by Laurie Sherck
Ready to say good-bye to grey skies and begin to celebrate Spring? I thought so! A road trip to Shipshewana just may be the ticket! Welcome and celebrate Spring with a few ideas of things to do from this Shipshewana Spring Bucket List.
- Pedal the Pumpkinvine Trail. The ride passes through small towns, past Amish country schools and meanders past scenic farms. Every third Saturday in June, around 1,000 people join in the annual Pumpkinvine Bike ride
Take a Horse and Buggy Ride
- Buggy drivers have the best stories. Rides and tours are available around Shipshewana and through the countryside. You can’t help but fall in love with the Amish country scenes. Even though I’m a local, it’s still one of my most favorite things to do. Check out all of the possibilities here.
Take in a Rodeo
- The PBR Bull Fest is taking place at The MEC on May 24th & 25th. Top bull riders from across the nation are coming to Shipshewana! If you can’t make it to Shipshewana those dates, there are some awesome equestrian events scheduled throughout the year. I’m super excited about the upcoming Shipshewana’s Majestic Frontier!
Visit A Flea Market
- Shipshewana is home to the Shipshewana Flea Market, the midwest’s largest flea market filled to the brim with aisles and aisles of everything you can imagine! The flea market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September and they will be open Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. This year they’ve added a couple of week-end markets as well (June 14th & 15th and Aug. 16th-17th). I plan weekly trips to the Flea Market just to visit the awesome produce aisle.
Watch a Musical
- Blue Gate Theatre has a brand new musical this year- A Simple Sanctuary. Part suspense, part romance, A Simple Sanctuary is a compelling story of love tested, the cost of freedom, and the solace found in true community. The musical is based on the best-selling books by Beverly Lewis. If you’ve never been to a musical at the Blue Gate Theatre, you’re in for a treat. The theatre is elegant and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Blue Gate Theatre also hosts a wide variety of shows throughout the year at the Shipshewana Event Center, soon to be the New Blue Gate Performing Arts Center.
Plant some flowers
- Follow the locals for your flower needs. Nature Lane Greenhouse and Lakeside Nursery are both a riot of color this time of year! Need seeds? Try Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware. The Shipshewana Flea market also has a long and expansive produce and plant aisle.
Visit a zoo
- Dutch Creek Animal Farm Park opened May 1st. Feed, touch and pet a wide variety of animals from farm animals to exotic while on a guided horse drawn safari style wagon ride. My grandkids look forward to this every year! They are open Mon-Saturday, and will be open Memorial Day. This farm is Amish owned and will be closed May 30th to observe Ascension Day.
Go on a Picnic.
- LaGrange County is home to some gorgeous lakes and beautiful town and county parks. A family favorite is to pack a picnic lunch, head to one of the area parks for a hike, and some good ole’ R & R.
Visit a museum
- Menno-Hof is the best place to start your pursuit of learning the ins and outs of Shipshewana. This interactive museum allows you to take a fascinating hands-on journey through the unique history of Amish and Mennonite Cultures. Here’s a little secret..my favorite part is the tornado room.
Take a canoe trip
- If you enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Fawn River with T & L Country Canoes. Breathe in the beauty of the serene scenes along the Fawn River.
Laurie Sherck, Director of Shipshewana Retail Merchants, is a wife of 43 years, mother of 4, grandmother of 12 and loves to tell people why Shipshewana is so special…. Just ask her!