Explore Elkhart County on the Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour


Driving Tour Visitor Center

Elkhart County from the safety and comfort of your car with the flexibility to stop and enjoy attractions, shops, restaurants and more at your leisure.

This scenic winding loop gives you turn by turn audio directions through the vibrant communities of ElkhartGoshenMiddleburyNappaneeBristolWakarusa, and Shipshewana. It’s easy to explore, easy on your budget and you’re sure to discover fun at every turn.

Discover stunning views, historical sites and Amish heritage along the scenic backroads. Explore country lanes dotted with inviting Amish-owned shops showcasing handcrafted and homemade. Shop small and get creative at boutique and artisan shops along charming downtown Main Streets. More information.


Explore the Parks



Spring is a wonderful time to visit our many parks. You’ll discover six outstanding county parks including Indiana’s oldest gristmill at Bonneyville Mill. Our two major rivers, the tranquil and wide St. Joseph and the narrow and swift-running Elkhart River, offer diverse landscapes and wildlife.

On the St. Joseph, anglers will find great fishing for walleye just below the dam east of Elkhart. And both rivers are excellent for bluegill, catfish, and small- and large-mouth bass. At the confluence of the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers a footbridge connects Island Park to the quiet terraces, picnic tables and benches of the RiverWalk - an outstanding example of urban waterfront landscape architecture.


Explore the Gardens


Quilt Gardens

Of course, we’re known far and wide for our incredible gardens. In the spring, everyone with a green thumb is busy nurturing new masterpieces and scenting the air with new blooms.

Memorial Day is the colorful grand opening of the Quilt Gardens with their 100,000 or more annuals. You can also enjoy spring’s budding plants and flowers in the Wellfield Botanic Gardens and the Calendar Garden, just to name a couple. And be sure to take a trip to the country to marvel at the beauty found along the curving paths of this relaxing setting. More area events


Spring Break with the Kids

Fill a day with family fun ranging from the superheroes and villains at the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum to the endless selection of candies, chocolates and sweet treats at the Wakarusa Dime Store. Check out our family fun options here.