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South Bend

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Universities & Schools · History Museums · Churches

Popular things to do in South Bend

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Church
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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University / School
University of Notre Dame
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Studebaker National Museum
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 318,586 and Combined Statistical Area of 721,296. It is the fourth-largest city in Indiana, serving as the economic and cultural hub of Northern Indiana. The highly ranked University of Notre Dame is located just to the north in unincorporated Notre Dame, Indiana and is an integral contributor to the region's economy.The area was originally settled in the early 19th century by fur traders and was established as a city in 1865. The St. Joseph River shaped South Bend's economy through the mid-20th century. River access assisted heavy industrial development such as that of the Studebaker Corporation, the Oliver Chilled Plow Company, and other large corporations.The population of South Bend declined after 1960, when it had a peak population of 132,445. This was chiefly due to migration to suburban areas as well as the demise of Studebaker and other heavy industry. Today, the largest industries in South Bend are health care, education, small business, and tourism. Remaining large corporations include Crowe Horwath, Honeywell, and AM General. To personalize your trip to South Bend, create itinerary details specific to you using our United States trip app.

Side trips from South Bend

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Zoo
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Fort Wayne
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Theme Park
Nelis' Dutch Village Holland
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Oval Beach Saugatuck
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Windmill Island Gardens Holland
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in South Bend

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History Museum
The History Museum
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Art Museum
The Snite Museum of Art
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Warren Golf Course
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Walking Area
River Lights Plaza
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in South Bend

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Park
Seitz Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Howard Park
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Century Center Convention Center
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Park
St. Patrick's County Park
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in South Bend

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Farmers Market
Purple Porch Co-op
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Flea Market
South Bend Farmer's Market
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in South Bend

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Art Museum
South Bend Museum of Art
3.0
Duration: 2 hours

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