Discover the Amish culture and hidden treasures of Shipshewana/LaGrange County. Learn from the past by visiting our museums. Gain first hand experience and learning about another way of life on a working Amish farm. Forget about to-do lists and reconnect with those that matter over homemade meals or live theatre productions. Sit back and relax while listening to music and enjoying homegrown food. Take a walk on the adventurous side and kayak down one of our many rivers or view the countryside while biking or hiking through miles of trails. Shop for that something special or take home a quality piece of Amish-made furniture or handcrafted items. Make the choice to slow life down for a little while and live in the moment. Visit Shipshewana/LaGrange County and the only thing on your to-do list will be to enjoy yourself and those around you.
The town of Shipshewana welcomes one and a half million visitors a year to our historic small-town streets. It’s no wonder why – we’re home to one of the Midwest’s largest flea markets, exciting auctions and over a hundred unique shops. From homemade goods to quality woodworking, you can take home a sample of Amish craftsmanship. Our boutique shops offer an eclectic variety of jewelry, home goods, garden accessories and décor. Or, travel back in time and discover a treasure you’ll love from one of our many antique shops. Our farmers’ markets offer more homegrown goodies, baked goods and cheeses. From locally-made to popular everyday products, you can be sure to find just what you’re looking for. And, with homemade meals and comfortable surroundings, you’ll cherish our simpler way of life as the perfect escape from your busy schedule. Try our interactive map to discover attractions, accommodations, and dining experiences in downtown Shipshewana, Indiana and nearby areas.
Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail
Voted USA Today’s Readers Choice and named one of the nation’s “Most Scenic Drives” by the editors of LIFE. Driving Amish Country’s 90-mile Heritage Trail takes you on a winding loop along rural highways, down quiet country lanes, through friendly cities and small-town Main Streets. Along the way, enjoy a colorful and creative patchwork of 19 super sized gardens and 21 hand painted murals – each in a distinctive quilt pattern. 40 juried designs include classic and contemporary quilt patterns, many inspired by a person or place unique to the community that hosts them. The Quilts along Heritage Trail are unique to LaGrange County and will be sure to inspire creativity within. Event Information: Quilt Gardens Tour Heritage Trail Information: AmishCountry.org
Known for our generous hospitality, our Amish countryside combines rural charm with progressive enterprise. Handcrafted wooden furniture and toys. Delicious home-cooked meals, and even a wildlife farm featuring domestic and exotic animals. Combine that with the rich culture and history of the Amish, the experience is truly unique. Enjoy several exhibits and displays chronicling the stories of our past and our journey as a county. Visit working Amish farms and experience the joys of the simple life. As our lives become increasingly busy, their simplicity can be soothing and rejuvenating. Read blogs about the Amish Culture & Community Learn more about the LaGrange County Heritage & Culture
Lakes & Nature Preserves
No matter where you go or what you want to do in LaGrange county, scenic beauty, rejuvenation and recreation are around every corner if you’re ready to explore. LaGrange County is home to several county parks and over 70 lakes along with a myriad of outdoor activities such as the Pumpkinvine Trail – over 17 miles of maintained trails. With the Amish countryside as your backdrop, enjoy miles of biking and hiking trails. Kayak and canoe down one of our many rivers and waterways, or tee off at one of several area golf courses. In colder weather, try your legs out with snowshoeing, cross country skiing or sledding. So, whether it’s bicycling, geocaching, ice skating or simply relaxing under a tree in one of the beautiful parks; getting lost for a day – or two – has never been easier or more rewarding than in Shipshewana/LaGrange County. Learn More at: LaGrangeCountyParks.org
South Bend & Notre Dame
Located in the heart of Michiana, South Bend/Notre Dame offers a thriving, culturally diverse region straddling the border of Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. The Michiana area offers a captivating blend of urban and rural settings; large companies and small businesses; and affordable living in quaint, historic neighborhoods and brand-new suburban developments. Year-round cultural attractions add zest to all four seasons — like Notre Dame football weekends, holiday parades, art and music festivals, wine tastings, and one of the country’s largest county fairs. Learn More at VisitSouthBend.com
Those who love the outdoors have much to appreciate here, no matter the season. The wonders of Lake Michigan are close by with miles of relaxing beaches and scenic shoreline to explore, along with big-water boating and fishing. Numerous inland lakes provide endless recreational delights like fishing, swimming, skiing, and tubing. Discover the assortment of city, county, and state parks. You can hike, camp, and see deer and other creatures up close; enjoy a family picnic; go inner tubing in the winter or kayaking in the summer. Learn More at: IndianaDunes.com
Peaceful rivers and streams bring joy to canoeists and kayakers. Lakes offer fishing and water sports. Picturesque hiking and biking trails wind through apple orchards, vineyards, lush farmland, and soothing woodlands. Northern Indiana offers something for everyone. From city life to country quiet, you can choose your adventure. Pick your own fruit in the summer and your own apples and pumpkins in the fall. Visit historic downtown squares, shop locally-owned boutiques or experience true Midwest flea markets. Whatever you choose, Northern Indiana offers the ingredients for simple, quiet pleasures worth savoring and waiting to be discovered. Learn More at: NorthernIndianaGetaways.com