South BendUnited States of America

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

Eddy Street Commons is a retail/apartment planned development on the edge of the University of Notre Dame campus that includes this Irish pub which offers Sunday brunch and allows dogs on the patio!

Northeast South Bend

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

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

Northeast South Bend
The History Museum which includes a house, interior views and heritage elements

West Washington

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

While West Washington isn't home to many top sights, South Bend Civic Theater and Studebaker National Museum are some notable places to visit nearby.

West Washington

Top Hotels in South Bend

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place South Bend / Mishawaka
Hyatt Place South Bend / Mishawaka
3 out of 5
215 W Day Rd, Mishawaka, IN
The price is $84 per night

Situated in Mishawaka, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from University Park Mall and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame Stadium is 3.1 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)

"Spacious rooms and great staff!! We arrived later than expected but that didn’t bother them 1 bit. Smiles on the faces of staff! Great experience."…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Hyatt Place South Bend / Mishawaka
Varsity Clubs Of America - South Bend by Diamond Resorts
Varsity Clubs Of America - South Bend by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
3800 N Main St, Mishawaka, IN
The price is $100 per night

Situated in Mishawaka, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Compton Family Ice Arena and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame Stadium and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"Always a nice experience. Very nice staff and very clean"…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2020

Varsity Clubs Of America - South Bend by Diamond Resorts
Doubletree Hotel South Bend
Doubletree Hotel South Bend
3.5 out of 5
123 N Dr. Martin Luther King BLVD, South Bend, IN
The price is $101 per night

Located in the heart of South Bend, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from South Bend Regional Museum of Art and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Notre Dame and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (649 reviews)

"Front desk was very helpful with all my questions and needs. Housekeeping was helpful when I needed more sugar and creamer. The pool area"…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Doubletree Hotel South Bend

Popular places to visit in South Bend

University of Notre Dame
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University of Notre Dame

4.5/5(723 reviews)

Experience a day in the life of a student at one of the prettiest campuses in the United States. Admire iconic landmarks and experience the passion of a football match. 

Potato Creek State Park
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Potato Creek State Park

4/5(25 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Potato Creek State Park, a lovely green space in North Liberty. Wander the college campus and riverfront in the area.

University Park Mall
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University Park Mall

4/5(229 reviews)

You can do some window-shopping at University Park Mall during your visit to Mishawaka. Amble around this family-friendly area's college campus or attend a football game.

Top things to do in South Bend

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Indiana
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Indiana

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Indiana
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Indiana

$20
Per adult
South Bend Scavenger Hunt: Rollin' Round The Bend
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South Bend Scavenger Hunt: Rollin' Round The Bend

$20
Per adult

Reviews of South Bend

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 30.307467057101025%
4 - Good
327
4 - Good 47.87701317715959%
3 - Okay
122
3 - Okay 17.86237188872621%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.781844802342606%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.171303074670571%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Not into it

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

I love South Bend. ND has been wonderful! But this hotel needs some upkeep and cleaning.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Was on business did not go to any events etc. Also this was due to Covid 19

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Really didn't think anything I'll never go back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Notre Dame campus area only

4/5 - Good

Morris

Mar 2, 2020

Some parts were over-served and some parts were underserved it's always a shame when some communities are not treated equally.

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