How to Spend a Rainy Day in Indiana’s Cool North
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How to Spend a Rainy Day in Indiana’s Cool North

One thing we’re sure of is that you’ll discover something eclectic and exciting on your Northern Indiana getaway. But one thing we can’t predict? The weather. Indiana’s Cool North is home to hundreds of awesome outdoor activities, but when mother nature decides not to cooperate, where do you go? We compiled a list of places to go to keep you warm, dry, and definitely entertained.

Fireflies Fun Zone

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Kids and adults alike will have a blast at Fireflies Fun Zone in Chesterton. Try your hand at laser tag, with fun black light murals, top-tier equipment, and over 4,000 square feet of floor space. Get your game on in the arcade, and kick it old-school with a game of four-player PacMan. Do your little ones need to burn off a bit of energy? Let them loose in the children’s playground area full of slides, tunnels, and a big ball pit. There’s also a safe play space for toddlers aged four and under.

Fiddler’s Hearth

A dreary day is the perfect time to post up in one of South Bend’s most popular pubs. Settle in around the cozy fireplace and soak in all things Celtic at Fiddler’s Hearth. Grab a good book, play a board game, or just sit around and people watch. Warm up with traditional dishes like fish and chips or steak and Guinness pie, sip a pint or two, and get your toes tapping to fantastic live music. Locals love it here, and you’ll soon see why.

Wild Rose Moon Theater

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If you find yourself in historic downtown Plymouth, stop in at Wild Rose Moon theater for a unique cultural experience. This dynamic performance space features an intimate concert hall and a lower level theater. Relive the charm of a bygone era and attend a live recording of the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour on Saturday afternoon, with guest musicians, poets, and a good story or two from the show’s host George Schricker.

Coppes Commons

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A sprawling complex of historic brick buildings once home to furniture and cabinet factories now houses some of the best shopping in Amish Country. At Coppes Commons, you’ll find authentic handmade goods that truly speak to the spirit of Northern Indiana. From unique leather products and accessories at Jakal Leather to vintage collectibles at Dutch Lady Antiques, it’s definitely worth spending a day here. Grab a bite to eat without going outside at Rocket Science Ice Cream or the Nappanee Bakery, and check out the antique furniture at the Hoosier Cabinet Museum.

Shipshewana Trading Place Auction

Get your bidding paddles ready for a fun and furious day of auction action at Shipshewana Trading Place. Every Wednesday, auctioneers sell antiques, collectibles, furniture, and a whole lot more. Things really get wild during the horse and livestock auctions, so be sure to stick around. The facility also houses a flea market and full-service restaurant to make for a full and entertaining day in LaGrange County.

Don’t let a little rain get you down on your Northern Indiana vacation. With so many things to see and do indoors, it’s easy to keep boredom at bay. Discover more exciting attractions in Indiana’s Cool North here.