Getaway With the Grandkids to Shipshewana, IN

Post Date: Jul 07, 2023

Take the grandkids back in time and enjoy the simple life with all the fun they'll remember for a lifetime with a Getaway with the Grandkids Trip to Shipshewana, IN.

Day 1:  Enjoy the Amish Culture


Check in to your classic room (includes 2 adults & 2 children age 14 and under) at the Farmstead Inn. Take a moment to sit with your family and notice the quiet sounds of Amish buggies passing by.

Take a short ride through Amish Country to Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park where the kids can feed the animals and experience domestic and exotic animal's on a covered safari style wagon ride. (Seasonal Attraction | Open May through Mid-October)


Take your family to the country to enjoy the package's included Amish Dining Experience. (Advance reservations required.) These feature a family-style Thresher's meal complete with all the fixings at an Amish home in Shipshewana. (Typically includes homemade bread, 2 Meats, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Noodles, Vegetables, Salad, Pie, Coffee and Water.) Feel free to chat with the Amish hosts and ask questions about their culture!

Afterwards, return to the Farmstead Inn, and enjoy a swim with the kids in the indoor pool, relax in the hot tub, or play ping pong or basketball in the indoor recreation center.

Day 2:  Experience Shipshewana Shopping


Wake up to your free hot continental breakfast boasting biscuits & gravy, eggs, fruit, cereal, waffles, and a variety of other items, then check out of your room so that your family can enjoy the town of Shipshewana. 

Start by walking right next door to the Menno-Hof Center where your family will love the interactive exhibits and learning all about the Amish/Mennonite history and culture. 


Next, head downtown to the Davis Mercantile Building. Your grandkids will love riding the beautiful 1906 Dentzel Carousel, which is nestled among 23 shops including JoJo's Pretzels, Red Wagon toy store, Aunt Millie's Candy & Nuts, Simple Sounds music store and more.

Treat your family to lunch at one of the cute cafes in town, or take them to the famous Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery.

Plus, If you come to Shipshewana on a Tuesday or Wednesday during the summer months (May-Sept)? Be sure to take your family to the Midwest's Largest Flea Market and Antique Auction! You will love browsing the hundreds of booths, and all Farmstead Inn guests receive free parking passes! Pick up a directory, to find all the products both you and your grandkids won't want to miss.

Find treasure around every corner of the LARGE Outdoor market or even teach them a bit of economics when bidding at the Wednesday Misc/Antique Auction. (You never know what they might find to take home and the memories alone are priceless!)

For more trip ideas, download the Shipshewana, Indiana Amish Country Trip Planner! {download here}

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