5 Things You Must Do While Visiting South Bend Mishawaka

There are so many great sights and experiences in the South Bend Mishawaka for visitors to enjoy, but sometimes you just don’t have enough time to fit it all into your schedule. If you only have a short time in The Bend, but want to experience all that you can, we have you covered! Here you will find five things you must experience while in South Bend Mishawaka.

The University of Notre Dame Golden Dome
The University of Notre Dame Golden Dome

The University of Notre Dame

There is nothing as picturesque as the Notre Dame campus during any season of the year. A guided walking tour of the campus will take you to all the well-known landmarks, including the Main Building’s Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Joyce Center. Each guide has special anecdotes and details to share along the way, making each tour given one-of-a-kind.

Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens

There is no better place to witness beautiful blooms than Mishawaka’s Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens. The paths wind through meticulous landscaping and brightly colored plant life, making for a great place to relax. The gardens were designed by Shoji Kanaoka, the Japanese Landscape Architect at Disney World’s Epcot Center. They symbolize the sister-city relationship between Mishawaka and Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

The Museums at Washington + Chapin

The Oliver Mansion
The Oliver Mansion

You get three experiences in one when you visit this museum campus! Stroll through the vehicles on display at the Studebaker National Museum – including the largest Presidential Carriage collection – and then make your way to The History Museum to learn all about our region. Cap off the experience by taking the guided tour of the 38-room Oliver Mansion, still filled with all the family’s furnishings.

Dine at One of the South Bend Foodie Trail Establishments

The editors of Midwest Living magazine have chosen their ten favorite restaurants in our community, dubbed the South Bend Foodie Trail, and you can’t go wrong choosing any one  (or two) of the eateries to chow down while in town.

South Bend Chocolate

Tour the South Bend Chocolate Company Factory

Experience the magic behind the South Bend Chocolate Company. During the factory tour, get an inside look at how chocolate is made. Walk along the production line and see the hand-made touches on each morsel, and you will also have the opportunity to make you own chocolate-dipped spoon.

BONUS IDEA: Raft down the East Race Waterway

The East Race Waterway is the first man-made whitewater rafting course in North America, and flows right through the heart of downtown South Bend. The waterway is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons June through August.