So, you’re searching for a new place to explore, but you don’t know where to start? Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis—you already visited each of those places, and you’re ready to go somewhere else this year. With so many things to do in South Bend, Indiana, you need to check it out! Whether you want to explore one of the wine trails nearby or cheer on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, you’ll never run out of new and exciting opportunities here! Don’t forget to request our free South Bend Vacation Guide for insider tips and local knowledge on the best attractions, restaurants, and more!

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1. Explore Local Wine and Beer Trails

Wine and beer enthusiasts will have their hands full during a trip to South Bend! Whether you’re sipping a glass of fine wine from one of Southwestern Michigan’s best wineries or sampling a flight of beers at one of our fantastic local breweries, this is one of the top things to do in South Bend for adults! Take a closer look at these wineries in our neighbor to the north and some of our local breweries below!

2. Get a Taste of South Bend

The culinary scene in South Bend is one of the top attractions in the area! Places like the LaSalle Grill and Tippecanoe Place provide unparalleled dining experiences for visitors searching for a taste of our city. There are plenty of other excellent places to dine in town, so be sure to check our Vacation Guide for more tips on local eats! Don’t forget to check our specials page for exclusive dining packages!

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3. Immerse Yourself in South Bend’s Museums

If you’re looking for a dose of history, you’ll find it in one of South Bend’s fantastic museums. The Studebaker National Museum highlights Clement Studebaker, a South Bend native and founder of Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. You can also find museums showcasing military history, art, and nature! You won’t want to leave these off of your things to do list!

4. Revel in Our Area’s Outdoor Activities and Attractions

South Bend offers a wide array of unique things to do outside. Go for an exciting whitewater rafting adventure in the heart of downtown, fly high in an aerial adventure park, or explore one of the area’s excellent parks. You’ll find something fun for all ages!

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5. Cheer on Our Local Sports Teams

One of the top things to do in South Bend is attending one of our fantastic local sporting events! Baseball fans will love spending an evening at a South Ben Cubs game. This club serves as the Chigaco Cubs minor league affiliate and plays a half-mile away from The Oliver Inn. You can also catch one of The University of Notre Dame’s many athletic events, including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and softball, that run through various seasons of the year.

6. Book Your Stay at The Oliver Inn


No trip to South Bend is complete without a stay at The Oliver Inn. Our beautiful and historic Bed & Breakfast features 10 well-appointed rooms with comfortable, modern furnishings, a romantic and relaxing atmosphere, and magnificent grounds. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in our destination of distinction. You’ll be glad that you did.

Browse our guest rooms and book your stay today! We look forward to welcoming you to The Oliver Inn family!