The University of Notre Dame and the surrounding region offer numerous ways to have fun. Winter, spring, fall or summer - we've got you covered all year round.

Venture out to play, learn and explore

You could stay on campus and never be bored. Concerts, lectures, athletic events and art exhibits are just a few of the many regular happenings that define this vibrant, diverse community. But step away from the University to see firsthand how the area’s 300,000 residents enjoy full, satisfying lives.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Grab a few friends (or fill a bus) and cheer on the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field.

The all-American, affordable fun is suited for kids and adults alike. The park has splash pads and grassy places for younger children and a Tiki Hut and Party Patio for the grown-ups.

A tiger

Walk on the wild side

Make a day of it and count all the animals at Potawatomi Zoo, Indiana’s oldest zoo.

Lions, tigers and red pandas are just numbers one, two and three in this engaging furry, feathered or scaly activity.

Bring a picnic lunch or stop to eat at the café.

Actors performing in a play

Satisfy your inner aficionado

You can experience world-class performances, events and exhibits right on Notre Dame’s campus at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Snite Museum of Art.

South Bend and Mishawaka — rich in history and cultural diversity — is home to more than a dozen museums and attractions, including the Studebaker Museum and the Morris Performing Arts Center.

Escape the routine and visit a nearby park for a dose of nature and fresh air. You’ll be better for it.

The parks offer activities year-round, providing a brilliant seasonal backdrop to your outdoor exercise of choice: walking, running, kayaking, disc golf or cross-country skiing, to name a few.

Hike Vargo Hill at Potato Creek, whitewater raft on the East Race, walk the length of Mishawaka’s River Walk or take the kids to the playground at St. Pat’s Park.

Stop at a nearby farmer’s market for the freshest locally grown items

Pick up meat, eggs, cheeses and bulk fruit and veggies to make your own healthy meals at home (don’t forget the fresh flowers!). These local markets, scattered across the region, make good food choices easy and support vendors who live in the community.

Wanting Even More?

Catch a South Shore train to Chicago.

Stick your toes in the sand at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Step back to a simpler time in Elkhart County’s Amish Country.