Top 10 Things to Do That are Ready When You Are
Posted on June 9, 2020 by Dina Miller
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.
Shipshewana, Middlebury, and Nappanee – Discover the World of the Amish
Visitors love to explore these communities where the Amish come to shop and work in horse-drawn buggies and on bicycles. Shipshewana, Middlebury and Nappanee offer a wonderful chance to learn more about the unique culture of people who live life faithfully and simply, without many modern-day conveniences such as electricity and cars.
The Heritage Trail will help you navigate your way. Stay in your car if you wish, or get out and explore where you feel comfortable! Check to see if Menno-Hof – the Amish and Mennonite Visitors Center in Shipshewana – is open, or take a buggy tour that introduces you to Amish life.
Shopping and food take center stage in businesses large and small, where you’ll find stores selling everything from Amish peanut butter and freshly baked bread to handcrafted cabinets and clocks. Bountiful Amish food draws diners to restaurants where roast beef, ham, chicken, potatoes, noodles are favorites . And then there are all those incredible pie choices. If you cannot dine in, many are offering carry-out. Be sure to find out if the Shipshewana Flea Market is open, because every Tuesday and Wednesday May through September, it offers everything from fine creations to curious finds.
Discover the shoppes at Coppes: Once home to the “Hoosier Cabinet” factory for Coppes Kitchen Cabinets, today Coppes Commons is a sprawling shopping complex. Both elegant and industrial, it’s an incredible place to learn a little about local history, and shop for furniture, handmade leather goods, Amish crafts, and much more