Fall is a special time in South Bend Mishawaka. The crisp air, all-encompassing football culture and beautifully colorful leaves make for an experience that sticks with you. Here you will find some of the best fall activities found in South Bend Mishawaka.
1) South Bend Farmers Market
Fall isn’t also renowned as harvest time for nothing, and it can be seen along the aisles of the South Bend Farmers Market. Enjoy fresh apples and pumpkins, as well as handmade crafts and delicious sweet treats from local vendors.
2) Notre Dame Football
There is no other fall activity quite like attending a Notre Dame Football game! With wider seats, new luxury boxes, a stronger WiFi network, and a new video board, watching a game in Notre Dame Stadium just got a whole lot better. Before kickoff, experience the traditions and hidden gems that make a game weekend at Notre Dame so special. And don’t forget to take a tour of Notre Dame’s campus. The colorful trees paired with the Golden Dome make for a beautiful site.
3) Fun at the Zoo
Indiana’s first zoo is home to over 500 animals and it is right here in South Bend. The Potawatomi Zoo also knows how to have a wild, good time for visitors of all ages. On Saturday, September 16, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, guests 21 or older will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited (while supplies last) samples of their favorite craft beer as they make their way through the zoo for Zoo Brew. Then, kids will be able to go trick-or-treating through the zoo during Zoo Boo from October 20 – 22.
4) Thistleberry Farm
This is not your average pumpkin patch! Thistleberry Farms offers a wide variety of fall-themed activities including corn mazes, jumping pillow, petting farm, and more.
5) Lime Bike
Enjoy a bike ride on Notre Dame’s campus, along the river, and through downtown South Bend using the new bike sharing program in The Bend, Lime Bike. For only $1 every 30 minutes, you can discover the beauty of the area during the fall. All you have to do is download the Lime Bike app on your smart phone, scan the code on the back of the bike, and ride. Once finished, park the bike in any bike rack or along along sidewalk, push the back wheel lock down, and you are good to go.
6) Mystery at the Mansion
On October 20 and 27, explore the many rooms of the Oliver Mansion as costumed performers act out a murder mystery that you will need to solve. This popular mystery needs all your investigative skills to track down the true story.
7) Rum Village Aerial Adventure Park
This aerial park consists of five treetop trails that range from 16-70 feet in the air and includes over 60 different obstacles. Go zip lining through the trees and see the beauty of Rum Village Park. The five trails range in difficulty from an easy course to a course that is fit for a dare devil. For hours of operation, click here.
8) Scream Parks
What is Halloween without a good scare or two? Fear Itself at Legend Park in Mishawaka is one of the largest Scream Parks in the country. With five terrifying attractions, you will be jumping right out of your shoes. Make your way up to Niles, Michigan for the Niles Scream Park where there is no shortage of screams and frights.
9) Catch a Show at the Morris
The Morris Performing Arts Center is a perfect spot for a date night. In downtown South Bend, you will be able to see musicals, plays, comics, bands and singers take to the stage. This fall order your tickets to see Halestorm (October 3), Bret Michaels (October 18), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (November 5), and magician Michael Carbonaro (November 12) perform.
10) Canoeing, Hayrides, and More at the Parks
The St. Joseph County Parks offer plenty to do during the fall. You can take a ride in a canoe at St. Patrick’s County Park along the St. Joseph River and look out onto the colorful hues of fall. Enjoy a hayride with the family through Bendix Woods County Park. And you can even go for a hike along the several paved and unpaved trails as you journey through the several county parks and take in the peacefulness of nature.