Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, events, and activities so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

Gabis Arboretum's Railway Garden

Hiking at Gabis Arboretum


The star attraction of the Gabis Arboretum is a half-mile model railway garden complete with waterfalls, elaborate bridges, and an impressive 14-foot change in elevation.

Gabis has over 300 acres of dog-friendly trails, gardens, woodlands, and wetlands; so you are welcome to bring your pet along for the outing.

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  • 31 Minutes to South Shore
  • 42 Minutes to Michigan City
  • 79 Minutes to Elkhart County

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