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Football fans flood South Bend (population: 101,000) to cheer the University of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and join the Friday night campus pep rallies.
The Hesburg Library. Photo courtesy of South Bend CVB
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Tours of the University of Notre Dame include the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Photo courtesy of South Bend/Mishawaka CVB.
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What to do

CircaArts Gallery A favorite among the boutiques and studios in the East Bank Village, Circa sells local art with emphasis on the Arts and Crafts style. Check website for hours. (574) 233-8400; circaartsgallery.com

East Race Waterway Get wet on the nation’s first artificial white water rafting course. It takes less than 10 minutes to splash down the course. (574) 299-4765; sbpark.org

University of Notre Dame Eck Visitors Center is the starting point for tours of the impressive campus; watch an intro video in the auditorium. Tour highlights include the Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes. (574) 631-5762; tour.nd.edu

Where to eat

Hensell’s Oaken Bucket Known for its big burgers, Hensell’s also attracts crowds with its fantastic patio. (574) 289-1616

LaSalle Grill The menu changes daily at this special-occasion spot where hardwood grilling imparts smoky flavor to many dishes. Reservations recommended. (574) 288-1155; lasallegrill.com

Rocco’s Restaurant A favorite with Notre Dame students, families and alumni, Rocco’s serves Italian comfort food in a warm family setting. (574) 233-2464; roccosoriginalpizza.com

Where to stay

Ivy Court Inn and Suites You’ll find great value in this renovated property on the UND campus: great location, spacious rooms and friendly service. (574) 277-6500; ivycourt.com

For information: South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 519-0577; visitsouthbend.com

 

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