National Parks / Natural World in SOUTH BEND with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, South Bend has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around South Bend, Indiana offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of South Bend itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Potato Creek State Park

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    (11 miles) North Liberty

    A beautiful state park in Indiana, with outdoor activities, year round fun, a 327 acre lake, diverse landscapes and fascinating history!

  • Silver Beach County Park

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    (32 miles) St. Joseph

    Beach fun in Michigan perfect for kids, with playgrounds, sports, fishing, and special events!

  • Potawatomi Wildlife Park

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    (34 miles) Tippecanoe

    The Park preserves both prehistorical and historical indian encampments, the Steven Ben-nack Potawatomi village, a portion of the Goshen-Logansport trail, and the Tippecanoe River ford where several ...

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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    (42 miles) Porter

    15 miles of Lake Michigan shore line as well as wildlife, sandy beaches, hiking trails, wetlands, and prairies - and an amazing outdoor adventure for the whole family in Indiana!

  • Douglas Center for Environmental Education

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    (53 miles) Gary

    Hike the Miller Woods Trail and through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the summer; attend award-winning environmental education programs year round; and when you get ...

  • Kalamazoo Nature Center

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    (58 miles) Kalamazoo

    The Kalamazoo Nature Center features dozens of public programs each month for all ages, in addition to our 11 miles of hiking trails and indoor and outdoor exhibits. The whole family will enjoy our ...

  • Burnham Park

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    (69 miles) Chicago

    600 acres of park fun on Chicago's lakefront with playgrounds, a bird sanctuary, and prairies!

  • Botanical Conservatory

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    (71 miles) Fort Wayne

    Surround the family in nature with tropical gardens, and great exhibits, as well as fun family events at this Fort Wayne conservatory!

  • Grant Park

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    (72 miles) Chicago

    Visit one of the first parks in Chicago with Grant Park, filled with museums, planetariums, festivals, events and park fun!

  • Outdoor Discovery Center - Macatawa Greenway

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    (73 miles) Holland

    Michigan's Outdoor Discovery Center is a beautiful place for the whole family to get lost into nature, with over 4miles of beautiful trails winding through a variety of landscapes.

  • Lincoln Park

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    (73 miles) Chicago

    A huge park in Chicago filled playgrounds, sports, nature, wildlife, and even a zoo!

  • Marquette Park

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    (75 miles) Chicago

    Over 300 acres of Chicago park fun with gardens, sports activities, playgrounds and programs for kids!

  • Garfield Park

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    (77 miles) Chicago

    Nearly 200 acres of park space in Chicago with tennis courts, playgrounds, a fishing lagoon and even baseball fields...just to name a few!

  • Blandford Nature Center

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    (95 miles) Grand Rapids

    Outdoor trails and natural play area, pioneer village, community gardens and Youth Farm Team program plus Summer Day Camps, Outdoor Education Programs and Wildlife Sleepover Program.

  • Fredrick Meijer Gardens

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    (96 miles) Grand Rapids

    Showcasing tropical, carnivorous and Victorian gardens indoors, outdoors you can find the vast sculpture park, farm garden, boardwalks and nature trails plus the children's garden.

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  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    (1 miles) South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

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    (4 miles) Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • Hall of Heroes Museum

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    (13 miles) Elkhart

    Visit the world's ONLY superhero museum, and it's in Indiana!

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

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    (15 miles) Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    (23 miles) La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • Curious Kids Discovery Zone

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    (32 miles) Saint Joseph

    Come to where Learning is Fun! Offering permanent and traveling hands-on exhibits for toddlers to teens. This beach side setting is the perfect place to explore six water exhibits, a climbing wall, ...

  • Air Zoo

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    (52 miles) Portage

    A fun packed science and aeronautical day for the whole family to spend flying around this exciting flight based theme park!

  • The Kalamazoo Valley Museum

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    (55 miles) Kalamazoo

    A museum for all ages in Kalamazoo, with hands-on exhibits featuring science experiments, the natural world, history, cultures, and self-guided tours just for kids!

  • Museum of Science and Industry

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    (69 miles) Chicago

    One of the worlds largest science museums, home to more than 35,000 artifacts - nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Great family place to visit ...

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    (70 miles) Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • DuSable Museum of African American History

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    (70 miles) Chicago

    The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the ...

  • Science Central

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    (70 miles) Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art

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    (71 miles) Fort Wayne

    It's an art attack in Fort Wayne with the Museum of Art, featuring every changing exhibitions that introduce kids to the wonderful world of art.

  • Adler Planeterium

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    (71 miles) Chicago

    Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.

  • Chicago Childrens Museum

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    (71 miles) Chicago

    Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids.

  • The Field Museum

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    (72 miles) Chicago

    Travel back in time across 4.6 billion years, where kids can come face to face with a T-Rex, explore an Egyptian Tomb and shrink down to the size of a bug! Great Chicago fun!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (72 miles) Chicago

    Explore the world of art as it has been since 1945, with paintings, sculptures and even performance! A very cultural day out for kids in Chicago!

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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    (73 miles) Chicago

    An amazing experience in the heart of Chicago, where the family can have a nature and science filled family day out at this Nature Museum.

  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

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    (74 miles) Chicago

    offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.