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Shipshewana Indiana ‘s biggest attraction is its’ location in the heart of Northern Indiana’s Amish Country. This town is one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest and thrives all year long. Visitors enjoy the tranquil, simple lifestyle, combined with the great country-style restaurants, flea markets and antique stores, distinctive museums, wonderful, fun-filled festivals and outdoor recreation - including over a dozen fine golf courses. People like to spend their days here traveling the winding backroads and gently rolling hills, past picturesque Amish farmlands with their neat, white houses and carefully cultivated fields. You will find many quaint towns nestled along these roads, along with antique shops, general stores, candle makers, furniture crafters and carriage makers. Amish restaurants offer a special treat for the taste buds with their wonderful, homestyle recipes. For outdoor sports enthusiasts, there are many parks and recreational spots near Shipshewana that offer swimming, fishing, trails for hiking and biking, canoeing, camping and birdwatching.

One of the main attractions in town is the Shipshewana Flea Market. It’s the largest outdoor flea market in the Midwest, open Tuesday and Wednesday, May through October. With over a thousand vendors, you will find a great mix of traditional and Amish items, including primitives, refinished and untouched antique furniture, toys, pottery and glass, quilts and much more. You name it, and you will most likely find it here. It might take a little searching, but anyone who loves flea markets knows that is half the fun. The town of Shipshewana also has other antique shops that are open every day, year round. Visitors also delight in the quality custom-made furniture they find along Shipshewana’s backroads. Bedroom suites, dining room sets, curio cabinets and more made from high quality cherry, oak and walnut can be found here. Also recommended is a buggy ride through the backcountry. You can ride through history and see a part of the country that many people never witness. Visitors can take an Amish country tour, farm tour, buggy rides and even a buggy ride to a real Amish home for dinner. Other unique experiences to the area include taking part in spring’s maple sugar harvesting and visiting a restored log house village that hosts a living history of the mid 1800s.

Shipshewana is also home to the Menno-Hof Interpretive Center. The center’s motto is “Come listen to our story of the Mennonites and Amish.” It offers a non-commercial setting for visitors to learn accurate information about the life and faith of the Amish and Mennonites in North-Central Indiana, which has one of the world’s largest Anabaptist communities. The center is housed in a sprawling structure that is a white farmhouse on one end and a huge red barn on the other end, which was built by Amish and Mennonite craftsmen. It is part visitor’s center, museum and bookstore and has exhibits and more than twenty displays that tell the story of the Mennonites, Amish and related faiths.



 

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