Tourism Partners of Marshall County
Indiana's Cool North
Northern Indiana claims one of the nation’s most unique treasures — The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, forming a backdrop of sandy peaks and valleys along sunny Lake Michigan beaches. The lakeshore anchors the top of Porter County, also home to the vibrant communities of Chesterton and Valparaiso. You’ll find unique art shops and fine museums along the way, as well as restaurants and lodgings that boast a true Indiana flavor.
Lake Michigan and its sandy beaches claim the northwest corner of LaPorte County and provide sun-filled adventures for visitors. Michigan City hugs the lakeshore, attracting visitors to its public beaches, which include Washington Park with a lighthouse and an adjacent zoo, and dog-friendly Central Beach. This part of Indiana is a prime fruit-growing region and you’ll find plenty of produce as you head south toward LaPorte. You’ll also find traces of history throughout the county, including a steam train museum in LaPorte where you can ride the rails.
The legendary University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend is known for its amazing architecture as well as its beloved Fighting Irish. But St. Joseph County offers more than the university alone. State-of-the-art museum in South Bend reveal a vibrant history that includes carriages, cars and chocolates. The community of Mishawaka right next door is home to beautiful parks. Beyond the city, a whole different world awaits along pleasant roads that lead to friendly small communities.
There’s a welcoming small-town atmosphere in relaxing Marshall County, where shop and restaurant owners always seem to have time to talk with visitors. They’ll cheerfully direct you to a host of things to do when you visit! Travel a trail that leads to barns emblazoned with huge painted quilt patterns. Attend one of the largest festivals in the Midwest, dedicated to a Northern Indiana staple — blueberries. Unique lodgings, from full-service hotels to lakeside retreats, dot the county, where there’s plenty of outdoor activity, too.
Fertile green country fields dotted with proud Amish farmsteads usher visitors into Shipshewana, a mainstay of Amish culture tucked into LaGrange County. The town is filled with shops that lure you and restaurants where the tempting aromas of hearty Amish dishes and baked goods make your mouth water. Throughout the county you’ll find Cottage or “shingle shops,” where a sign or “shingle” in front of an Amish homestead tells you that the family sells hand-made creations such as furniture, quilts and pies. You’ll also see barns where huge replicas of quilt patterns are painted and mounted.
Visitors looking for finely crafted artworks, antiques, and water recreation find a dreamy haven in Kosciusko County. The lakeside communities of Winona Lake, Syracuse and North Webster, as well as the city of Warsaw with its many parks, brim with studios where you can chat with artists about their unique creations. You’ll find plenty of chances to get out on the water at several lakes, including Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake. The town of Pierceton maintains its reputation as an antique lover’s paradise.
A varied world of bustling communities and quiet Amish towns await visitors to Elkhart County, which values its rich heritage. In fact, the people who live here were so anxious to share their past that they developed a self-guided Heritage Trail tour. The Elkhart County CVB will provide you with a free audio CD that narrates the 90-mile route. As you travel the county, you’ll find gardens planted in huge quilt patterns, a city vibe in the community of Elkhart, great shopping in Goshen and a chance to experience all the Amish culture has to offer.
Tourism Partners of Marshall County