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Hut hut hike! Batter up! Vroooom! For the sports-oriented family, spring break in northern Indiana promises lots of fun and excitement.

Football, Baseball and Autos in South Bend

Start your sporty spring break with a tour at the beautiful Notre Dame. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can take a special insider's tour of the famed football stadium, one of the most historic, tradition-laden sports venues. Tour guides will tell the history of the Joyce Center and the teams that call it home. You'll even get to tour the locker room, touch the Play Like a Champion sign and step onto the field. Notre Dame also has two public golf coursesL Warren Golf Course and Notre Dame Golf Course. Also check the schedule for spring sports like baseball and softball to take in an exciting college game.

The Chicago Cubs Single A team is now the South Bend Cubs, and you can go to a game at Four Winds Field. Special family ticket and food packages make it an affordable, fun evening of entertainment and competition.

Also in South Bend is the Studebaker National Museum, a three-story, 55,000-square-foot museum featuring auto racing, Presidential Carriage Collection, motorcycles and more. This spring you can see The American Motorcycle: The Ride Goes On, an exhibit that follows the 100-year story of the American motor biking industry, featuring Excelsior, Indian and Harley-Davidson. Kids ages 3-10 can pretend to work on an autombile in the Studebaker Super Service Center, a fun new interactive exhibit. 

Take the 3-Dune Challenge

You'll all have something to brag about after this vacation once you've completed the 3-Dune Challenge at the Indiana Dunes. The hike takes you up three of the tallest dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan: Mt. Jackson, Mt. Holden and Mt. Tom. The rugged trails feature nearly 40-degree slopes, so the word "challenge" definitely fits. But don't worry—there's always a shortcut back to the starting point if someone gets tired. Pick up a free 3-Dune Challenge sticker and postcard. You can also purchase a 3-Dune Challenge T-shirt or hoodie to commemorate your accomplishment.