Are you and your friends tired of doing the same old thing every weekend? Do you want to add a little adventure to your summer? While this may sound like an “old school” infomercial, if you answered yes to either of these two questions then you are in need of a fun, weekend getaway to South Bend. The South Bend area offers so much to do during the summer that you and your friends could have a fun weekend filled with thrills, sports, good eats and cold drinks.
Start your weekend with a local brew at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern. You and your friends will be able to listen to some great live music while you debate over your favorite sports teams. Choose something from their large selection to wet your whistle, including 30 craft beers and over 120 whiskeys and scotches. You can watch the game on one of the many televisions or listen to the live band they have on tap. Hungry? No problem, LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern serves up great food too, from burgers and wings to tacos and stir fry.
Then catch a game at Four Winds Field in downtown South Bend. Home to the South Bend Cubs, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, Four Winds Field is “where everyone comes to play.” Four Winds Field was also recently voted the 2017 best Single-A ballpark in the country in the 2017 Ballpark Digest’s Best of the Ballparks competition. 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 South Bend Cubs Performance Center in right field.
Fans of thrills will love white water rafting down the East Race Waterway in downtown South Bend. On Saturdays and Sundays for only $5 per person, you and your friends will work together to battle the class 2 rapids and reach the end of the course. This is a great way to beat the heat and stay cool under the sun. After white water rafting, try your hand at the rock climbing wall on site.
Take a break from white water rafting and make your way over to the University of Notre Dame for a campus tour. Everywhere you turn, you will see gorgeous landscaping, breathtaking architecture and the Golden Dome that gleams in the summer sun.
After you take a campus tour, take a tour of Notre Dame Stadium where former Notre Dame greats, like Joe Montana and Tim Brown, carved their legacy and current Notre Dame standouts suit up every game day to bring a national championship back to South Bend. Learn about the history of Notre Dame Football, get your picture with the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign and even walk through the tunnel that some many college football greats have out onto the field.
If you are looking for something to do as the day comes to an end, check out the South Bend River Lights near the Century Center and Seitz Park in downtown South Bend. This interactive light display brings the St. Joseph River to life with color. Move your arms near the motion sensors on the three light structures to change the colors that “splash” onto the river and alter their patterns.
These ideas are only a handful of attractions and venues that the South Bend area has to offer. Start planning your trip today. To learn more about places to go for food and drinks, click here. And to discover more fun things to do in the South Bend area, click here.