Fun Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan Staycation Ideas

by Jennifer on May 21, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Save Dough, Travel/Credit Card Deals

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Summer is the perfect time to create lasting memories with your friends and family.  If you are able to take a vacation this summer, or get away for a weekend…or even just a day…we have some exciting local destinations for you!

We have put together a fantastic list of local activities in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan that you and your family can enjoy together this Summer!!

Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan (Michiana) contain plenty of places and opportunities to make lasting memories without the long-distance travel hassle and high expense.  There are SO many great activities for kids and families in our area!  There is really no need to travel far if you don’t want to!

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Muskegan, Michigan:

Camping in Muskegan:

Activities in Muskegan:

Beaches in Muskegan:

potawatomi zoo

South Bend, Indiana:

Camping in/near South Bend:

Activities in South Bend:

Restaurants in South Bend:

silver beach carousel

St. Joseph, Michigan:

Camping in St. Joseph:

Activites in St. Joseph:

Restaurants in St. Joseph:

Beaches in St. Joseph, MI:

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Nappanee/Shipshewana, Indiana – Amish Country:

Camping/Log Cabins in Shipshewana:

Activities in Nappannee/Shipshewana:


New Buffalo/Berrien County, Michigan:

Activities in New Buffalo/Berrien County:

Restaurants in New Buffalo/Berrien County:

Beaches in New Buffalo/Berrien County:


Michigan City/Porter, Indiana:

Camping/Beaches in Michigan City:

Activities in Michigan City:

lemon creek winery

Michiana Wineries:

So Dough Savvy Tip:  Want to get away cheaply but are not the camping type?  Head over to and negotiate a last minute deal on a vacation home rental!



Jaime May 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

Great list! I wanted to add that there are MANY more wineries in the same general area of Southern Michigan than listed above. Just for example, a newer winery in downtown St. Joseph is SO worth a trip! White Pine Winery has a really cute tasting room and if you buy a bottle tastings are FREE!

I bought three. :)

Jennifer May 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I agree Jaime! Lots to choose from in the area…thanks for the info on the new one in St. Joe…I’ll have to check it out :-)

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