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Group Experiences Along the Heritage Trail
From the authentic and engaging to the quirky and creative, Amish Country of Northern Indiana offers memory making experiences for groups of all ages and sizes. The most group friendly famous spaces & places are:
Can you imagine a garden planted with 7,000+ plants in the shape of a quilt pattern?
19 supersized, quilt-themed gardens and 22 hand painted quilt-art murals are found in the one-of-a-kind Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana Amish Country. Master Gardener step-on guides lead groups on the 90-mile scenic Heritage Trail thru 6 communities while viewing 1 million blooms in vibrant color plus quilting bees, garden centers, themed shopping, hands-on programs and exhibits. Viewable each year May 30-October 1. Click on the photo below to learn more.
Curious about the Amish culture and way of life?
Amish Acres in Nappanee offers a complete experience at one location. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the guided house & farm tour along with documentary films and wagon farm rides communicate and share the history and culture of the Amish since the 1800’s. Complete your group tour with the famous Family-Style Threshers Dinner, overnight lodging at The Inn at Amish Acres and exceptional Broadway musical theatrical productions in the Round Barn Theatre.
Hungry for some homemade pie?
Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury is home to Indiana’s largest restaurant famous for fried chicken, homemade noodles fresh from their factory and 31 kinds of pie. Yes, 31 kinds! This peaceful place in the country offers a full group package including multiple shops, miniature golf, indoor pool, deluxe country Inn, horse drawn carriage rides and family-friendly original theatrical productions in the intimate Heritage Hall.
Love a Bargain?
You’ve Never Seen Shopping Like This and there is no place with as many bargains or cool finds. Buses park free while shopping Shipshewana Flea Market; the Midwest’s largest and home to nearly 900 seasonal flea market booths open each Tuesday & Wednesday, May – September. Groups can also participate in weekly antique/livestock auctions, year-round events, and stay at our Amish-inspired hotel. All located within walking distance to popular downtown Shipshewana shopping and attractions, it is no wonder that groups love Shipshewana Trading Place, a must-see attraction in Northern Indiana.
Step-on Guided Themed Tours
Whether it’s a half day or full 8 hours, local expert guides provide a variety of themed, inclusive tours that will delight all on the Heritage Trail. Looking for the authentic? Want to meet the Amish in their workshop? Looking for a new way to take your group off the beaten path? Want to blend the artistic with the Amish and build a tour that has that combination of rustic and eclectic? Then these guides can create a one-of-a-kind customized tour perfect for your groups interests, time, budget and needs. See the Guides & Receptive Tour Operator Page for more details or contact Sonya at the CVB to get the inside scoop.