Entertainment and Culture

In addition to the cultural and recreational attractions you’ll find on campus, Notre Dame is surrounded by a region proud to display and celebrate its rich history and cultural diversity. It’s also within easy reach of Chicago’s attractions and Lake Michigan. Opportunities abound for enjoyable entertainment and cultural enrichment for adults, children and the whole family.


Broadway Theatre League
The Broadway Theatre League is dedicated to helping preserve South Bend’s cultural and historical heritage while providing future generations with first-rate entertainment. It presents the finest performing arts available to all segments of the community and provides educational opportunities within the disciplines of the performing arts.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is an inclusive, second-city destination for the region’s premier Visiting Artist Series—art with a point of view—informed by reflection on our Catholic character and inspired by the academy’s pursuit of knowledge.

Downtown South Bend
With 70 shops, 58 restaurants, 4 museums and more than 20 arts and entertainment venues, and an abundant number of outdoor parks and plazas, Downtown South Bend is the perfect destination for everything from sophisticated urban experiences to exciting outdoor excursions.

East Race River
Enjoy white water rafting or kayaking in downtown South Bend on Niles Avenue. They offer a whitewater course for beginners & the advanced. Approximately 240,000 people have enjoyed the East Race Waterway since opening in 1984. Will you be next?


Healthworks Kids’ Museum
HealthWorks! has been infectiously contaminating kids of all ages since our doors first opened in February 2000. Today, they are the educational arm of Memorial Children’s Hospital and over half a million people have experienced our irresistible health edutainment through field trips, community outreach programs, birthday parties, special events, and general admission visits.

Ignition Park
Ignition Park is one of the two locations in South Bend that make up Indiana’s first two-site State-
Certified Technology Park, under development in South Bend, Indiana, USA , on as much as 140 acres of land owned by the City of South Bend.

Kidsfirst Children’s Museum in the Center for History
Imagine growing up in a log cabin, attending a one-room schoolhouse, bargaining at a trading post and journeying through the wilderness in a Conestoga wagon. You can, when you visit Kidsfirst Children’s Museum. Kidsfirst engages children’s imaginations through hands-on environments and provides fun ways for young ones to discover history.

Midwest Museum of American Art
The Midwest Museum of American Art is located in the center of downtown Elkhart, Indiana in a beautifully renovated neo-classical style bank building. The Midwest Museum of American Art is a showcase of the 19th and 20th century American Art, with original paintings by Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell.

Morris Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of downtown South Bend, Indiana, the Morris Center has the “HOTTEST Tickets in Town” for pop, rock, country, and Christian concerts, as well as national touring Broadway shows and comedians.

Museums focused on northern Indiana history
The Center for History’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley region. First organized in 1867, the Center for History is the second oldest historical society in Indiana.

Museum of chocolate
Take a mouth-watering tour of the South Bend Chocolate Company, where you will see the way their delicious chocolate morsels are made; you will learn the history of the storied company and encounter some cool memorabilia along the way.

Museum of the Studebakers
The museum honors and perpetuates the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects to enrich present and future generations.

Potawatomi Zoo
Originally called the South Bend Zoo, it is the oldest zoo in Indiana. With exhibits such as the Australian Walk-a-bout and the Old World Monkey Exhibit, a visit to the Potawatomi Zoo is sure to be a fun time for all ages.

Rum Village Nature Center
Not far from the heart of South Bend, this surrounding park is a wildlife oasis offering hiking trails, biking trails, picnic areas, and a chance to escape to the quiet calm of one of the nicest woodlands in the area.

Shiojiri Niwa Gardens
A Japanese strolling garden that symbolizes the Sister-City relationship between Mishawaka, Indiana and Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It contains more than twenty different varieties of large plant material, over two hundred large boulders, donated statue and a teahouse pavilion.

Snite Museum
The Snite Museum of Art features collections that place it among the finest university art museums in the nation. It contains over 26,000 works representing many of the principal cultures and periods of world art history.

South Bend Symphony Orchestra
The South Bend Symphony is a professional orchestra featuring 15 concerts each year. The SBSO features world famous soloists as well as many members of the orchestra. You can regularly see them perform at the Morris Performing Arts Center, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Notre Dame.

Southold Dance Theater
Southold Dance Theater (SDT) is a not-for-profit performing arts organization based in the disciplines of modern dance and ballet. SDT provides quality training and performance opportunities which allow each of its dancers to develop technique and artistry in a nurturing, creative environment.

South Bend Civic Theatre
South Bend Civic Theatre is the oldest continuously-operating community theatre company in the South Bend/Mishawaka area. They perform at various venues such as Century Center’s Bendix Theatre, Morris Performing Arts Center, and at the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

South Bend Museum of Art
The SBMA’s exhibition program highlights current art activity taking place on a local, regional and national basis, features critical social and art historical themes, and provides opportunities to artists for in-depth solo exhibitions.

Washington Street walking tour
Beautiful West Washington Street is a National Register District that showcases an exemplary and eclectic blend of architectural styles and structures. Once home to influential citizens, titans of industry, civic leaders, and other prominent families, West Washington street is now replete with businesses and residents that value and preserve the fine architectural legacy left in their care by those that preceded them.

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Amish Country
Longing for a weekend getaway or an affordable Midwest vacation? In just a few hours you can be in this easy-to-reach northern Indiana destination located halfway between Chicago and Toledo.


Coach USA
Their scheduled motorcoach tours are a wonderful way to travel and learn about other cultures, foods, and ways of life, in addition to creating new friendships with fellow travelers.

Founded in 1914, Greyhound Lines, Inc. is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 2,300 destinations with 13,000 daily departures across North America.

Michigan Wine Country
The vineyards of Michigan are nestled in the most scenic areas of the state.
Plan a weekend or a day trip touring these lovely sites and discover the diversity of Michigan wines by visiting winery tasting rooms around the state.

New Buffalo, Mich.
New Buffalo is located at the mouth of the Galien River on Michigan’s west coast just north of the Indiana border. New Buffalo greets visitors with a large and modern refuge harbor, an around-the-clock public boat launch, and a full service transient dock facility, making it a great place to spend a holiday.

South Bend Regional Airport
This small regional airport located in St. Joseph county services flights to and from Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, and Atlanta among other cities.

South Shore train
The South Shore Line (reporting mark NICD) is an interurban commuter rail line that runs between Millennium Station in downtown Chicago and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana.

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve
A state-dedicated nature preserve home to several endangered plants and animals that offers a boardwalk takes visitors through a portion of the wetland.

Swiss Valley Ski Resort
Over the years Swiss Valley has been a gateway to the wonderful winter sport of skiing for thousands of people. Swiss Valley entices folks to come ski from all over southern Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, with 11 runs, a 225 vertical foot peak and seven lifts, including 2 quads and one triple.

Vickers Theatre
A turn of the century film house, lovingly and uniquely restored into an intimate art house.

Chicago-Lake Michigan

Chicago is a city of world-class status and unsurpassed beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago is home to world-championship sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, renowned architecture, award-winning theater, and much more. Only 90 miles West of South Bend.


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Experience waves crashing on sandy beaches, Karner Blue butterflies landing on wild lupines, peaceful silence lingering along winter trails and bank swallows flying from their nest inside the dunes, all at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Krasl Art Fair
The Krasl Art Center is a place where imagination & art fills your senses. We invite you to browse our wonderful sculpture collection & special exhibits, attend one of our special events like Art Fair on the Bluff or get creative in a fun art class.

Lake Michigan’s shoreline
Michigan’s Beachtowns encourage you to call in sick today and come experience the Lake Effect along our 200-mile stretch of Lake Michigan‘s sandy shoreline. Catch up on your stone skipping, build a sandcastle, tackle a dune, sail on a tall ship or charter a fishing expedition, then watch the most spectacular sunset from our sandy front porch.

Millennium Park
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

Navy Pier
Historic Navy Pier is Chicago’s lakefront playground. And it’s the Midwest’s #1 tourist and leisure destination, attracting more than 8 million visitors per year.

Saugatuck-Douglas, Mich.
Saugatuck and Douglas are harbor villages that celebrate diversity – small-town America at its best! Here visitors can turn back the pages of time to enjoy a simpler life where no one hurries and no one hurries you, a place where everyone is special and everyone is welcome.

St. Joseph, Mich.
St. Joseph is carefully nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed “The Riviera of the Midwest.” This deepwater port town is a growing resort community – part of a “small town” chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan.

St. Joseph’s Venetian Festival
The Venetian Festival is an annual event that takes place every July in downtown St. Joseph and Silver Beach on the coast of Lake Michigan. The festival includes food vendors from local restaurants and an array of music on two stages. A carnival and kids activities are also available.

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