Tourism is more than a secondary industry in LaGrange County - it is a vital economic engine. The county, home to the second largest Amish settlement in the United States, attracts hundreds of thousands of leisure travelers, tour groups, and destination travelers over the course of the year. These visitors increase the population of the small town of Shipshewana from approximately 536 residents to well over 20,000 on a busy summer day. Shipshewana welcomes over 2,000,000 visitors annually, and is considered one of the top 5 most visited attractions in Indiana The visitors come to experience the largest outdoor flea market in the Midwest, the Amish Mennonite culture, and shop in the quaint retail shops, enjoy a home-style meal or experience one of the many artisans or road side stands of a vibrant cottage industry.
Tourism reaches out beyond the Town of Shipshewana as well. LaGrange County is a perfect home for naturalists and those who love outdoor sports. LaGrange County is home to a 11,605 acre Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area that welcomes thousands of visitors a year to visit its 529 acres of lakes, 17 miles of free flowing river, and its many different woodlands and camping areas. The county also boasts a number of privately owned campgrounds that cater to all tastes, from those who would like a more primitive experience to the folks who would prefer to rent a cabin or hook-up their recreational vehicle or camper to all of the amenities of home. LaGrange County is also home to 67 natural lakes, rivers that are ideal for canoeing and kayaking, and a vibrant county and town parks system (including 2 skate-board parks) so that people of all ages can find something outdoors to keep them active all year! These opportunities help to contribute to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation ranking LaGrange County in the top 5 healthiest counties in Indiana two years in a row! From boaters to campers, and hunters to bird-watchers, LaGrange County has an outdoor activity for everyone.
For more information, please visit the LaGrange County Convention & Visitor's Center website
, or call (800) 254-8090. Find a great resource for tourism information at the Shipshewana Retail Merchant's website here