Earlier today I helped a nice lady who stopped into our Visitor’s Center. She wanted to know more about Shipshewana and asked me about the hours for Shipshewana businesses. That’s a commonly asked question. I always let visitors know that Shipshewana, with its strong Amish/Mennonite culture, keeps its businesses closed on Sunday.
Shipshewana, with interesting shops all over town, is a popular place for shoppers. Plus there’s the Shipshewana Flea Market. It’s the largest in the Midwest, with hundreds of vendors selling nearly every item imaginable. And then there are the weekly auctions-from antiques to horses. Actually, the auctions are how it all got started back in the 1920’s with livestock auctions. Those livestock auctions are still going strong today and popular with the local Amish community.
Of course, all that shopping makes you hungry. And Shipshewana’s restaurants offer all sorts of tasty food choices from traditional family-style meals with pie to sandwiches to hand-made soft pretzels. Shaved ice too. Check our website for details.
For visitors interested in learning about the Amish I always tell them about Menno-Hof – a heritage center that tells the Amish and Mennonite story. The experience covers five centuries of history from their origins in Switzerland to modern day and includes a 17th century sailing ship and even a tornado room.
For kids there’s Splash Universe Indoor Water Park and Amish Country Inn. The Inn is a full-service hotel offering all the amenities that Mom and Dad may need and the water park for the kids to burn off energy.
The next time I go to Shipshewana, I plan on seeing a few of the more out-of-the-way spots and can talk about those later.
Do you have a lesser known spot you like to visit in Shipshewana?