Top 10 Things to Do That are Ready When You Are

Our Top 15 lists showcase the many unique and eclectic things to do in Indiana's Cool North.  However, in the current COVID-19 world, not everything is open or the safest choice for your situation.  We have searched through our Top 15 lists and pulled together ten things to do that may be right for now or in the very near future.  Most are outdoor, some completely on your own in your car, and others are for smaller groups in safer settings that may be open now or will be soon.  We encourage you to follow current guidelines for face masks, hand washing and social distancing.  We know you are ready to get out and explore, and we have safe, close, and affordable options in northern Indiana.  The original tried and true Top 15 lists will remain for when the time is right!  Things change rapidly, so be sure to check with the individual websites or business before finalizing your plans.

Quilt Gardens on the Heritage Trail – See Patterns Burst into Bloom in Elkhart County

Supersized gardens planted in quilt designs give visitors an exciting, unique, and free way to view the patterns that are so much a part of history in Indiana’s Cool North. More than a million vibrant blooms go into creating these living displays in 16 gigantic gardens that change each year along Elkhart County’s Heritage Trail, a winding loop that also passes through welcoming communities, and features area attractions and Amish life. The drive was voted a USA Today Readers Choice and named one of America’s Most Scenic Drives. The trail also includes 4 hand-painted supersized quilt murals. (The gardens will be on display from May 30-Sept. 15 in 2020.)

You can pick up a free CD that leads you through the Heritage Trail and regales you with colorful stories of the region’s settlement and growth, its heroes, and scalawags.  Pick up your free CD and area guide at the Elkhart County Visitor Center.  In order to keep everyone safe, we ask that you call ahead for convenient pick up.

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