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Northeast Indiana Tour

Discover a wide range of exciting and eclectic attractions as you drive through northeastern Indiana. Start off in Fort Wayne and make your way west into Mishawaka – along the way, stop off in cities like Kendallville, Elkhart, and Howe.

Fort Wayne

Pack up all of your road trip essentials and embark on this northeast Indiana tour – first stop: Fort Wayne. A pleasant and scenic city, Fort Wayne features an array of premier attractions. Enjoy your exploration of Fort Wayne before you hit the road to your next destination.

Must See
Especially ideal for families trekking through Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a great place to spend an afternoon. Opened in 1952, the Fort Wayne Children’s Museum can be found within Franke Park, and is home to nearly 1,500 animals. Let the kids explore Dr. Diversity’s Research Station, and don’t miss the Sea Lion Beach.

Local Guide
Enjoy a bit of local culture when you tour the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Since 1984, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has been enriching the lives of locals and visitors at its current location. You’ll find more than 1,400 pieces of art as you explore. Don’t miss the Print & Drawing Study Centre on your visit.

Outdoor
Plan your visit to Fort Wayne for late September and check out the Johnny Appleseed Festival. An annual event, the Johnny Appleseed Festival celebrates the life of Johnny Appleseed, also known as John Chapman – his given name. You’ll enjoy live entertainment, with lots of food vendors, a kids play area, and a wealth of apple-themed goodies.

Kendallville

Make your way into Kendallville, a short and scenic drive north from Fort Wayne, and the next stop on your northeast Indiana tour. Kendallville is a charming and eclectic city – you’ll find plenty to see and do when you visit. Whether you launch your boat onto Bixler Lake, or enjoy a historic tour of Tombstone Trail, make the most of your time in Kendallville.

Must See
When you visit Kendallville in spring or summer, be sure to spent a day at Bixler Lake Park. At 117 acres, Bixler Lake is the main attraction at Bixler Lake Park – combined, both measure in at 530 acres. There are six open-air pavilions at Bixler Lake Park, and for fun, be sure to fish from the shore, or launch your boat out onto the lake.

Local Guide
Enjoy a taste of small town America when you explore the Mid-America Windmill Museum, a premier attraction in Kendallville. Displaying, celebrating, and preserving windmills made by Kendallville’s own Flint and Walling Company, the Mid-America Windmill Museum is found just east of Bixler Lake on Allen Chapel Road.

Outdoor
The 89-acre Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex is an ideal destination for families visiting Kendallville. You’ll find three soccer fields, four baseball diamonds, a basketball court, and even shuffleboard courts – there’s a lot to do at the Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex. The Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex hosts the annual ASA Boys Slowpitch Softball National Championships.

Howe

Your next stop on this northeastern Indiana drive tour is Howe. A charming township, Howe is a short drive north from Kendallville, and home to both Greenfield Mills, and The Howe School – two of the top attractions in the area. Make your way into Howe during the spring or summer and check out nearby Cedar Lake, Twin Lake, or the Pine Knob Park.

Must See
Take a step back in history when you visit Greenfield Mills and see a sterling example of living history. Greenfield Mills is known for producing flour with equipment built in the 1870s. Embark on a guided tour of Greenfield Mills, where you’ll watch first-hand how they produce New Rinkel Flour with their “Sprout and Waldron roller mill,” and the “Dernard Leas roller mill.”

Local Guide
Enjoy a tour of the 100-acre campus at The Howe School – it’s one of only 28 remaining U.S. Military Schools. Also known as the Howe Military Academy, this premier attraction in Howe features excellent athletics programs – stop in and catch the Howe Cadet Wildcats in action.

Outdoor
Pine Knob Park features an abundance of open pastures, wooded areas for bird watching, and the popular Meteer Lake. Just east of downtown Howe, Pine Knob Park also has archery fields, lush foliage – from oak, to soft maple, and pines. There are gazebos and pavilions where you can host a picnic, and playground equipment for the kids.

Goshen

Continue your tour of northeastern Indiana and head west into Goshen. It's a charming Indiana city, and home to a collection of top attractions like the Robert L. Nelson Dog Park, and the Old Bag Factory, a premier shopping area in the area. You can explore Shanklin Park, or enjoy a tour of Goshen College, ideal for those traveling with high school seniors.

Must See
Originally built in 1896, the Old Bag Factory is an ideal destination when you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. Local vendors and artisans line the storefronts with their goods, offering everything from locally grown foods, to handmade crafts. Annual events at The Old Bag Factory include the Handmade Holiday Show, and the Bazaar at the Bag Factory.

Local Guide
As you explore Goshen, you’ll discover the Elkhart River, and how it plays a large role in every day life for locals and visitors. Elkhart River meanders through the city from south to north, passing by Millrace Park, and covering both the west short and east shore of Shanklin Park. It passes through Rogers Park on it’s way north to the city of Dunlap.

Outdoor
Be sure to travel with your clubs on this tour of northeastern Indiana – you’ll want to book a tee time at the Black Squirrel Golf Club. As one of the premier public courses in Goshen, the Black Squirrel Golf Club features 18 lush holes, playing to 6,483 yards, and a par of 72. Opened in 1972, the Black Squirrel Golf Club was designed by Tom Zimmerman, and has a slope rating of 115.

Elkhart

Your tour of northeastern Indiana is drawing to its conclusion – make your way into Elkhart and make the most of your time. The drive in from Goshen is short and scenic. Settle in and check out a wide range of exciting and unique sites. From the Ruthmere Mansion, to the Lerner Theatre, and the Wellfield Botanical Gardens – there’s no shortage of premier attractions in Elkhart.

Must See
Especially great for any spring or summer visit, the Wellfield Botanical Gardens will be the highlight of any trip to Elkhart. Featuring 24 separate gardens, the Wellfield Botanical Gardens are spread across 36 acres near downtown. Aside from winter months December, January, and February, you should have access to the Wellfield Botanical Gardens when you visit Elkhart.

Local Guide
As one of the most historic attractions in Elkhart, the Lerner Theatre proves to be a must-see. Opened 1924, the Lerner Theatre originally featured 2,000 seats. In 2011, the Lerner Theatre renovation was completed. You’ll find a number of different art pieces at the Lerner Theatre, and depending on when you visit, you’ll be able to catch a wide variety of live shows.

Outdoor
Plan your drive tour for the summer and head to Ideal Beach Water Park, one of the top destinations for a cool-down in Elkhart. Utilizing the waters of Heaton Lake, just east of downtown Elkhart, the Ideal Beach Water Park has an array of aquatic adventures for all members of the family. There’s a wading pool, two corkscrew water slides, and a playground for the kids.

Mishawaka

Conclude this northeastern Indiana drive tour with a stay in Mishawaka. Not far west of Elkhart along the Lincoln Expressway, Mishwaka is a pleasant city with much to see and do – it’s an ideal place to end your tour. Whether you explore the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum, the Studebaker National Museum, or the take in a performance at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, you’ll always have something to do and see.

Must See
While not exactly in downtown Mishawaka, the University of Notre Dame is a short drive away and well worth the visit. Established in 1842, the University of Notre Dame is well known for the Catholic affiliation, and their sports teams. If you’re around during the fall and into winter, be sure to catch the Norte Dame Fighting Irish play football at Notre Dame Stadium.

Local Guide
The Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum is an ideal way to spend an afternoon with the family. You’ll want to visit the Native American Wigwam exhibits, and if you visit during the holidays, be sure to see the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum’s Holiday Winter Wonderland.

Outdoor
Enjoy an afternoon of animal watching when you visit the Potawatomi Zoo, a short drive away from downtown Mishawaka in South Bend. Opened in 1902, the Potawatomi Zoo features an array of more than 400 animal species settled on 23 acres. The Potawatomi Zoo opens to the public in early April each year, and in mid-September, keep an eye out for Zoo Brew, one of the zoo’s most popular events; grab a pint of locally brewed beer and explore the zoo grounds.