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The City with a Heart

Elkhart's Next Act
The classic line from West Side Story, “something’s comin,’ something good…” could be the motto for this city “with a heart.” There’s a new focus on creativity with uniquely themed gardens and outdoor sculpture, downtown’s eclectic ArtWalks and an exciting season of live performance at the magnificently restored Lerner Theatre.

Where the Art Is
The $18 million restoration of the historic Lerner set the stage for downtown’s arts & entertainment revival. Five nearby – and distinctly different – museums blend unique collections and storied pasts. It all comes together in the SoMa (Supporting Our Main Assets) District, a repository for retro retail, eclectic eateries and the all-new RiverWalk Culture Trail, a set-your-own pace walking tour lined with inviting sites & stops.

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Locals Love

  • Feed the ducks at Martin's Landing and enjoy sweeping views of riverside homes
  • Shop for distinctive gifts and pick up flaky pastries at b on the River
  • Take in the "Noon Time Talk" each Thursday at the Midwest Museum of American Art
  • Enjoy an afternoon stroll through themed, waterfront gardens at Wellfield Botanic Gardens
  • Sip a Martini at Stirred

Only in Elkhart

  • Hear the sounds of cool jazz filling downtown streets and venues at the Elkhart Jazz Festival late June
  • Peek into a vintage touring car custom built for screen siren Mae West at the RV/MH Hall of Fame
  • Catch a spirited performance of The Wizard of Oz on the grand stage of the newly renovated Lerner Theatre
  • Step into a lavish parlor at Ruthmere and imagine the lives of the wealthy in the early 1900's
  • Hoist a frosty mug of homemade root beer served by car hops at Simonton Lake Drive-In
  • Grab a blanket and picnic under the stars at a municipal band concert at McNaughton Park (Tuesday evenings June – August)

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