I have lived in South Bend, Indiana my whole life. I know you're thinking, “I'm so sorry," but it's actually a great place. There is plenty to do and see in the city and it’s impossible to get bored here. You just have to know where to look!
South Bend is home to plenty of fabulous coffee shops, most of which I frequent. The best is Main Street Coffee House, and I spend much of my time here drinking espressos. If you’re not a fan of coffee, we also have a variety of well-liked “juice bars.”
For all you sports fans out there, South Bend won't disappoint. Notre Dame is always hosting a game or two, whether you're in the mood for volleyball or basketball. And the entire city comes alive during each home football game at Notre Dame. Go Irish! And although we don't have any major leagues, our Silver Hawks have a high ranking in the Minor Leagues. Most games even have a follow-up fireworks show at the Coveleski Stadium, or as the locals know it, "The Cove.” So stop in for some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and a visit from the Hawks' mascot, Swoop!
Of course, the main attraction of South Bend is the Golden Dome. Painted with real gold, the Golden Dome is one of Notre Dame's biggest claims to fame. I am lucky enough to live five minutes away from campus (a fact that has impressed many out-of-state fans). Notre Dame is definitely an attribute to our community.
One of the more child-focused things to do in the city is visit the Potawatomi Zoo. Our zoo is the oldest in the state of Indiana. It's not the biggest zoo out there, but the new otter exhibit is worth a visit! And even though I'm almost 18, I still feed the goats in the petting zoo every chance I get. And did I mention the pony rides?
Downtown South Bend is a center for activities, hosting a variety of festivals and fairs every year. There is never a shortage of things to do downtown, from exotic salsa dancing lessons to meandering down the East Race. The East Race Waterway is both a scenic walkway and an intense kayaking course for the more adventuresome. Sometimes there’s even live music being played, giving the audience a chance to dance the night away along the river.
South Bend is also home to the "World Largest Chocolate Shop," a fact that I am reluctant to believe. I frequent the cafe on many occasions and it just doesn’t feel anywhere near to the "world's largest." Despite this, the South Bend Chocolate Cafe definitely makes the World's Best Hot Chocolate. Maybe they should advertise that instead?
If you're already downtown, I recommend visiting the Morris Performing Arts Center. This theatre houses different forms of entertainment for just about anybody, including operas, concerts, plays, and Broadway musicals.
Of course, along with all the highlights, there are plenty of recreational parks, theatres, bowling alleys, malls, and restaurants. South Bend may not be the biggest city, but there are plenty of exciting things to do here. Trust me!
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