Shipshewana Travel Guide

  • Quilt Garden (June 2009)
    Quilt Garden (June 2009)
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Shipshewana Things to Do

  • Flea market

    The flea market is open every Tuesday & Wednesday from 8am-5pm, May-October and certain other days around Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. There are over 1,000 vendors selling mostly new items-crafts, furniture, food items, produce, toys, stuff you would find at dollar stores, etc. There are also lots of people selling used books and a few...

  • Antique auction

    The auction is held every Wednesday except Christmas and New Year's, the auction starts at 9 am until the auctioning is finished.If you want to inspect the merchandise before the auction starts, you can view it on Tuesday and Wednesday before the bidding starts. Check the website below for exact times, right now it says you can start looking...


    THE MENNO-HOF MUSEUM tells the story of the Amish and Mennonite people. It is a unique museum and well worth a visit.My brother-in-law, an artist, helped design the displays inside. He was the only non-Amish and non-Mennonite person employed in a design capacity for this project.(trivia fact: Shipshewana is the only Indiana site listed in "1000...

  • Mennohof

    Jo and I stopped by Mennohof for a few minutes to have a look around, unfortunately we didn't have time to do the tour which is the only way to visit Mennohof. I believe the clerk said it would take about 1 1/2 hours, admission for adults was $6. If you don't have time for a tour, there are some books and other literature inside the building for...

  • Quilt gardens

    Jo and I only found one of these near Essenhaus but if you have a more leisurely visit, there are 16 flower beds planted in quilt designs and 16 murals that can be found throughout Amish Country along the Heritage Trail that takes you through Elkhart, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Bristol. The gardens should be available to view through...

  • Menno-Hof

    If you've wondered about the Amish people and their Mennonite kindred, Menno-Hof is the place to stop. You'll learn about their faith journey from the old world to Indiana. You'll discovered the meaning behind America's 'religious freedoms'. The museum ends with an introduction to modern day Amish and Mennonite faith practices and their sense of...

  • Shop Til you drop

    Shipshewana's Flea market is the 10th biggest flea market in the united states. With over 100+ shops open all year 'round. Many open till 6.

  • Shop in Shipshewana

    Shipshewana is definitely a good place to spend a day or two. The scenery is beautiful and comfortable. We will be back!

  • Shop for food or furniture - all A +...

    Continue down State Road 5 and you will see The Antique Gallery. With over 100 vendors this is not your "flea market" mall. This well-lit, clean facility has over 100 vendors and is over 31,000 square feet in size. The coffee is always on in this quality antique store. Right across the street is the Auction and Flea Market. We were there in...


Shipshewana Hotels

  • The Van Buren Hotel at Shipshewana

    1175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana Indiana 46565, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Splash Universe, Shipshewana, IN

    800 South Van Buren St, Shipshewana, Indiana, 46565, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Farmstead Inn

    370 S Van Buren St., Shipshewana, Indiana, 46565, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Shipshewana Restaurants

  • Amish "Family" Restaurant

    Hope you're hungry!Choose a family style dinner (where it's all you can eat chicken, pot roast, ham and all the fixins and they bring everyting out in bowls, for everyone at the table) or order right from the menu. The food was incredibly delicious, with some of the best stuffing I've ever had. We opted for the pot roast. Wonderfully juicy and...

  • In nearby Middlebury

    Last visit August 2010Whenever we make the 2 hour trek out to Shipshewana, we head over to Essenhaus in nearby Middlebury for their Amish family style lunch. We recently also had visited Zehnder's in Frankenmuth Michigan which is the same style of food, Essenhaus is SO much better!After you are done with your meal, you can go next door to the...

  • Wonderful Pizza!

    I just ate at this new restaurant Pizzeria Venturi. I didn't even know it exists, but we just happened to walk past it on our way to the Pampered Pet Boutique on Morton Street. They have wonderful outdoor seating: a deck with gorgeous flowers, tables with umbrellas, and a lovely pond with a waterfall. We decided to order the pesto pizza at the...


Shipshewana Shopping

  • Antiques and nik-naks

    New shop, with lots of variety. Postcards, kitchen utensils, quality furniture and easy access. Large selection of old prints from large size magazines and maps. Most prices are within reason. One postcard booth had $1.00 postcards (good price) but they were not sorted.

  • Amish country shopping

    When I visit with my husband, he is never interested in going into any of the shops so this was the 1st time I had ever been into anything besides the shop next to the restaurant at Essenhaus. There are six additional shops selling items for the home, clothes, and gifts plus a store selling beautiful (and expensive!) handmade quilts and supplies to...

  • Everything in one place

    Best described as a bit of everything from Amish Country. This modern 3-story building houses nearly a dozen different stores, each with it's own unique merchandise. The main floor includes a restaurant that is always busy and popcorn with carmel smells.


Shipshewana Local Customs

  • Dolls without faces

    As we were browsing through one of the gift shops, Jo noticed that the dolls didn't have any faces. The clerk at the shop explained to us that it was connected with the Amish not liking their photos taken and the idea that a face on a doll would be a graven image.But I found an alternate explanation that suggested that it was just a custom on the...

  • Don't take pictures of the Amish

    I've read a couple of different explanations as to why the Amish do not like to have their photo taken. The first explanation is based on the 2nd Commandment, "Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven image, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven or in the earth beneath." Another explanation says it has more to do with idolatry, that what is...

  • Please be respectful of the...

    Please be respectful of the Amish and their religious beliefs, do not take any pictures of their faces. This is forbidden in their culture. It would be the same as if someone came to your town and forced you to take part in something you felt was wrong.


Shipshewana Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dabs Written Feb 7, 2004

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    The Amish do not use motorized vehicles and you will see them on the roads with their horse and buggy. So be sure to drive slowly and watch out for them.

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Shipshewana Tourist Traps

  • There's no other person that sells this...

    Don't ever believe a vender when they say that there the only one that sell that item. When shopping at a flea market of this size don't ever set your eye's on an exact item. Shop around first and if you can't find any thing else that suits you then go ahead and buy it. But alway's shop around. Go to as many vendors possiable. You will find that...

  • There's no other person that sells this...

    Don't ever believe a vender when they say that there the only one that sell that item. When shopping at a flea market of this size don't ever set your eye's on an exact item. Shop around first and if you can't find any thing else that suits you then go ahead and buy it. But alway's shop around. Go to as many vendors possiable. You will find that...

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Shipshewana Favorites

  • Amish Country visitor guide

    Before you head out to Amish Country, you might want to have a look at the online visitors guide which you can print out before leaving home. You can also pick one up once you get to Shipshewana, we saw them at Mennohof and I imagine they have them at other locations as well.

  • Old town charm

    Take a walk around town. Hostetler's is the largest of the remaining historic structures. Morton Street contains an eclectic grouping of stores, shops, and houses, catering to the visitors every interest. Arts, woodworking, sweets, baked goods, and a vew B&B's dot the street. Even in you're not into shopping, this is a pleasant respite from the...

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