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5 Places To Do On Summer Holiday Walkerton Area

Camping with the family at Potato Creek State Park.

5. Swan Lake Resort

A full-service resort including 36 Holes of Golf, The Golf Academy, Conference Center, Full-Service Restaurant & Lodging at Dickies. This is the place to stay or host an event. Swimming pools to sunbathe or kid fun, a great tavern Putter's Bar & Grill. Swan Lake offers a variety of lodging options (hotel, cabins, and villas), two 18-hole championship golf courses, a year-round golf academy, two restaurants including the newly opened "Chophouse," a 30,000 sq. ft. conference center with meeting rooms accommodating 8-240 people, indoor and outdoor pools and fitness area. Nestled on 500 acres of the Northern Indiana countryside, the luxurious and affordable Swan Lake Resort is a surprise getaway to relax and enjoy anytime for weekday business activities or weekend escapes located close to home.

Accommodations at Swan Lake Resort consist of 92 hotel rooms, 6 country cottages, 4 log cabins, as well as our Fairway Villas. They want every visitor to take a break from the fast-paced world and relax with the comfort and convenience that you would expect from a resort atmosphere. For 40 years the Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort has helped thousands of golfers find greater enjoyment in their golf games. Led by highly trained PGA professionals, the Academy combines the amenities of Swan Lake Resort with state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, video analysis, Flightscope, large practice range, and custom fittings offered at competitive prices. Enjoy individual or group lessons and be sure to check out their special Academy Golf Packages. For more information go to:

4. Round Barn Theater - The Barns At Nappanee The Barns at Nappanee, is the new home of the old Amish Acres. With a rich history in Amish culture, Round Barn Theater is part of the old historic Kuhn's Farm, and was built in 1911. The newly reopened stages that were once home to the Amish Acres theme park and have transformed into 6 to 7 productions per year.

Today, you will find the best dining and "Off Broadway" shows. You can enjoy The Barns Farm Table Restaurant And Eatery, and The Barns Steakhouse And Restaurant. Now playing on stage is "When Calls The Heart The Musical: A World Premier" May 28th through July 17th. Get your tickets now at their website: 3. Potato Creek State Park Plenty of DNR Activities planned for this Summer in the Walkerton Area! The most popular place is found just 8 miles north of town at Potato Creek State Park! From painting, holding snakes, scavenger hunts, stargazing with astronomers, feeding birds, and watching eagles? If you’re in the mood for a hike or a bike ride? The park has everything from uninhabited forests to old farm sites along with wetlands and prairies! This preserved area is perfect for nature lovers looking for a great way to spend an afternoon.

Why potato? The story – as told by the St. Joseph County Public Library – begins with the area’s Native American population. Our local tribes dug food from the creek banks. These plants had potato-like roots so early English settlers referred to them “wild potatoes”. Thus, Potato Creek State Park got its name. The park was officially designated as a protected state park in 1977. It has been a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts ever since. Boasting a 327-acre lake – Lake Worster – a swimming beach, boat launch, and Nature Center, Potato Creek is teeming with activities for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the most popular activities at Potato Creek is hiking and biking! be sure to make it for the Potato Creek Lions And Strawberry Festival happening June 11th and June 12th. website: Just click on the festival flyer on the homepage. Also for camping: 2. Visit Koontz Lake Koontz Lake - Stanley's Marina and Kramers Beach, N. Tippecanoe Drive, and Koontz Lake Brewery are highlights on the west side of the lake. If you are traveling from Walkerton on SR 23 visitors will find Kramer Beach at the end of Cherokee Rd. If you travel south down Tippecanoe Dr. you will find many old cottages built for summertime tourists during the early 20th Century.

Today, it continues to be a destination for leisure seekers looking to escape the big cities. Once, grocery stores, sports shops, and hamburger stands dotted the tree lined lanes named after indigenous tribes. Koontz Lake has been a resort community since the 19th century. Once steamers, and paddle boats carried passengers across the waters. The only working brewery in the area, Koontz Lake Brewing Co., is located at 7747 SR 23. 1. Saylor's End Of The Trail Horseback Riding Located at 9562 E750N only 1 mile west of the Koontz Lake Dam you will enjoy camping on the End Of The Trails premises, hayride tours, hourly horseback riding, petting the animals, and even go to the rodeo down the road at Saylor's Arena. They also do pony parties and group events. They are a family owned and operated business. Laura and Eurrat keep busy doing the rodeo circuit yearlong. Let them show you a good time.

At the Saylor's Arena located at 4600 N 1100 E you can take part in the "Fast & Fearless Friday's" happening 2nd Friday of each month starting June 11th. On June 18th starts the Grovertown Throwdown Pit Bike Race happening through August 21st. Then the Fast & Fearless Friday's resume in August, September, and October. Entrants will ride sheep, bulls, and course on horseback around the barrels. Don't forget that the Saylor's do wedding carriages too. Please call to make arrangements: (574) 532-1840 or go to:

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