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Riverside Charm

Outdoor adventures begin in waterfront parks boasting scenic picnic areas and plenty of river access for anglers and boaters. You can also stretch your legs on hiking trails against a pristine backdrop of waterfalls and wildlife or camp in the scenic forest of Eby’s Pines. Historic Treasures are preserved at the Elkhart County Historical Museum – a treasure trove of area history found in unique collections ranging from musical instruments to military memorabilia. Admission is free! Unique events thrive in this warm and welcoming riverside community. Check out the annual Bristol Homecoming Parade, Bristol Hills Storytelling Festival and Bonneyville Heritage Day.

Fun Fact: Missing props and sudden noises are usually attributed to Percival, the “ghost” of the 130-year-old Bristol Opera House, home to the Elkhart Civic Theatre
1,490 residents | 23 shops & restaurants

Locals Love

  • Grab a few bags of fresh-from-the-grindstone cornmeal at Bonneyville Mill
  • Laugh out loud during a hilarious comedy performed by the Elkhart Civic Theatre troupe at the Bristol Opera House
  • Savor Windy City favorites - deep dish pizza and hot dogs rule - at Chicago’s Downtown Eatery
  • Spruce up your home and garden with fun finds from Camille’s Floral and Gifts

Only in Bristol

  • Sit on hay bales and hear tall tales told by acclaimed storytellers at the annual Bristol Storytelling Festival
  • Meet Percy, the resident ghost, during a ghost tour at the historic Bristol Opera House
  • Sample local vintages at Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard
  • Grab a paddle and "bear off" for a kayak adventure along the St. Joseph River - Fluid Fun will set you up
  • Join a fun walking tour or workshop at Elkhart County Historical Museum and come away with new expertise and new friends
  • Lace up your roller skates and wheel along the hardwood rink of Eby's Family Fun Skate Center – family operated since 1953

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