The Best of South Bend Museums

The Best of South Bend Museums - The Studebaker National Museum

See classic cars and more at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend!

There’s nothing quite like a museum to inform, excite, and catch your interest. The number of unique and amazing South Bend museums could keep you busy for weeks!

We love a good museum and we’ll bet you do, too! Musuems needn’t be dusty, stodgy, boring places and the better ones aren’t. Many South Bend museums explore some unique and unusual subjects – or display some more common things in unique and unusual ways!

Here’s a list of some of the best that South Bend museums have to offer

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Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail 2015

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail 2015If you appreciate quilting, flowers, and gardening, then you’ll LOVE touring Indiana’s Amish Country Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail – open May 30th through October 1st, 2015.

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail is more than a million vibrant blooms in 19 patchwork quilt inspired gardens, along with 21, giant, hand-painted, quilt-themed murals are spread across 7 Northern Indiana Amish Country communities along Indiana’s acclaimed self-guided Heritage Trail driving tour.

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Visit Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

When you need to getaway, sometimes it’s nice to know that you can have fun when you get there. A change of scenery, perhaps a lively, entertaining jaunt is just what the doctor ordered to recharge your batteries and set the world right again. Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana is the place to do that.

About Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens isn’t that far up the road from Bremen, Indiana, where we’re located.

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Cooking Class with Chef Brad Hindsley

A chef demonstrates mastery of the art of the flambe.

Cooking Up Some Learning

If you like to cook or love to cook, you’re going to want to join us Thursday, May 21st at 6 pm at the Shiloh Woods in Plymouth, Indiana for a Cooking Class with Chef Brad Hindsley of the Spire Restaurant in LaPorte, Indiana. Either alone or with a partner, you will craft an entree under Chef Brad’s apt tutelage. Once complete, everyone will

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Celebrate South Bend’s 150th Birthday!

Countdown to a Celebration

Courthouse fronting a street in South Bend, Indiana

3rd St. Joseph County Courthouse in South Bend

As I begin writing this, there is a timer on SB150‘s website that reads 35 days | 9 hours | 45 minutes | 33 seconds. What is it counting down to? A momentous event in the history of South Bend, Indiana: its sesquicentennial (150th) birthday. Indeed, 150 years ago on May 22nd, the city of South Bend was incorporated. Now they’d like to celebrate that with an enormous birthday party.

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Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival End of April

Lots of visitors and booths fill the street at Wakarusa Maple Syrup FestivalBeginning Friday, April 24, and lasting through Sunday, April 26th, 2015, the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival will be celebrating 46 years of family fun and entertainment. It’s a time when folks can get together, be entertained and learn about a historic nook of the country. This year’s festival looks to be one of the best and with such a great turnout already expected, the festival has already reached its maximum capacity for food vendors, and the event is still several weeks away.

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Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre 2015 Season

The Round Barn Theatre at Amish AcresAmish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre has released the schedule of its upcoming, fun-filled 2015 season: The Circle of Life Season: Round and Round We Go!

Northern Indiana’s only professional repertory theatre company, the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres has produced well over 100 musicals since 1998 and has garnered rave reviews and a sterling reputation in the process.

2015’s schedule makes it clear they intend to continue the tradition!

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In Honor of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

Library Named in 1987 after Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

Photo by Mendaliv under the following license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

After 97 years of life, Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, died on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross House, adjacent to the University of Notre Dame where he served as president from 1952 to 1987.

During that time, he became highly influential in the world of higher education. Even after his service as President of the University concluded, he maintained a daily presence on campus, bolstering the proof of his passion for higher education.

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Visit the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery

Food and Fun in the Heart of Northern Indiana Amish Country

The Blue Gate Restaurant & BakeryAmish Skillet Mealis part of the Riegsecker Marketplace of Shipsewana, less than an hour’s drive from Bremen, Indiana. Infused with Amish culture and atmosphere, the Restaurant is a popular attraction for anyone seeking a traditional, made-from-scratch meal.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast: Your Culver Academies Lodging

Scottish B&B for Culver Academies LodgingThe Culver Academies campus, less than 30 minutes away from us in Culver, IN, contains a popular set of college preparatory schools and leadership camps serving students in grades 9 through 12. Scottish Bed & Breakfast is proud to offer Culver Academies lodging to the families of these fine students.

Culver Academies – including Culver Military Academy, Culver Girls Academy, and Culver Summer Schools and Camps – offer not just top academics and competitive athletics to serious minded students but also a sense of leadership and responsibility as a global citizen that will last well beyond a student’s school days.

Founded in 1894, Culver Military Academy has since expanded to encompass all potential students, grades 9 through 12, who are looking for a challenging environment to better develop their mind, spirit, and body.

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Elkhart’s Historic Lerner Theatre

Elkhart's historic Lerner TheatreCatching some good entertainment is a great way to pass the time as we wait for warmer weather. Elkhart’s historic Lerner Theatre has plenty of that on tap throughout 2015 and beyond!

The Lerner Theatre has been on the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in downtown Elkhart, Indiana since November 24, 1924. Of course, it has seen lots of ups and downs since the grand opening – vaudeville, big band, the innovation of movies.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast’s Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine's Day SpecialFebruary is for Lovers and Scottish Bed & Breakfast, in Bremen, Indiana, is helping to make that true for you and that special someone in your life by extending our Valentine’s Day Special to every weekend in the month!

Yes, you read that right: book your Valentine’s Day stay at our Northern Indiana Amish Country inn for any weekend in the month of February, 2015

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Enjoy a Northern Indiana Sleigh Ride!

Northern Indiana Sleigh RidesThe lyrics to “Jingle Bells” are all about it but – have you ever ridden in a one horse open sleigh? Now you can with a Northern Indiana Sleigh Ride!

It sounds almost like something out of a fantasy or from a time now long since passed – bundled up, perhaps under a thick blanket, the cool, fresh winter air in your lungs and on your face, the jingle-jangle of the tack and the hiss of the sleigh runners as they cut through the snow on the forest path – I can see it in my mind’s eye and now I’m all ready for that return-home hot cup of cocoa by a warm fire – and so can you be, too!

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The Scottish Bed & Breakfast New Year’s Eve Special

New Year's Eve SpecialIt’s hard to believe but 2014 is almost history. Start 2015 right by treating yourself to the Scottish Bed & Breakfast New Year’s Eve Special!

Taking a Northern Indiana holiday vacation is a great way to celebrate the end of this year and the coming of the new. An Amish country getaway is always rewarding but, around the holidays, things really light up with beautiful decorations and entertaining celebrations wherever you look.

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Travel Back In Time at the Bremen Holy Walk 2014

Bremen Holy Walk 2014How would you like to visit the world of the Nativity? To not just view statues of it from the sidelines but actually enter into that very first Christmas in Bethlehem? You can at the Bremen Holy Walk!

We all know the Nativity – it’s everywhere this time of year from big displays in people’s yards, to tiny ones on their mantle, to re-enacted versions on television specials – but to be able to actually travel back in time to witness the Nativity … now that would be something.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary Special!

The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary SpecialScottish Bed & Breakfast in Bremen Indiana just passed a very special milestone – our tenth year in business! Help us celebrate by taking advantage of our Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary Special!

It’s hard for us to believe that ten full years have passed but I guess what they say is true: time flies when you’re having fun – and have we had a lot of fun! We’ve absolutely loved hosting all the great folks who have stayed with us, here at Scottish Bed & Breakfast during their northern Indiana Amish Country getaways – and we look forward to many more years of the same!

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Tour the South Bend Chocolate Company

The South Bend Chocolate CompanyChocolate is a wonderful holiday treat that makes a great gift, and The South Bend Chocolate Company not only makes wonderful chocolates but also a day’s outing with tours of their chocolate factory and chocolate museum!

A lot of people immediately picture Willy Wonka’s when they hear “chocolate factory tour” but, while the South Bend Chocolate Company doesn’t employ Oompa Loompas, have a river of chocolate, or use a great, glass elevator to get around their building, it’s still a fun and fascinating place to tour!

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Visit Bonneyville Mill

Bonneyville Mill County ParkVacation time is often described as an attempt to break out of the daily grind – well, what if I told you that you could accomplish that very thing by visiting a daily grind? Bonneyville Mill, a historic grist mill in Bristol, IN that still grinds corn, wheat, rye and buckwheat the old-fashioned way: slowly and methodically with massive grist stones.

Bonneyville Mill, in the center of beautiful, Bonneyville Mill County Park, is a functioning grist mill and fascinating window to the past that you can visit and tour. It’s historic facilities are open to visitors May through October, while the expansive park it is in is open year-round!

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Reserve Your Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway Now!

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday GetawayThe holidays are coming up and you wont want to miss out on the perfect way to spend them with your family – the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway!

We’re taking reservations now and they’re going to go fast – the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway is a very popular option as a special gathering place for your family’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

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Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

Summer is busy changing into fall and, in northern Indiana, that means it’s time once again for the colorful Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail!

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Have An Indiana Horseback Riding Adventure

Northern Indiana Horseback Riding AdventureWhat better way to get out into the great outdoors and forget your cares than an Indiana horseback riding adventure!

Nothing is as fun and relaxing as getting up in the saddle of a friendly, well-cared for horse and going for a trail ride. Something about the feel of that big, beautiful animal moving beneath you as you both work together, taking in all that fresh air – a wonderful sport!

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Get a Taste of the Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2014 Autumn is sneaking up on us and that means just one thing: it’s time once again for the excitement and fun that is the Marshall County Blueberry Festival!

The 2014 Marshall County Blueberry Festival, held in Plymouth, IN, is Indiana’s largest, four-day festival – and all for this humble yet delicious and healthy, little blue fruit!

In its 48th year, Marshall County Blueberry Festival is a free event with the 3 stages of live entertainment, a parade, hot air balloons, horse pulls, tractor pulls, food and craft booths, fireworks, carnival rides, a spectacular car show, blueberry-pie eating contests (of course!), and tons more.

Montgomery Gentry at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2014This year’s headlining entertainers for the Marshall County Blueberry Festival are country music super duo, Montgomery Gentry! Known for their blue-collar anthems and “heavy Southern rock” sound, Montgomery Gentry has had fourteen Top 10 singles, including five number 1’s: “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” and “Roll With Me.”

Montgomery Gentry will be supported by guest Frankie Ballard and will be on the Centennial Park stage in Plymouth at 8pm. Tickets for the show can be purchased online.

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Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, Indiana

Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, IndianaYes, you read that right – you can go Whitewater Rafting in South Bend, Indiana – downtown South Bend! – thanks to the East Race Waterway.

East Race Waterway, on Niles Avenue, allows you to go whitewater rafting in South Bend in a kayak or raft, solo or in a group, beginner or advanced. South Bend Parks & Recreation supplies all the equipment for a modest fee.

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Crowing About Art at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

2014 Amish Acres Arts & Crafts FestivalThe end of July and beginning of August is booming here in Indiana Amish Country with the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival taking place July 31st through August 3rd, 2014.

The 52nd annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival is a huge draw to the Nappanee area with over 300 booth spaces representing nearly 250 cities in over 30 states with arts, crafts, and goods to charm your eye and tempt your pocket book.

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Shop ‘Til You Drop at Shipshewana Flea Market

Shipshewana Flea MarketEvery year, from May to October, the Midwest’s largest flea market opens its doors – The Shipshewana Flea Market in Shipshewana, Indiana!

Shipshewana Flea Market is over 100 acres of goods presented by over 900 vendors, plus a restaurant, auctions, a farmer’s market, antique stores, and more! If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist and even if you’re not in the market for anything to buy? Shipshewana Flea Market offers hours of enjoyable distraction for the whole family.

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