Though free entertaiment is sort of at a minimum, during the daylight hours South Bend provides and interesting "Urban Excursion" There are still several historic buildings to see, including the newly renovated Morris Performaning Arts Center, and the ajoining ball room. Several Musuems ($) the parks (free) attractions like The Silver Hawks Stadium ($), Football hall of fame($) and numerous riverwalks (free).
Not a very impressive sight though, to the seasoned traveler, or former residents, it is tolerable overall for a brief visit. BUT it has an undue share of unpleasant aspects for such a small city. Rampant crime, an unfriendly attitude, and an overall feel of neglect to name a few..
I can't really recommend a casual visit.. GO IN WITH A PURPOSE.. ET out as cleanly and safely as possible.
Fondest memory: I miss hanging out at the Planter's Peanut Store on Michigan St. and smelling the peanuts roasting, samples at the Fannie May Candy Shop, Drinking a fountain Coke at Kressge's, Riding the escalator at Robertson's, A trip to Innwoods to look at crocks and corks... Sadly none of these things from my childhood remain. So I guess I'l just say I miss South Bend. :(
In 2007 I went on the "Dumpster Tour South Bend".. comonnoly known as DTSB
Its where the businesses go..
Fannie May and Van Horne left via this route and found themselves mysteriously transported to a Magikal New World know as Heritage Square, MIshawaka.. A place that looks like a Movie Set downtown from the Ghost Whisperer
Ok, let's talk about weather in Michiana. Summer is pretty even. The weather in winter, however, can vary greatly by moving just a few miles thank to a little body of water we call Lake Michigan. The lake has a huge impact on winter weather in northern Indiana. South Bend/Mishawaka are right in the heart of the lake effect favored area that includes La Porte and Michigan City to the west. The eastern edge of Elkhart and most of Goshen are often spared the major lake effect snow storms. It is not uncommon for one area to have a foot or more of snow while another area a few miles away is snowless and sunny.
January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 23 degrees Farenheit. The average high is 31 and the average low is 16. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 73 degrees Farenheit. The average high is 83 and the average low is 63. These are just averages. it is not uncommon to see winter temperatures drop below zero and summer days top 90 or even 100 degrees, although these extremes rarely last for very long.
June is the wettest month with over 4 inches of rain and February is the driest, although precipitation is pretty evenly spread through the year. South Bend averages over 76 inches of snow a year but it can vary greatly. Some years see only 20 or 30 inches will others see over 100 inches.
Fondest memory: Here is a shot of the Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame. It is made out of real gold! The dome serves as a symbol for the campus and is not to be missed if you're visiting the campus. It is located in the heart of the campus.
Favorite thing: The University of Notre Dame's administration building is a beautiful sight. It is caped with a golden shining dome. Actually it is the third administration building of Notre Dame's history - and surely the most impressive. The first one was too small and it was torn down. The second one was destroyed in disastrous fire, when almost all the university's buildings burned down in 1879. After the fire the new and still existing administration building was built.
Fondest memory: The University of Notre Dame makes up a big part of South Bend people's lives, from the popular Notre Dame football, to a variety of university and non-university sponsored activities on campus. Some non-university sponsored activities include car and RV shows, food and clothing drives, etc. Most of the excitement in South Bend usually comes from Notre Dame.
Favorite thing: Built in 1971, this is the tallest building in South Bend. A mixture of office space and hotel rooms (12 floors of Holiday Inn rooms), it is also downright ugly.
Watch a Notre Dame football game.
Fondest memory: I remember going to the games but I can't find many pictures. I'm still a big ND fan!