South Bend / Elkhart North KOA Attractions

White Water Rafting!

Enjoy white water rafting in downtown South Bend on Niles Avenue. All equipment is provided. Rubber soled shoes with heel strap are required, no flip-flops and no sharp jewelry or objects may be worn. Prepare to get wet! Required height for rafting is 54”. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the raft. The Race is open Weekends ONLY. Call (574) 233-6121 for more information or log onto

Notre Dame University

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About Notre Dame
“This college will be one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.” Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University of Notre Dame du Lac

The gilded Golden Dome and statue of Mary atop the Main Building proclaim the Notre Dame campus as a place where faith is treasured and diverse traditions shared and respected. Our students represent all 50 states and over 100 countries. Rigorous academics, NCAA Division I athletics, and numerous events and activities create an environment in which our students are ignited with a passion to learn and to live to their fullest capacity.Notre Dame is one of the few universities to regularly rank in the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report survey of America's best colleges.Founded in 1842, Notre Dame stands on 1,250 acres considered by many to be among the most beautiful possessed by any university in the nation. From the collegiate Gothic architecture and park-like landscape to exquisite outdoor sculpture and breathtaking views, Notre Dame's campus is a visual splendor.

Fernwood Botanical Garden

Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events. This beautiful garden is about 30 minutes from our campground and makes it a perfect day trip.

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Shipshewana Flea Market/Midwest's largest!

Every Tuesday & Wednesday / 8am-5pm / May 1 - October 31!
Welcome to the home of the Midwest's Largest Flea Market! Held every Tuesday and Wednesday of each week from the first of May through the end of October, you can find hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh fruit to handcrafted furniture at the Shipshewana Flea Market.
The small community comes alive with travelers from all over to visit this “do not miss” Hoosier tradition. The atmosphere surrounding the Flea Market is one of a kind. It is not hard to find a friendly face on these streets, nor is it difficult to keep one busy with the numerous activities Shipshewana has to offer. Don't leave the area without experiencing home-style Amish cooking at the "Auction Restaurant" on the Flea Market grounds, or at other fine eateries in the area.
Visit the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market to treasure hunt in charming Northern Indiana Amish country on usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hundreds of antiques are auctioned each Wednesday. For more information please visit

Elkhart / RV Capital of the World

Elkhart is the RV Capital of the World, headquarters to international corporations, and the birthplace of Alka Seltzer and innovations in electronics and band instruments. Elkhart County boasts more patents than any other Hoosier county outside the state capitol.Yet life is not too fast-paced or unbearable. We are a friendly, home-town community in the heart of Amish Country.
We Build ThingsRecreational vehicles, boats, musical instruments, precise laser devices and everything in between are made in this community. A strong network of supply industries helps support these and other industries. The low business cost, access to skilled labor and an abundance of dreams encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive here.“Business climate/entrepreneurship” was the number one reason people liked living in the Elkhart community. We are very proud of our ability to get things done.

Recreation and ActivityElkhart is built around Island Park the island resembling an elk's heart; hence, the name Elkhart. This park is located near the confluence of the beautiful St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers. Many lakes are in or around the Elkhart community and Lake Michigan beaches are only an hour away. It is no wonder residents chose “access to water activities” as one of the best things about living in Elkhart.Beautiful golf courses, parks and hiking/biking trails add to area recreational offerings.

Michigan City Lighthouse Outlet Mall

Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets
601 Wabash Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-6506Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Columbia Sportswear, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Easy to reach via I-80/90 (Exit 39).

Amish Country

In every corner of Northern Indiana Amish Country , you'll find engaging cities, towns and villages that herald the simple pleasures of life. Community living is rich here, with concerts, parades, and festivals a constant source of celebration.

City of South Bend, IN

The greater South Bend area has been attracting travelers for hundreds of years. Many of them have contributed to our history. Our tradition. Our culture. Our heritage is proud and determined but more than that—it's spirited.History & HeritageAs the shortest portage point between the St. Joseph River and the Kankakee River, this area was well known among native Americans, fur traders and missionaries who traveled from eastern shores to the Mississippi River and beyond. Since then, notoriety has stayed with us.Officially established in 1830, St. Joseph County was home to the Studebaker family and their iconic Studebaker Automobile Company. It was here that James Oliver developed his Chilled Plow into the most popular plow in the world. And it was a South Bend resident, Frank Herring, who first requested that a special day be set aside to honor all mothers.Campus CultureWe are a regional center for higher education. In addition to the University of Notre Dame, the greater South Bend area welcomes students to Bethel College, Brown Mackie College-South Bend, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Saint Mary's College and Trine University South Bend/Mishawaka. Each campus brings a rich variety of visual and performing arts, sporting events and year-round cultural activities. Enjoy big city amenities coupled with small town charm. There are great places to eat, shop and explore. South Bend/Mishawaka, Notre Dame and a whole Lot More!

Blueberry picking

Visit the Blueberry Ranch for Blueberry Picking:

Organic Blueberries at a great price. Available from early July until mid-August. Great family fun with rural/farm feel! Also organized picking, U-pick, frozen or fresh blue berries.

10 minutes from South Bend/Elkhart KOA campground. Call 574-255-2773 or visit for more information.

Studebaker Museum

The Studebaker National Museum is a museum in South Bend, Indiana, USA that displays a variety of automobiles, wagons, carriages, and military vehicles related to the Studebaker Corporation and other aspects of American history. The museum highlights the vehicle's history and features current exhibits, an online tour, trivia, and membership information. It is located in South Bend, Indiana.

RV Hall of Fame / RV Museum

Stop and see the trailers, photos, and memorabilia from the 1920's to today. Located in Elkhart on the toll road 80/90, exit 96. For more information, visit online.

South Side Soda Shop, Goshen IN

The South Side Soda Shop features homemade sandwiches, salads, and desserts. With over fifty varieties of pie as well as old fashioned Green Rivers, malts, and shakes we are sure to have one of your past or present favorites.

On Friday nights the Soda Shop boasts fresh seafood specials.


Das Dutchman Essenhaus is an ideal place to experience the time-honored tradition of sharing a meal together. The owners and founders, Bob and Sue Miller, have worked diligently to create a pleasant surprise in Northern Indiana Amish Country. Family, neighbors and friends are welcome to pull up a chair and savor the authentic (generations-old) family recipes served since 1971. Browse through the distinctive gift shops and stores filled with unique treasures, select your favorite treats in the bountiful bakery, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or stroll down the paved walking paths before settling in for a peaceful night or two at the charming inn.
Our entire staff is dedicated to providing each guest a wholesome environment, warm hospitality, outstanding service and consistent quality. We welcome the opportunity to interact with our guests and help make the time they spend with us memorable, peaceful and pleasant.

Hostetler Hudson Car Museum

A Driving PassionGrowing up on a 280-acre Amish farm near Shipshewana, Indiana, young Eldon Hostetler was always fascinated by the automobiles that cruised up and down the country roads near his home. When Eldon's neighbor, Ervin Yoder, returned from a trip out west driving a two-tone brown, four-door 1936 Hudson Terraplane, Hostetler was instantly captivated by the sheer beauty of the automobile and was fascinated by the innovative “Electric Hand Shift” that sat just below the steering wheel.This fascination that would later become a driving passion in Hostetler's life led to the pursuit of “everything Hudson.”Explore the history of Hudson Cars and their influence on the style in our history at our Hudson museum. At one of the best Indiana museums, enjoy our exciting collection of over 50 classic Hudson cars, race cars, hot rods and early models displayed throughout 50,000 square feet of museum space. Buy an Hudson-related souvenir in our gift shop, enjoy an old fashioned soda or banana split at the Ice Creamery next door, or take a few pictures next to your favorite Hudson cars! Located in Shipshewana, Indiana, for more information please visit

Potawatomi Zoo

Located in South Bend, Indiana's oldest zoo is home to over 400 animals. Find visitor information, zoo history, classes, and special events.

Riegsecker Marketplace

The Marketplace is a group of retail stores, a restaurant, bakery, and furniture factory. The retail stores offer some of the highest quality home decor in the country, many items made locally. one of a kind shopping experience, this 7,000 square foot store is filled with an irresistible mix of trendy fashion accessories, gifts, collectibles, seasonal decor and a year-round Christmas Shop.Worth the trip all in itself, the beautiful displays and product mix will delight the eye and thrill the senses of all who enter.The Craft Barn Boutique
Located just within the Craft Barn, this area offers over 1,400 square feet of bling! The Craft Barn Boutique features loads of fashion jewelry, the latest trends in handbags and wallets, clothing, scarves, wraps and shoes, including Yellow Box Shoes, Switchflops, DiVinci Bead jewelry, Bauble Lulu bead and Lutini bead jewelry, Cinda B handbags and a huge selection of rings for all your fingers and toes. We even provide outdoor seating for your husband while you shop the Craft Barn Boutique!Gift and Collectibles Center
Located at the center of the building, this area features seasonal decor, music boxes and gifts, Lang products and collectibles including Jim Shore, Williraye, Painted Pony, Whimsiclay Cats, Willow Tree Angels, Home Grown, Charming Tales, Boyds bears, Forever in Blue Jeans, Foundation Angels and Precious Moments.The Craft Barn Christmas Shop
Finding all you need to "deck the halls" is easy when you find a great selection with creative displays to inspire you. Our talented staff will help you put together a designer look for your Christmas tree or mantle, or personalize your ornaments/gifts at no cost to you! Some featured lines in our Christmas shop include Byers Choice Carolers, Fontanini nativities and villages, Snowbabies and Possible Dreams Santas, as well as unusual specialty Christmas items and Christmas books.Lace and Linens
This popular area of the Craft Barn features a wide variety of colorful place mats, table runners, table toppers and Heritage Lace tabletop and curtains. Seasonal decor in linens and lace include spring, fall, Halloween, Christmas and winter looks.

Amish Acres

Escape to Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana and share the heritage of these intriguing people in quiet celebration of America's tolerance for diversity. Time stopped over a century ago and preserves, in the Amish, a way of life adhering to nearly forgotten patterns of living in today's fast paced world. The legacy of the three generations of the family who lived here is seen and felt through a nostalgic visit to the farm and homestead.Discover the tools and trappings of yesteryear and relax as you view the documentary films, walk the oaken floorboards of the 138 year old Amish homestead, and take a leisurely farm wagon ride around the 80 acre farm. You'll learn the whys and ways of the Amish as your guide winds you through the twelve room white frame house, the Grossdaadi Haus, the Schwietzer bank barn and inviting outbuildings. You'll experience the sights and sounds of a working farm, alive with barnyard hens, livestock, gardens and apple orchard.

South Bend Chocolate Factory

In 1991, Mark founded the SBCC and operated it as a second business. In August 1994, the SBCC incorporated with Mr. and Mrs. Tarner as majority shareholders. We now have 10 company-owned stores in northern Indiana and 10 franchised locations throughout Indiana and Michigan. The factory is located at 3300 W. Sample Street in South Bend and occupies 38,000 square feet.

The company got its start making chocolates under a license from the University of Notre Dame. Its first three products were the Domer, Rockne and Nuts for ND. SBCC now makes licensed chocolates for Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Michigan. They also wholesale their high-quality line of chocolates to confectionery stores, gift shops, gourmet food stores, coffee shops and gift basket companies throughout the country.

National New York Central Railroad Museum

At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ambassadors of goodwill across the country. The Museum was founded in 1987 and is an ever growing preserver of both local and national railroad heritage. Elkhart is a natural home for the museum; its railyard is among America's largest. Then, just as it is today, Elkhart was and is a vital link between East and West during our country's growth. Visitors enter the Museum through a 1915 passenger coach. This area introduces a timeline to the local railroad history beginning in 1833 with the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern RR, and tracing it through 1914, when the New York Central gained control of the LSMS. At the end of the coach, the path leads through the Central System Gift Shop and into the Museum's main gallery in an 100 year old freight house complex.
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Casinos in our area

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a U.S. National Lakeshore located in northwest Indiana and managed by the National Park Service. It was authorized by Congress in 1966. The national lakeshore runs for nearly 25 miles (40 km) along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, from Gary, Indiana, on the west to Michigan City, Indiana on the east. The park contains approximately 15,000 acres (6,100 ha). Their official website can be found at:

Vintage Soda Pop Gallery

We hear it quite often in our store, that a dad bursts out at his kids, "Man, they have Bubble Up!" and the kids don't know what dad is so excited about. Well, we are proud to carry an outstanding line of Vintage Soda Pops in our store.
Do you remember real glass bottles? Cheerwine? Bubble up? Dad's? Green River? MacFuddy? Jic Jac? Coca Cola, Pepsi and much more. And they are all sweetened with real cane sugar. Real natural!
Like a good Soda Pop suppose to taste. Check it out and see for yourself.

White Water Rafting!

Enjoy white water rafting in downtown South Bend on Niles Avenue. All equipment is provided. Rubber soled shoes with heel strap are required, no flip-flops and no sharp jewelry or objects may be worn. Prepare to get wet! Required height for rafting is 54”. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the raft. The Race is open Weekends ONLY. Call (574) 233-6121 for more information or log onto

Niles Haunted House

The very well-known Niles Haunted house is probably one on the best haunted houses in the Midwest. It is very close to our campground, less than 20 miles away. It is open usually on Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm -11pm in September and from 7pm - 11pm in October also on Sundays from 7pm-10pm in October only. For more information check out their webpage or call (269) 687 FEAR.