Date: Jan 28, 2020

5 Do-Not-Miss Winter Activities in Shipshewana

By Lora Gates

Trying to get rid of the winter blues? During the cold-weather season, there's plenty of adventures to be had in Shipshewana. Not only does Indiana's Amish Country have outdoor parks for winter fun, but there are plenty of indoor activities as well! Check out five great ideas below.


1. Go Sledding at Bonneyville Mill

Smiling kids on sled in snow on hill in winter snow suits

Just a few miles west of Shipshewana a gorgeous park that is perfect for snow fun - Bonneyville Mill County Park.


Bonneyville Mill Park has two great sledding hills, a warming building, and miles of cross-country ski trails.


For more outdoor fun, visit one of the other seven LaGrange County parks. Walking trails are available and there are even some planned activities, so be sure to check out their calendar. You never know what surprising wildlife you might encounter on the great trails at some of these parks.


One of my favorites is Dallas Lake Park and there is a small per car admission fee for this park, but it is worth it with the wetland observation deck. 


2. Attend an Auction 


There are plenty of fun indoor auctions to attend all year-round in Shipshewana.
Our favorite is the Shipshewana Antique & Misc. Auction held inside the heated Shipshewana Auction Barn every Wednesday at 9 a.m. - even in the winter!
You may find a piece of furniture for your next up-cycling project. Or, you may find a quality antique ready for decorating your home without any work at all. Register for a buyer's number in the office, and you'll be set to bid on a variety of items as auctioneers sell simultaneously in six to ten different rings - all under the same roof!  


3. Visit Eby's Family Fun

Two kids playing arcade games at Eby's Family Fun

Need somewhere to take the kids that will keep them busy and active for hours? Visit Eby’s Family Fun, located in nearby Bristol, Indiana.


This indoor activity center is also a great place to visit when the weather is not cooperative during your Shipshewana travel or when you are looking for something to do in the evenings.


Eby's Family Fun has roller skating, laser tag, mini bowling, arcade games and a snack bar! Plus you can reserve in advance for special birthday party packages.


Shipshewana Hotel Farmstead Inn


4. Go on a Shopping Spree

Davis Mercantile Building in downtown Shipshewana

Lots of store owners in Shipshewana have shops that are open all winter! Favorites include the Davis Mercantile (many stores all under one roof, pictured above), Harrison Street and Morton Street shops, Yoder's Shopping Center, Red Barn Shoppes, and many more.


Plus, don't forget to stop for lunch or dinner at one of the delicious places to eat in town.


Winter hours for individual businesses may vary, so be sure to call ahead before making plans!



5. See a Show or ConcertSeeing a Show at the Blue Gate Theatre Downtown Shipshewana


Most people are surprised to learn that the quiet town of Shipshewana brings in world-class entertainers, musicians and shows all year long


Before planning your trip, be sure to check out the show schedules at the Michiana Event Center (MEC) and the Blue Gate Theatre for a list of big names and fun events!


Looking for more Shipshewana trip ideas? Check out our free e-book... the Ultimate Guide to Shipshewana!

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