Why South Bend?


South Bend is the largest metropolitan area in northern Indiana and is filled with thriving businesses, recreational activities, fantastic dining and shopping, and a vibrant nightlife. Downtown South Bend is not just a destination, it's an experience--and one that you don't want to miss out on.

To experience South Bend, check out our list of must-see's and -do's during your stay!


Things will be GREAT when you’re Downtown!  Everything is waiting for you, literally!
With 70 shops, 52 restaurants, 20 arts and entertainment venues, 4 museums and an abundant number of outdoor parks and plazas, Downtown South Bend is the perfect destination from sophisticated urban experiences to exciting outdoor excursions. 
From the racing rapids of the East Race to historic theaters, gourmet restaurants, live music, a dynamic art museum and summertime picnics on the green, downtown South Bend is the place to be in all seasons.  Nestled against the St. Joseph River, downtown South Bend delivers a vibrant mix of locally-owned business and year-round events that will tickle your taste buds and make lasting memories

Hungry? Downtown south bend has you covered!

A great way to explore the city is through dinning and  Downtown South Bend is home to over 50 great places eat! Not only does each restaurant reflect the unique vision and taste of its owners, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll only find here in South Bend.  A great way to explore the city is through EatDrink Downtown South Bend, signature events dedicated to showcasing our city’s unique food scene and supporting local charities. These evens include Summer Wine Walks, Winter Beer Walks, and the ever popular winter & summer Restaurant Weeks! 

Be Entertained: Theaters, Sports, Events 
Get Outside: Golf Courses, Hiking Trails, Parks 
Visit A Park: Find Recreational Spots Around SB
Educate Yourself: Museums, Art Galleries, Historical Places 
Shop 'til You Drop: Malls, Stores, Shopping Corridors 
Visit ND: See The Historic Notre Dame Campus Or One Of Their Many Events
Enjoy Sporting Events: Check Out The SB Cubs Or One Of South Bend's Many Other Sports Offerings

Places To Stay

Stay the Night: Hotels and Accommodations 

Food & Drink