South Bend, IN

Travel Guide
Basilica of the Sacred Heart which includes heritage architecture, flowers and a garden
This thriving metropolis is known for its revered colleges, arts and entertainment centers, great shopping, restaurants, parks and plazas, and rich local history.

South Bend is a charming city with diversity in its arts, history, universities and shopping. Begin your stay exploring downtown. Find local, regional and international goods as well as boutique and handmade arts and crafts. Dining options are plentiful, with everything from counterculture coffee and ethnic foods to fine dining.

The colleges in South Bend foster a vibrant community of intellectual, scientific, artistic and sporting pursuits. See the iconic gilded Golden Dome and the statue of Mary on the main building at the University of Notre Dame.

Arts are big in South Bend so enjoy seeing a show or hearing the symphony orchestra play at the beautiful Morris Performing Arts Center. Originally built in 1921, the Morris Performing Arts Center is on the National Register for Historic Places.

If you are a history buff, be sure to walk through the Oliver Mansion and Center for History, the Victorian mansion that was Joseph D. Oliver’s house he was the inventor of the chilled plow. Visit the indoor museum at the Military Honor Park and take the little ones to the children’s museum. Discover how Christian faith influenced life in South Bend at the Taylor Memorial Chapel and the Grotto of Our Lady at the University of Notre Dame.

With an array of parks and recreational centers, South Bend offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity. Take a morning stroll through the city’s parks and gardens on the designated Riverwalk trails. Visit the wildlife oasis of Rum Village Nature Center and walk or bike through the woodlands. Take the kids to the Potawatomi Zoo and discover scientific gems and historical artifacts at the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum.

South Bend is in North Central Indiana, 96 miles (155 kilometers) east of Chicago. The most efficient way to get around is by Transpo, the local bus system. If you choose to drive, the city is easy to navigate and taxis are readily available.

Where to stay in South Bend

University of Notre Dame which includes wildflowers, a church or cathedral and a garden

Northeast South Bend

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If you're spending some time in Northeast South Bend, East Race Waterway and Coquillard Park are top sights worth seeing.

Northeast South Bend
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Wooded Estates

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Wooded Estates and surrounding area, you can visit Notre Dame Stadium and Compton Family Ice Arena.

Wooded Estates
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Harters Heights

While Harters Heights isn't home to many top sights, Notre Dame Stadium and Basilica of the Sacred Heart are some notable places to visit nearby.

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Near Northwest

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Near Northwest and surrounding area, you can visit Morris Performing Arts Center and South Bend Civic Theater.

Near Northwest