Looking for a weekend getaway that combines adrenaline-pumping thrills and a relaxed vibe?
Here’s a step-by-step guide to experiencing that right here in The Bend, from cold drinks to splashing down a whitewater rapids course. Let’s get going.
Start with a local brew at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern. You can choose between dozens of craft beers, many brewed locally, and a menu that includes burgers and tacos. You’re likely to find live music on the weekend.
Make sure to plan your trip around home game for the South Bend Cubs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They play at Four Winds Field, voted in 2017 by Ballpark Digest as one of the best ballparks in minor league baseball. Buy some Cubs gear in the team store just beyond the left field wall, grab a drink at the Tiki Hut and practice your home run swing in the 1st Source Bank Performance Center in right field.
Saturdays during summer are for the East Race Waterway, which churns out Class 2 rapids. Hop in a raft with your group or dare to go solo. Not a fan of the water? Visit the Rum Village Aerial Adventure Park for 70 different obstacles and zip lines across three different courses. This aerial ropes course will have your adrenaline pumping as you navigate through the trees.
Take a break from the action by touring the University of Notre Dame. Walk through campus then take a guided tour of Notre Dame Stadium, where you can get a view from field level or have your photo taken in front of the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign.
Cap your trip by taking in the South Bend River Lights after sundown near Century Center and Seitz Park in downtown South Bend. This interactive light display brings the St. Joseph River to life with color. It’s a perfect end to an excellent visit to The Bend.