A mega-flea market, an Amish enclave, Grammy-winning artists, a working bison ranch—Shipshewana has a little bit of everything that makes northern Indiana such a great place. On a visit here, the opportunities are as wide as your imagination.
Experience the Culture
We love festivals no matter what time of the year. We celebrate Spring with a parade and music during Mayfest. Later in Summer, we revel in authentic craftsmanship at the Quilt Festival and the Antique Festival. And a little cold doesn’t stop the fun. Grab a coat and check out The Lighting of Shipshewana Light Parade. Come to the Ice Festival and see master carvers make amazing pieces of art that can only be created below 32F.
Take Home A Piece of Shipshewana
When it comes to shopping, your experience starts and ends with the legendary Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market. Nestled in the heart of Amish Country, the flea market opened in 1922 and these days hosts 700 vendors. Here you will find well-crafted goods made with pride by local citizens. Meet the makers and find just the right thing to take home for yourself or give as a gift. The fun is in the search. You can stay here, too. The Farmstead Inn has plenty of rooms and the restaurants are top-notch. If you roll into town in your RV, there’s plenty of space available at the RV Park.
You’ll find even more to explore and shopping galore at Yoder’s Red Barn Shoppes and Yoder’s Shopping Center. Here you find everything from Amish furniture to sweet treats to fabric and custom scented body products and more.
The Blue Gate Inn is an iconic community establishment. Featuring Amish craftsmanship and modern amenities, this is a great place to see how cultures connect. Their shops include everything from laser engraving to handmade Amish furniture. They have a theater on-site, that showcases local talent to big names including Michael Bolton and Jeff Foxworthy. Their restaurant can host intimate gatherings or large groups, and if you’re not hungry for a full meal, pop into their bakery and grab some fresh out of the oven goods. And make sure you get the scenic view of Shipshewana by booking a buggy ride.
A trip to Davis Mercantile is more than a shopping experience, it’s a ride back in time. A variety of stores sell their well-crafted goods alongside food items like the famous JoJo’s Pretzels. The main memory maker is the 1906 Dentzel Carousel. The animals are inspired by the area’s rural history and will leave your head spinning with excitement.
Savor the Experience
Get up close and personal with nature at Cook’s Bison Ranch. This family-owned farm goes back to the 1930s. Here your tour includes a ride to the middle of the pasture where visitors can grab a selfie with bison. Stay for lunch and let your tastebuds tell you why they call bison the meat of the future.
B Honey is a hive of sweetness. With many products made on-site, they have authentic honey, beeswax, candles, and much more.