Spring break doesn’t always mean you have to jump on a plane and travel to somewhere tropical. There’s plenty to do within driving distance around the Midwest, like a visit to Shipshewana. With activities both parents and kids can enjoy, these top “staycation” ideas are sure to make everyone happy.
What’s spring break without a little bit of swimming? Luckily the Blue Gate Garden Inn, Farmstead Inn, and Van Buren Hotel in Shipshewana all have great indoor pool areas. If you don’t mind staying outside of town, Howe has hotels like the Holiday Inn Express and Best Western Plus with awesome pools. Cap off each night with a soak in the hot tub while the kids play Marco Polo in the pool.
A break from school doesn’t mean the learning has to pause (but don’t tell your kids that). The Menno-Hof Museum is the perfect place to learn about the history and culture of the Amish community in an interactive setting. It’s a great place to make one of your first stops before immersing yourself in the country’s third largest Amish community.
Stutzman Dairy Farm
Visit the newest experience in Shipshewana, Stutzman Dairy Farm. Watch daily milkings, feed the animals, see the pig pen, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a calf birthing. Treat your kids to a real-life educational experience, they will walk away with a better understanding of where their dairy comes from.
Blue Gate Theatre
Starting March 28, the Blue Gate Theatre is presenting a brand new musical, A Simple Sanctuary. Be one of the first to experience this blend of humor, heart, and harmonies wrapped up in an entertaining evening at the theatre. To see a full schedule and to purchase tickets for the musical or one of their signature concerts, click here.
No matter where you go for spring break, you’ll need to eat some good food. This “staycation” has many choices that’ll please anyone’s appetite. JoJo’s Pretzels is a must stop whenever visiting Shipshewana. The fresh, warm, buttery pretzels are hand-rolled in front of you. Need a place to sit down for dinner? The Blue Gate Restaurant will give you a complete taste of Amish/Mennonite cooking at it’s best. I don’t know of anyone that’s left there hungry.
LaGrange County is home to many unique restaurants. For a full list of where to eat, click here.
Ride the Carousel
You’re never too old to ride a carousel. Make your way to the top floor of the Davis Mercantile to climb aboard the Shipshewana Carousel built in 1906. Each one of the animals represents one from our area, so decide which one you want to ride, or go for a couple of rounds and switch it up.
Food Making in Action
You saw the milking, now check out how it turns to delicious cheese. Visit Heritage Ridge Creamery before noon to watch the process through observation windows. While you’re there, why not try the free samples scattered throughout the store?
Drive a little farther down the road to Dutch Country Market to see Katie making her famous homemade Amish Noodles. The same situation, arrive before noon to watch, but their market is open all day to buy homemade jams, jellies, candies, peanut butter, and of course noodles.
Take a Buggy Ride
A trip to Amish Country isn’t complete without a buggy ride. Cruise around town or take a countryside tour. You can even take a ride to an Amish home for a home-cooked meal, talk about an experience! We have 3 buggy companies in town with plenty of tour options to choose from.
No matter what “staycation” activities you decide to do in Shipshewana, make the Visitors Center your first stop, we’d love to help guide you in the right direction.
350 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN or call 800.254.8090
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