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Outdoor Activities in South Bend Mishawaka

From parks to campuses, South Bend Mishawaka is the ultimate destination for recreation enthusiasts.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Family Fun, Outdoor Rec & Sports

Region: North

Destinations Included: East Race Waterway, Potato Creek State Park, Four Winds Field, University of Notre Dame

Duration: 1-3 days

Related Trip Ideas: Family Fun in Indianapolis; An Unforgettable Outdoor Experience in French Lick/West Baden; Family Expeditions in Southern Indiana

About this trip idea

For those seeking an outdoor thrill only found in a handful of U.S. cities, look no further than the East Race Waterway .  Running through the heart of downtown South Bend, the East Race is the first manmade whitewater rafting course in North America, and is open to the public weekends June through August. 

The South Bend, Mishawaka, and St. Joseph County parks systems and Potato Creek State Park  all call St. Joseph County home, offering an abundance of outdoor recreation options.  Spring and summer bring disc golf, biking and watersports, while fall and winter see cross country skiing, hockey, winter inner-tubing and ice skating.

After a day of rafting, paddling and skating, it's time to sit and relax while watching the South Bend Cubs face off against other Minor League Baseball teams at Four Winds Field .  The stadium features an inflatable Fun Zone, playground and splash pad, as well as plenty of dining and seating options sure to keep every member of the family entertained. 

Any sports-lover would be remiss to head to South Bend Mishawaka and not pay a visit to the University of Notre Dame , home of the famed Fighting Irishathletics program.  Take a walking tour of the iconic campus, highlighting the most well-known landmarks and buildings, and experience the world class hospitality only found here.  For those a little short on time, Stadium tours are available, as well as tours of other campus buildings and athletic facilities.


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East Race Waterway


Potato Creek State Park


Four Winds Field


University of Notre Dame


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