COOL FACTS ABOUT LAPORTE COUNTY

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This marks the beginning of ­my weekly blog post highlighting the best of Northwest Indiana.­ Today I will start with LaPorte County.­ While I was raised in Valpo, I was born in LaPorte and my parents met in Michigan City.­ We spent a lot of time there growing up and I still have family there.­ I love Valpo, but LaPorte County has a special place in my heart too.­­

Here are some things about­LaPorte County­you may or may not know, but should definitely keep in mind this summer and year round:

  • LaPorte County has over 30 lakes!­ For a full listing, click here.­ If you love lake fun, you MUST spend some time in LaPorte Co this summer.­ Here is a list of the upcoming festivities to enjoy there.
  • Michigan City has become very well known for the ARTS!­ The Uptown Arts District is in downtown Michigan City consisting of Franklin Street and 11th St all the way to Lake Michigan, and Spring to Wabash Streets.­ The Mainstreet Association services this district, which consists of over 150 businesses specializing in services, dining, art, retail, entertainment and more.­ If you've never been to their First Friday Art Walk, you are missing out!­ Download the Art Walk Guide here.
  • There's more to do in Michigan City than shop at the Lighthouse Mall.­ If you have little ones, they will LOVE the Washington Park Zoo.­ Its an affordable and fun day with a lake view, an especially awesome view if you climb their tower.
  • Don't forget to schedule a visit or class at­the Lubeznik Center for the Arts!­ It is the gem of the lakefront.­ They have tons of events, classes­ for kids, and more.­ And be sure to attend their annual Lakefront Art Festival at Washington Park on August 15-16.­ Check out the details here.
  • You don't' need to be a PNC student or employee to visit and enjoy their sculpture park.­ This gorgeous campus on 421 in Westville is well known for ­its art and sculptures.­ Grab a picnic basket and head out to the PNC campus.­ But first check out what you will see by clicking here.
  • The Hesston Steam Museum is perfect for the train lover in your family.­ Located near I94 in LaPorte, you can take a ride on 3 different railroads and stroll among machines of the industrial age.­ Learning and fun are what this museum is all about!
  • Food!­ LaPorte has some incredible restaurants, including SPIRE Farm to Fork Cuisine.­ Their tagline says it all, "fresh.­ versatile.­ always unique."­ The golf course setting and modern design make this the perfect location for your next evening out!­ Be sure to make a reservation 219.575.7272
  • Its hard to beat the 4th of July in LaPorte!­ This community does the 4th BIG!­ If you've never been to their parade, you must go this year.­ GET your seats early!­ The LaPorte parade begins at 10 a.m. and includes 2 hours of old fashioned, family fun.­ The parade forms on Lincolnway at Al's East and travels west to Andrew Avenue.

Have I convinced you that LaPorte County has a ton to offer you and your family this summer and year round­­­!­­ There's so much more I could have included and will in the future.­ My challenge to those living in Lake and Porter Counties is to stretch outside your neighborhood and have some LaPorte County fun this summer!

Melissa Benefiel

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