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"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Featuring six animated displays depicting scenes from "A Christmas Story" ...more

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$5 Chicken Wraps at St. John Malt Brothers

Take advantage of $5 chicken wraps every Wednesday at St. John Malt Brothers Craft Brewers.more

Farm to Fork Things to Do

 The South Shore is full of opportunities to experience farms featuring animals, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as numerous activities!

Stop by one of our local u-pick orchards or farms and enjoy delicious apples and other seasonal fruits and vegetables or choose the perfect pumpkin to carve. Learn about bison, America's largest native land mammal, at Broken Wagon Bison, where you can purchase bison meat, bison hand-crafted products and tour the bison farm June through September. Delight in County Line Orchard's famous donuts while you tackle the themed corn maze during a day at the orchard. Spend some time learning where our food comes from, as well as enjoy genuine fresh-from-the-farm taste, along the South Shore!


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Broken Wagon Bison

  • 563 West 450 North
  • Hobart, IN 46342

Come see an American icon. For 14 years Broken Wagon has raised this magnificent animal. Summer tours give you the opportunity to be "surrounded" by bison (in the safety of our tour wagon) and watch … More

JT Shrimp LLC

  • 4836 W. 1450 N.
  • Wheatfield, IN 46392

JT Shrimp has the freshest locally grown saltwater shrimp in the region. Harvested live for absolute freshness, these succulent sweet shrimp are sure to be the hit of the party and make your holiday … More

Fritts Berry Farm

  • 10301 Indiana 10
  • Demotte, IN 46310
  • Phone: (219) 987-2228

Kregel's Pumpkin Patch

  • 7705 W 159th Ave
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Phone: (219) 690-1503

LaPorte Farmers' Market

  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Phone: (219) 448-1674

VanKley's Blueberries

  • 2666 W State Road 10
  • Wheatfield, IN 46392
  • Phone: (219) 956-3687

Zylstra's Blueberries

  • 11881 W 1200 North
  • Demotte, IN 46310
  • Phone: (219) 987-2061
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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
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A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
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