New Local Tourist Attractions

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

Our recent days of sunshine are a reminder that spring is arriving. The nice weather has many of us looking forward to those spring and summer time activities. Coming soon, there are a couple of new places that you might be interested in.

Whether you like to shop for interesting things or enjoy relaxing by the pool, we have a preview of a couple of new places to enjoy in our area. Wana Waves Indoor Water Park Resort will open this July in Shipshewana.

While, Elkhart County's new Midwest Farmers Market is set to open on May 24th. When the market opens, it's safe to say you can probably call it the "mother" of all farmers markets. The 51-thousand square foot barn will have booths inside and outside.

“I visited a lot of farmers markets across the country, I think a lot of them are on a smaller scale, maybe have a lot of products shipped in, here, we try to give people a local feel or homegrown,” says Midwest Farmer’s Market President Art Moser. Whether it's Amish furniture, roasted chicken, or handmade soaps and quilts, Moser tells us they're concentrating on bringing in all American made and grown products.

There are 200 booths for vendors inside and 200 outside at the farmer’s market. So far, they tell us 80-percent of the indoor booths are spoken for.

Meantime, the largest construction project in LaGrange County history is moving along.

Wana Waves Indoor Water Park Resort is set to open July 1st. The opening date has been moved back a couple of times because of construction delays.

“I think this whole entity is unique because it's geared towards family fun, relaxation, enjoyment. It's a concept made for everybody, kids of all ages,” says Greg Johnson, Director of Sales & Marketing for Wana Waves.

The Shipshewana Hotel and Water Park will also have meeting and party rooms, a general store, and a restaurant with an all-you-can-eat Amish buffet. “There's no area like Shipshewana, the traditional Amish countryside, “ adds Johnson.

Wana Waves is located right across the street from Shipshewana's major flea market, a big tourist attraction. Meantime, the farmer’s market is hoping to add bus tours to their location and put cooking classes on the lineup.

Initially, the Midwest Farmers Market will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 7 am until 4 pm. The new farmers market is located just south of the bypass on State Road 19 and County Road 26.

And once July comes, Wana Waves will be open 365 days a year. That’s located on State Road 5 in Shipshewana.

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