Take in a Broadway-style show, music concert or comedy act at the Blue Gate Theatre or a variety of events, including rodeos and seasonal shows at the MEC. Be sure to get your homemade pretzel at JoJo’s in the Davis Mercantile, and visit the 1906 Dentzel Carousel with hand-carved farm animals on the top floor.
Outdoor Adventure in Indiana’s Cool North
Explore off the beaten path and discover the rustic charm of LaGrange. Spend a day on the water with Canoe/Kayak adventures; the Pigeon River and 70 freshwater lakes offer excellent opportunities to explore. Maple Wood Nature Center and Dallas Lake Park offer miles of hiking trails to view wildlife. Take a tour along LaGrange’s winding back roads and see the colorful creations along the Barn Quilt Trail.
After a day exploring the outdoors, you will be ready for one of LaGrange’s dining options. Foltz Bakery is serving old-fashioned goodness since 1936. Try the house-smoked meat and handcrafted burgers at Fireside Craft Burgers and Brew.
You’re not in Kansas any more
Just ten minutes from Shipshewana, Topeka is the ideal small town escape. Discover the region’s pioneer spirit at David Rogers Memorial Park. It’s the first park created in LaGrange County, and is home to authentic log buildings. Topeka is also the home to one of the largest Draft Horse Auctions in the Midwest.
Fill up with a hearty home-cooked meal in an Amish home, or at Tiffany’s Restaurant to fuel a day of adventure and exploration in Indiana’s Cool North.