South Bend Trip Guide | Midwest Living

South Bend Trip Guide

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.

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;

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;

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;

The Hesburg Library at Notre Dame University. Photo courtesy of South Bend CVB

The Hesburg Library. Photo courtesy of South Bend CVB

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;

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;

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;

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


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