The City of South Bend is Indiana's fourth biggest city with a population of more than 100,000 people and it is the seat of St. Joseph County. It got its name from its location on the St. Joseph River, being at the southernmost bend. Find out what makes the city beautiful by getting on a bus rental in South Bend, Indiana and exploring its many sites, sounds and attractions.
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Now where do you go while in the city? Here are some of our top suggestions:
Chippewa Bowl is a long time fixture in the city, and provides 70 lanes of fun. Come here during off peak hours and you can get cheaper rates.
South Bend has several notable arts and culture attractions that wow art lovers and other visitors. There is the South Bend Museum of Art, which is housed inside the Century Center. The downtown museum was opened in the 1990s and regularly exhibits the works of several artists from the city and the rest of the Michiana region. The museum's permanent collection has more than 850 art works.
The Studebaker National Museum has an extensive collection of automobiles and wagons, to commemorate the 150 years that the Studebaker Corporation was in production. See the presidential carriages used by Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Benjamin Harrison, and Ulysses Grant.
You could also go to the Morris Performing Arts Center. Built in 1920s, the arts center includes the recently restored Palais Royale Ballroom and is home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Broadway Theater League.
Further, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association hosts the world's biggest chamber music fete. The yearly competition is held at the University of Notre Dame campus. The South Bend Civic Theatre, on the other hand, is located in the former Scottish Rite Building and has a main stage auditorium and a studio theatre that together can hold around 300 people. The theatre group puts up more than a dozen productions every year.
There are several venues you could go to while downtown. These include:
Festivals and events. Because of a large number of people with Polish Catholic ancestry, the city celebrates Dyngus Day every year on the Monday immediately after Easter Sunday. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is also commemorated in the city. This is when you could taste paczkis as they are widely available during Fat Tuesday.
Other than these, the city also several other annual festivals.
The South Bend Reggae Music Festival features some of the world's best reggae artists during the summer months, while a local country music radio station hosts the Annual All Day Country Concert, giving out more than 37,000 free tickets. The concert happens early September of every year. Other music festivals held in the city includes the World Pulse Festival and the Contemporary Christian Music Festival.
Shopping in South Bend is an experience you would not soon forget. You get unique gifts, the latest fashions and even some great antique finds. Find something interesting to read at Griffon Books or at Idle Hours Bookshop. Or check out Artisan Alley where you could find anything and everything from furniture to antiques and handmade jewelry. Other clothing stores here include Inspire Me!, Just Goods, and Sassy Sistah Fashions.
Downtown South Bend also has South Bend Chocolate Co. widely considered to be the biggest chocolate store with 10,000 sq. ft. of space.
The East Bank Village also has its own collection of shops and restaurants.
Meanwhile, Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame brings together dining, entertainment and shopping all in one area. A stroll down the sidewalks and you will certainly fall in love with the mix of shopping choices you have. Broadmoor Plaza has more than 115,000 sq. ft. of space and has several retailers, including Kroger, Staples, and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
On top of Broadmoor Plaza, Ireland Road has three centers for shopping:
While in the area, you could also shop at Ireland Commons and Ireland Village.
Another shopping must-visit is the State Road 23 where you could find the Campus Shoppes, Edison Plaza and Greenwood Shopping Center. While the River Park Business District has more than 260,000 sq. ft. of retail spaces, including the South Bend Farmers Market with its 96 stalls.
Dining. If you are looking for a great pub to go to after catching a Notre Dame game then you should go to Fiddler's Hearth, where the food is delicious and the atmosphere is relaxed. Or you can check out the burgers at CJ's Pub.
For authentic Chinese fare, go to JW Chen's (South Bend, IN 46637), Ho Ping House, Mandarin House Restaurant, or China House. Or you can check out the delicious Thai food at Cambodian Thai and the delightful Latin American fare at Girasol. Other places serving international cuisines include Elia's (Mediterranean), Cre Asian (Asian), Taqueria Chicago (Mexican).
Why not go to Polito's Pizzeria Restaurant, Rocco's Restaurant, Bruno's Pizza, Barnaby's, Volcano Restaurant, or Toscana Pizza & Pasta for some pizza.
Other restaurants you should not miss:
South Bend has a long and proud history in sports by way of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In fact, Football Saturdays has become one of the major events for South Bend. Basketball games featuring Notre Dame are as popular. The city is also home to the the South Bend Silver Hawks. The Silver Hawks play at Coveleski Stadium. You also have the South Bend Roller Girls, which includes the Studebreakers. You should also go to Belleville Softball Complex and the South Bend Table Tennis Center.
Golfers would want to live in South Bend for its selection of golf courses. Choose from:
History lovers would love South Bend's mix of history, industry, mansion and even chocolate.
First there is the Northern Indiana Center for History, which is home to the Northern Indiana Historical Society. The Northern Indiana Historical Society is the state's oldest second oldest historical society and collects artefacts and memorabilia related to the history of the region and the city itself.
The mansion has 38 rooms and was built in the 1890s by Joseph Doty Oliver. Be sure to see Copshaholm, one of the center's main features.
The history museum is a complex of buildings that houses exhibits and areas that relate to the history of the University of Notre Dame, St. Joseph River Valley, the Kidsfirst Children's Museum, and the the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
You can also find the gravesite of former United States Vice President Schuyler Colfax at the South Bend City Cemetery.
Then learn more about the struggle of African-Americans for civil rights at the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and The Natatorium.
Get on a bus rental in South Bend and check out the lovely houses that are noted for their history and architecture. The following houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
The city also has several historic districts that you can visit, such as the Chapin Park Historic District, Colonial Gardens Commercial Historic District, East Washington Street Historic District, Howard Park Historic District, Singer Manufacturing South Bend Lathe Co. Historic District, South Michigan Street Historic District, St. Casimir Parish Historic District, West LaSalle Avenue Historic District, West Washington Historic District.
Apart from these districts and homes, there are close to 50 other sites that are listed as national historic landmarks.
South Bend has a wide variety of sports and recreation for you. How about hiking, canoeing, and biking in one of the county parks in the city, or you can go to the nature preserves here to get close to nature.
White water rafting is available in downtown at the East Race Waterway. The waterway is 1,900 feet long and takes five minutes to complete at moderate speed. For the kids, they can enjoy the splash pads that dots the city at these locations:
On top of these, you can also beat the heat at Kennedy Water Playground! You could also go ice skating at Howard Park or skating at the O'Brien Skate Park.
Meanwhile these parks have great trails and walkways: Fredrickson Park, Gwen Stiver Park, Howard Park, Leeper Park, Northside Blvd. Walkway, Pier Park, Plaza Park, Ravina Park, Rum Village Nature Center, Rum Village Park, South Bend River Walk, and Southeast Neighborhood Park.
Other parks you can go to include:
You should also check out the Potawatomi Greenhouses, which were built in the 1920s. Meanwhile the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories were built in the 1960s.
The Potawatomi Zoo has 23 acres of space and is part of the Potawatomi Park. The zoo houses more than 400 animals and has around 200,000 visitors every year.
Here, you could see large cats, Australian animals, primates and other animals.
South Bend's residents have an obvious spirituality and it shows. The city has several churches that you could visit, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
You can also go on the Sacred Spaces tour where you get to visit ten religious sites in the city. You can also visit the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at the University of Notre Dame and the Taylor Memorial Chapel on Bethel College.
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