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There’s Always More To Explore During a Day Trip!

When you stay in Shipshewana, you’re staying in the ‘hub’ of Northern Indiana and you’re just minutes away from great day trip destinations! Whether you want to check out museums, shopping, sports, dining, or more Amish experiences, staying in Shipshewana puts you right in the middle of it all.

map of Michigan/Indiana Day Trips Around Shipshewana
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25 minutes from Shipshewana. Common points of pride include the variety of restaurants and bars, boutique art and gift shops, bars, lovingly restored historic architecture, excellent coffee options, bike paths, taquerias, First Fridays festivals, and handmade, world-famous Janus™ motorcycles.

Here are some highlights:

Ignition Music Garage – Record Store
Janus Motorcycles
Unique Restaurants & Bars

RV/MH Hall of Fame


30 minutes from Shipshewana. From classic small towns to energetic city centers, the handmade welcome mat is always out. Create your memories along the Heritage Trail by immersing yourself in the cultures and stories of the people that call Elkhart County home. Stop in to the Shipshewana Visitors Center for a FREE cd and map to explore the Heritage Trail on your way to Elkhart.

Here are some highlights:

Family Activities
Bike Trails
RV/MV Hall of Fame

Pokagon toboggan track


40 minutes from Shipshewana. With more than 101 natural lakes and Indiana’s most beautiful state park, Steuben County is a recreational wonderland. Pokagon State Park, on the banks of Lake James, has the state’s only refrigerated toboggan slide as well as hiking and biking trails, guided horseback rides, boat rentals and the historic Potawatomi Inn. Tour the 200-acre buffalo preserve, visit our wineries and discover unique restaurants on the Steuben County Foodie Trail. Find unique shopping opportunities in quaint downtown’s and at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont.

Here are some highlights:

Fremont Splash Pad
Pokagon Park & Toboggan Run 

More Attractions

Dutch lady antiques teapot


45 minutes from Shipshewana. Nappanee, Indiana is brimming with makers and merchants who are eager to share a good helping of Hoosier Hospitality with you, whether you’re visiting from near or far. Explore the eateries, shops, hotels, services and events that make this Small Town so special!

Here are some highlights:

The Barns at Nappanee
Coppes Commons
More Attractions

Notre Dame Indiana


50 minutes from Shipshewana. Indiana’s fourth largest city in a nutshell: A proud collegiate town with rich history, world-class arts and entertainment, a vibrant dining scene and more. Something exciting happens every day. Build your moment around celebrating joy in simple moments like the first bite of a well-executed recipe or bicycling on paths built just for that purpose.

Here are some highlights:

Notre Dame University
White Water Rafting
Family Activities
South Bend Cubs Baseball
Potato Creek State Park

Airplane museum


55 minutes from Shipshewana. You can explore outdoor adventures along trails and waterways. Sip exquisite coffee, handcrafted cocktails, locally brewed beer, and freshly made wine. Experience historic automobiles, revolutionary planes, and other past treasures. Taste decadent farm-to-table dishes. Be moved by eclectic music and stunning art for the mind and soul. Enjoy inspiring performances, on stage and off. Here, you’ll find homegrown makers and artisans at the heart of it all. There isn’t just one thing that makes Kalamazoo unique, and whether this is your first visit, or the place you call home, there’s always something exciting to discover.

Here are some highlights:

Kalamazoo AirZoo
Discover Kalamazoo

Seal at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo


60 minutes from Shipshewana. Families love Fort Wayne because they find so many amazing things to do – all throughout our city! Visit one of the nation’s top ten zoos! Test your imagination (and the rules of gravity!) at a hands-on science center. Wander through lush gardens, featuring a two-story waterfall. Enjoy dozens of hands-on opportunities for your family to reconnect, laugh and learn together when you take a day trip to Fort Wayne!

Here are some highlights:

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Science Central
Fort Wayne Tin Caps Baseball
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Indiana dunes


It’s not often that you discover a place that offers a completely different adventure every day. Michigan City boasts the glitz and glam of premium shopping outlets, stunning parks and a classy casino. A few miles down the road, LaPorte humbly greets you with historic neighborhoods, a Quaker barn and refreshing lakes. Every community in between has a little something special that makes it stand out from the rest. It may be difficult to decide where to visit first. It would almost be dizzying, if it weren’t for our steadying Midwestern spirit.

Here are some highlights:

Indiana Dunes
Blue Chip Casino
Family Activities

Book your stay and start exploring!

With all the great things to do in and around Shipshewana, as well as day trip adventures, you’ll want to make sure you stay a few days! We have accommodations ranging from quality hotels right in Shipshewana to lake houses and log cabins in the woods.

Planning a Trip?
Stop by the Visitor's Center for local tips, referrals, FREE coupon books and visitor's guides. We are located at 350 S Van Buren St.