Across northern Indiana, from the Lake Michigan shores along Hammond and Portage to Kendallville and Howe out east along Interstate 69, you’ll find a wealth of premier things to see and do. Northern Indiana will welcome you and the whole group with an impressive slate of festivals, events, concerts, and more. Plan your visit today.
One of the can’t-miss destinations in northern Indiana is Fort Wayne. Sure, you’ll need to pack your favorite scarf-jacket-gloves combination, but not to worry – Fort Wayne will offer up a wide variety of excellent entertainment options this winter. Check out the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, or the skip some rocks along the very picturesque Maumee River which runs right through the heart of town.
The city of Valparaiso is widely known for their university of the same name, and, subsequently, its basketball program. As you begin your exploration of Valparaiso, you’ll discover one of northern Indiana’s premier venues for live theatre – the Chicago Street Theatre.
One of the popular destinations in northern Indiana for sports fans is South Bend, as it’s home to one of the most famous universities on the planet – the University of Notre Dame.
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Mingle with locals at fun farmers markets and enjoy sampling regionally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh pastries, breads, cheeses, honey, and preserves. Chesterton’s European Market attracts vendors from all over the Midwest. Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Farm Market in Goshen offers the option to pick your own apples from August-October. Browse the bins at Plymouth Farmers Market for fresh blueberries, corn, and squash. You’ll also find unique handmade jewelry from local artists.
The Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County are an annual tradition. Tour 19 different gardens in late May and see millions of flowers at their peak. The spectacular display frequently features sculptures placed throughout the gardens and special exhibits like quilt murals. Wellfield Botanic Gardens is situated on 36 acres. Explore over 20 themed sections including an English Garden, Japanese Garden, Waterfall Garden, and an Adventure Path for children. The gardens are open year-round.
Challenge yourself along the I-69 Golf Trail. Choose from six golf courses within a 90-mile stretch including popular fairways in Angola, Gas City and Fort Wayne. Indiana Dunes State Park offers more than three miles of beaches alongside Lake Michigan. Hike the three tallest dunes on the south shore. The Three Dunes Challenge done barefoot in summer and using snowshoes in winter, involves scaling Mt. Holden, Mt. Jackson, and Mt. Tom.
Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort is located 95 miles north of Indianapolis and four miles north of Monticello on Lake Shafer. Enjoy classic carnival rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl and carousel. Thrill seekers love Zero G, a giant looping roller coaster, and Hoosier Hurricane, a wild wooden roller coaster that traverses nearly the entire length of the park. The popular amusement park includes kiddie rides, an arcade, and a waterpark.
Visit Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City for bargains on everything from apparel and footwear to jewelry and toys. Coppes Commons is home to unique boutiques, antique stores, and an artisan market. Downtown Shipshewana is known for family-friendly shopping, seasonal markets, and craft fairs. Visit Olde World Christmas Market and Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show in December and enjoy shopping for gifts and holiday decorations in a festive atmosphere.
Explore Northern Indiana along the Heritage Trail. View the famous Quilt Gardens, where thousands of flowers create a vibrant tapestry, travel back in time in Amish Country, and sample unique beers at craft breweries. The Shipshewana Flea Market features 900 open-air booths on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May-September. Shop for antiques, home décor, clothing, and fun gifts. The trail begins in Elkhart and winds through Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa, and Shipshewana.