The 10 Best Things to Do in Middlebury, United States

October 16, 2017 Giuseppe Pratt

Middlebury is a town in Middlebury Township, Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. It is located approximately 35 miles east of South Bend, 130 miles east of Chicago, Illinois and 165 miles north of Indianapolis. Middlebury is nestled in Northern Indiana's Amish country. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,420.
Restaurants in Middlebury

1. Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Between Shipshewana & Middlebury, Middlebury, IN
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5 based on 74 reviews

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Reviewed By RevTedd - Swartz Creek

We loved the Pumpkinvine Trail! We rode our bikes on the section from Middlebury to Shipshewana. The trail had many shady, woodsy sections. Much of the trail bordered farms. It was great to see many horses and cows as we rode along the trail. We definitely wish to return!

2. Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park

6255 N 1000 W, Shipshewana, IN 46565-9592 +1 260-768-7194 ext. 2
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5 based on 200 reviews

Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park

Reviewed By mlr0yer - Goshen, Indiana

I was so surprised by this attraction! I lived 30 minutes from it, and didn't know about it until a friend recommended it. We have taken two trips there recently with different family members and they all loved it. Plan for 2 hours. Included in the entrance is a walk through the animal farm (you can enter all pens), you can hold rabbits and ducklings, and slide into the goat pen. The kids loved it. Then, your entrance includes a wagon ride and food through the exotic animals. There are zebras, ostriches, a musk ox, llamas, camels, elk, etc. The list goes on.

It costs about $13 for adults and $8 for children -- but you get a lot for that. Then bring a lot of $1 bills to buy carrots and baggies of fruit loops to feed the animals. Also, the $5 pony/horse rides are worth it, and the "train" pulled by a pony is a hoot for $1 a rider.

3. Bonneyville Mill County Park

53373 County Road 131, Bristol, IN 46507-9556 +1 574-535-6458
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Bonneyville Mill County Park

Reviewed By TxTravels_9 - Austin, TX

We had come here specifically to see the mill and were lucky enough to tag on to a tour for a group of school children who were visiting at the same time. It was very interesting to see and hear about the process of milling grain. The park itself is a lovely setting which appears to be beautifully maintained.

4. Heritage Ridge Creamery

11275 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540-9632 +1 574-825-9511
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Heritage Ridge Creamery

Visitors to this site can see how Amish cheese is made.

Reviewed By tipton68 - Indianapolis, Indiana

NOTE: DEUTSCH KASE HAUS (GUGGISBERG CHEESE) IS NOW CALLED HERITAGE RIDGE CREAMERY.

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time here. You can have small samples of over 20 different cheeses. It was difficult to limit our choices but we walked away with 2 of the smoked varities, a Muenster and a Colby Jack. You can see the cheese making through the windows in the back. The Amish employees are very helpful. We will return!

5. Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum

760 S van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565-8611 +1 260-768-3021
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5 based on 114 reviews

Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum

World's largest collection of Hudson, Essex, & Terraplane automobiles. Ranging from 1909 to 1956 the collection houses some of the finest examples of the autos produced by the Hudson Automobile Company. Both pristine restorations and pristinely preserved examples walk you through time while you reminisce about America's love affair with the automobile.

Reviewed By Charlene P

My friend and I left our wives shopping and went to the Hudson museum, a great value for the price. They have a "cherry" Hudson from the first year they were made, 1916 I think, up to 1956. Nicely displayed and the guide was able to tell us about some of the cars.

6. Old Creamery Antiques

333 N Main St, Middlebury, IN 46540-9003
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Old Creamery Antiques

Reviewed By RetiredBeachers29526 - Conway, South Carolina

My wife and I stopped in here while visiting the area. We were surprised by the size of the place when we walked in the door, because it didn't seem like it would have as much as it did, looking from the outside. They have a wide variety of items and it takes some time to walk around and see all there is, but it is worth a visit, especially if you enjoy vintage items.

7. Blue Gate Theatre

195 N Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565 +1 888-447-4725
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Blue Gate Theatre

The Blue Gate is best place for evening entertainment in Shipshewana and is fast becoming a household name in the Midwest, featuring over 280 shows per year with 75 different performers, 3 hit musicals and much more. This year will feature the new musical "The Home Game" based on the new book by Martha Bolton. Also enjoy concerts by multiple Grammy winning performers, hilarious comedians, Southern Gospel favorites and other family-friendly entertainment.

Reviewed By kseam6259 - Franklin, North Carolina

The environment in this Blue Gate Theater has a very professional look to the place. It is easy to set up for large groups or easy to separate for smaller groups. The equipment and stage present also makes the groups performing or speaking able to operate very easily it seems from my observation.

8. Krider Nurseries World's Fair Gardens

302 Bristol Ave, Middlebury, IN 46540-9019
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Krider Nurseries World's Fair Gardens

Reviewed By OpenToNewAdventures - Fort Wayne, IN

The presence of the Krider Nursery at the World's Fair in Chicago is pretty amazing! Not only did a tiny town in Indiana have a presence at an international event, but the display showed the quality and ingenuity of Middlebury Indiana. Of personal interest to our family is that our grandfather, O. Glenn Kindy, spent one summer with the display. He cared for the plants and slept in the windmill. How we wish we had asked him more about it when he was alive. He is buried in the cemetery just east of town.

9. Menno-Hof Mennonite - Amish Visitor Center

510 S van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565-8983 +1 260-768-4117
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4.5 based on 259 reviews

Menno-Hof Mennonite - Amish Visitor Center

Amish and Mennonite museum and visitor center.

Reviewed By goseedo - South Dakota

The Menno-Hof Visitor Center is a superb way to learn about Anabaptist principles, the beginnings (and persecution) of the Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites nearly 500 years ago, and how they made their way to America. There is a imaginative mix of teaching tools -- videos, reading, displays, semi-interactive rooms, guided, on your own -- which makes learning easy (albeit some are not oriented for children). The emphasis is on the history of the Anabaptists and is from their perspective; there is no focus on current living styles, although there is an Amish home/kitchen display at the end of the tour.

We spent more than the anticipated 1.5 hours as we were quite fascinated by the stories and read most of the placards.

Parking was easy. Guides were friendly. Admission cost was very reasonable and is listed, along with hours, on the website. Always closed Sundays. Highly recommend if you are interested in history, religions, and cultures, and wish to understand others' beliefs, even as they may differ from your own.

10. Teaberry Wood Products

1450 N 1150 W, Middlebury, IN 46540-9388 +1 574-536-3294
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5 based on 11 reviews

Teaberry Wood Products

We specialize in arts and crafts. We make Monroe Dutcher style baskets, animal puzzles and nativity scenes.

Reviewed By Chellee T - Central Florida, Florida

Came by after we stopped at the Cheese store down the road. My husband builds guitars so I thought he would like this place after reading the reviews. He wasn't too excited about stopping but since it was so close we pulled in. I really thought we'd be 15 minutes or so but we ended up staying for well over an hour. My husband had a great time talking to the family. Rachel (wife) was so nice and showed us all over the shop and how she made the baskets, which are amazing! When Laverne (husband) came back he spoke with my husband for a long time all about woodworking and types of woods and grains. We had a great time and would've stayed longer if I didn't have a bunch of other things I wanted to do today. The family would be welcomed us to stay too, I am sure. Both their younger boys were there and were just as helpful and friendly. They have awesome wood puzzles, baskets, decor pieces, cutting boards, and more and each of the family members helps in the process of it all right there onsite. I bought a beautiful basket and love that I know exactly how it was made, just makes it mean more to me. Definitely stop here if even for just a quick stop in the store. So worth it!

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