The town of Elkhart lies in the northernmost part of Indiana, just a short drive from the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, and Goshen. Elkhart offers a wide variety of things to do, offering something for a broad range of interests. The area is home to one of the largest county fairs in the country, a nationally known Jazz Festival, and several other special events. Visitors will find a vibrant urban energy and a number of museums, as well as the Amish pace of life, with Elkhart being close to one of the largest Amish communities in the world. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.RV-MH Hall of Fame and Museum
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RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana is a 10,000 square-foot museum complex featuring an array of historic recreational vehicles from Winnebago, Airstream, and a number of other American makers of these popular vehicles. The unique museum shares the chronological history and technological advancements of the recreational vehicles and manufactured housing industry from before World War I up to present day. The RV Founders Hall is home to memorabilia, photos, and trailers dating back to the 1920’s and the 1930’s, while the Exhibitor Hall displays an illustration of products of the RV industry and their history.
21565 Executive Pkwy, Elkhart, IN 46514, Phone: 574-293-2344
2.Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart, IN
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The Wellfield Botanic Gardens encompass approximately thirty-six acres of land on and around the historic wellfield of Elkhart. Once powering the town’s nineteenth-century milles, Christian Creek now meanders through the gardens, inspiring the native habitat. The specialty gardens feature a pond surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna, pagodas, benches, and sculptures. Guests at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens can take a self-guided tour of the Island Garden, consisting of three different islands to explore, including the highest walkable point in the gardens on the Main Island. There is also a Children’s Garden with plenty for kids to discover.
1011 N Main St, Elkhart, IN 46514, Phone: 574-266-2006
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3.Ruthmere, Elkhart, Indiana
Built back in the year 1908 by Elizabeth and Albert Beardsley, Ruthmere was once considered to be the centerpiece of society in Elkhart, Indiana. It has since been carefully and lovingly restored to provide people with a look into the town’s “Gilded Age” past. Visitors can tour the lavishly appointed rooms with their historic furnishings and view world-class decorative and fine arts, such vintage autos, Rodin sculptures, and Tiffany lamps. Ruthmere is typically open to the public for exploring the grounds Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm and on Sundays from 1:00pm until 3:00pm.
302 E Beardsley Ave, Elkhart, IN 46514, Phone: 574-264-0330
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4.National New York Central Railroad Museum
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National New York Central Railroad Museum is designed to recapture “the glory days” of America’s railroads, the era during which they were goodwill ambassadors throughout the country and symbols of progress. Established in 1987, the museum is an ever-growing site of preservation for both national and local railroad heritage, particularly related to the New York Central System. When the railroad arrived in Elkhart, Indiana in 1851, the town served as a vital link connecting the Midwest and beyond to the Atlantic Seaboard. The Robert R. Young Yard of New York Central was the “second largest railroad freight classification yard” east of the Mississippi.
721 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516, Phone: 574-294-3001
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5.Southgate Crossing, Elkhart, Indiana
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Southgate Crossing in Elkhart, Indiana is one of the country’s largest Amish built peg-and-beam constructions. The mission of the retail center is to offer both the local community and visitors with a family-focused experience that supports local services and goods. Items available includes merchandise reflecting an Americana, do-it-yourself, homespun theme. The facility also offers sustainable agricultural development programs, daily food options, weekly entertainment, in-house catering, and a beautiful venue for special events.. Southgate Crossingis open Tuesday from 11:00am to 6:00pm, Wednesday through Friday from 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
27751 Co Rd 26, Elkhart, IN 46517, Phone: 574-294-2040
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6.Elkhart Environmental Center, Elkhart, Indiana
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Committed to providing a haven for wildlife, environmental professionals, and local residents, the Elkhart Environmental Center is a part of a larger 120-acre River Greenway system along the Elkhart River connecting to Studebaker Park. Founded in 1991 as an education facility, the environmental center consists of five wetlands that offer habitat for wildlife and help with reducing stormwater runoff. Additional habitat is provided with the prairie grass areas, native wildflower patches, and wooded buffers by the river. The Elkhart Environmental Center aims to blend natural and urban environments to demonstrate how the two can successfully co-exist.
1717 E Lusher Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516, Phone: 574-293-5070
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7.ETHOS Innovation Center, Elkhart, Indiana
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The ETHOS Innovation Center was established to help both adults and children alike engage with technology and science through a variety of hands-on and interactive events and programs. The center offers opportunities for connecting science with everyday life through critical thinking, discovery, and problem solving. The ETHOS Innovation Center also helps teachers and students not only meet, but also exceed benchmarks set by the national standardized tests. Programs offered by the center include science camps during spring break, summer, and fall break, the Science2Go Bus, a variety of community events, the ETHOS Academy, field trips, and after school programming.
1025 N Michigan St, Elkhart, IN 46514, Phone: 574-266-7149
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8.Iechyd Da Brewing Company, Elkhart, Indiana
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Iechyd Da Brewing Company is a brewpub in the northern Indiana town of Elkhart serving soda, handcrafted lagers, ales, soda, sandwiches, and pizza. All of the brews served are made by the brewery, as well as a good amount of the food, offering refreshing drinks and delicious food as local and fresh as it gets. The beer at Iechyd Da Brewing Company runs the gamut, ranging from hoppy American Pale Ale to English Session Beers. The brewery taproom is open Wednesday and Thursday 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday 11:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday noon to 9:00pm, and Sunday noon to 8:00pm.
317 N Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516, Phone: 574-293-0506
9.Antonio's, Elkhart, Indiana
Antonio’s strives to treat every guest “like family,” one big Italian family. Customers are treated to an authentic Southern Italian meal, made from scratch and to order, including the sauce. The bar offers a relaxing place to unwind with a good and there’s a banquet room as well for special events or private parties. Antonio’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant, run by the Cataldo family who came to America from Italy in 1966. The Italian eatery is open for dinner on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm.
1105 Goshen Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516, Phone: 574-295-8424
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9 Best Things to Do in Elkhart, Indiana
- RV-MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Photo: RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum
- Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart, IN, Photo: Wellfield Botanic Gardens
- Ruthmere, Elkhart, Indiana, Photo: Ruthmere
- National New York Central Railroad Museum, Photo: National New York Central Railroad Museum
- Southgate Crossing, Elkhart, Indiana, Photo: Southgate Crossing
- Elkhart Environmental Center, Elkhart, Indiana, Photo: Elkhart Environmental Center
- ETHOS Innovation Center, Elkhart, Indiana, Photo: ETHOS Innovation Center
- Iechyd Da Brewing Company, Elkhart, Indiana, Photo: Iechyd Da Brewing Company
- Antonio's, Elkhart, Indiana, Photo: Antonio's
- Cover Photo: City of Elkhart, Indiana - Municipal Government
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