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​Not only will you enjoy great golf, but Kendallville is located near the world-famous Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction. Looking for nightlife? We are a short drive to Fort Wayne, which offers big city entertainment, dining and shopping.

Bixler Lake Park
Boasting a 527-acre park including lake. People can enjoy the 117 acre lake, 2 guarded swimming beaches, surrounded by hiking/biking trails, picnic areas, children’s playground areas, Bixler is a wonderful retreat! Whether you spend your lunch hour at the gazebo encircled with perennials or spend a weekend camping at the adjoining park campground, Bixler provides peace and solitude. Winter at Bixler offers ice-skating and ice-fishing.

Sunset Park
Sunset Park offers open space, ball fields, and rental garden plots.

YMCA
Kendallville’s YMCA is a hub of family activity. The Y has recently completed a 5.5 million dollar expansion. This expansion includes a 2nd indoor pool and a 2nd full-size gym.

Kendallville Municipal Airport
Kendallville’s Municipal Airport offers scenic airplane or glider rides of our lovely countryside and lakes.

Strand Theater
The historic Strand Theater in downtown Kendallville is alive again after a brief respite. With a face lift and renovation, this original 1890 building now houses two modern movie theaters. From its opening as the Spencer Opera House to the 1892 funeral for respected citizen Capt. Hiram Iddings, through its vaudeville days, the Strand has a long legacy and is now a great place to take in a current movie. Allow your thoughts drift to all this building has witnessed through the years.

Auburn-Garrett Drive In Movie Theater
Built in the 1950’s during the early years of the drive-in theater boom, the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In Theater was a small, single screen drive-in with parking for around 150 cars. The current, much larger screen was erected in the early 1970’s and additional parking was added to bring the theater’s capacity to 420 cars. Audio was originally provided by speakers mounted on pedestals, but is now provided on FM radio signal. The Drive-In is open seasonally, April through September.

Mid-America Windmill Museum
Kendallville is very proud to be the home of the Mid-America Windmill Museum. Since its opening in 1998, the Windmill Museum and annual Windmill Festival have enabled residents and visitors alike the opportunity to see and understand the significance of generating wind power in the development of our community and our nation. An integral part of the progress of the young rail system across America, windmills were strategically placed to pump water to the powerful steam engines coursing the prairie. At the turn of the century, approximately 75 manufacturers of windmills were located within 150 miles of Kendallville. Included in this count would be Flint & Walling of Kendallville, still making pumps today in its third century of operation. This 30-acre museum houses a large collection of restored windmills and memorabilia.

Civil War Re-enactment
Step back to the turbulent times of the 1860’s as you enlist with the 50th Virginia Infantry Company D. This family-oriented, non-political group of re-enactors strives to enrich the understanding of Civil War history through authentic presentations. With activities during the spring through fall, this Confederate unit participates at various community events throughout the Midwest.

Kendallville Apple Festival – October
When it comes to festivals, Kendallville knows how to do it right! The Apple Festival stands alone as a cultural icon for our town. In just over 10 years, this small, hometown festival has grown from a handful of vendors with a few hundred residents attending, to hundreds of vendors and upwards of 60,000 in attendance over the two-day, two-location event! With its mid-1800’s theme, visitors experience pioneer life as it may have been during the time Kendallville was settled. Complete with traditional garb, demonstrations, open-fire cooking, and handcrafts typical of the time, the Apple Festival has a life of its own. Now in two locations, the original fairground location and the downtown historic area “Main Street Village,” visitors to this annual event are sure to find many wonderful treats and treasures!

Bluegrass Festival
For over 10 years, the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association (NIBGA) has chosen Kendallville as its home for two major festivals annually. With its strong emphasis on educating young people about this uniquely American heritage, The Bluegrass Festival is welcomed to our town. Held each Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, this all-American event draws hundreds of pickers and listeners to the fairgrounds for informal times of “jam’in” off-stage, as well as scheduled performances from nationally known bluegrass artists on-stage. Many attendees camp right at the fairgrounds, and the midway offers arts and crafts as well as food vendors.

Shipshewana
Take a step back in time into a friendly, small town filled with pleasant memories. The smell of fresh bread baking, and the rhythm of horse hooves trotting down the street are just a part of what you will find in Shipshewana. The community is filled with interesting shops, bed and breakfast inns, quilts, antiques and local folks. It is located in the middle of the third largest Amish community in the United States. Shipshewana is home of the renowned Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, an enormous country sale with some 1000 vendors and dozen auctioneers going at the same time.
The town is bustling and exciting in the summer, a quiet treasure hunter’s dream all year round. Most shops are open 12 months out of the year, but closed each Sunday. Put Shipshewana on your list of places to visit!

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
(260) 925-6266
A display of over 100 classic, antique, vintage, and special interest cars in the 1930 art deco headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company. Open daily 9am-5pm. Located on South Wayne Street.

National Military History Center, formerly World War II Victory Museum
The Center is home to the world’s largest collection of vehicles from WWII. Located just off I-69 at exit 326.

Parkview Noble Hospital
The new Parkview Noble Hospital offers Noble County a full array of services including a 24-hour Emergency Room, private in-patient rooms, and surgical services. The hospital is conveniently located off US Highway 6, west of Kendallville.

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