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Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum Open House

May 18 @ 1:00 pm — May 18 @ 3:00 pm
1013 North Long Drive, Syracuse, IN, 46567

This special open house event celebrates the official opening of the “Dawn of Archaeology” display of over 700 Native American artifacts from the collection of J.P. Dolan. This newly designed display highlights various aspects of the collection, including the link behind Eli Lilly’s interests in the field of archaeology. The museum will be open during … Continued

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Fall Color Tour on the SS Lilypad

October 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm — October 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Note: This event has already passed
SS Lilypad, Syracuse, 46567

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum partners with Chautauqua Wawasee providing a “Then & Now” boat tour as you leisurely cruise the lake, pointing out some historical landmarks and helping us to imagine what the lake once looked like while enjoying the fall colors on Lake Wawasee. The SS Lilypad will board at 1:30pm, departing The Frog … Continued

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It’s not difficult to entertain your group in Kosciusko County—whether you’re searching for full-day itineraries, evening activities or ideas to extend your stay. Here, you feel energized just stepping out into the fresh lakeside air. Add to that our hundreds of activities, festivals, shops, museums and restaurants, and your group is certain to reclaim their health and happiness in Indiana’s Kosciusko County.

We offer a vast array of outdoor activities, many of them based on or around over 100 natural lakes. Enjoy a boat cruise on one of the three boat rides we have to offer in the county.  Take a cruise on Webster Lake on the Dixie Boat or set sail on Lake Wawasee on the Oakwood Tour Boat or the S.S. Lillypad.

Or your group might want to head out on a team-building game of frisbee in the park, fishing expedition or golf tournament. Take to our wooded trails on foot or bicycle. Or simply enjoy the beautiful landscapes of our many parks and nature preserves.

Indoors, the adventure continues as you journey through museums and re-live interesting moments from our past. From the artifacts at the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum and the well-preserved home of the Billy Sunday Historic Site to the Old Jail Museum and the helicopter at the Lawrence Bell Museum our history will intrigue and delight you.

Your group is sure to enjoy browsing among the country charm, artisan handiwork and unique treasures of our one-of-a-kind shops. Whether you prefer to poke around Pierceton’s many antique dealers, explore the six microclimates of the Warsaw Biblical Gardens. or visit the artisan studios of the Village at Winona, there’s no shortage of opportunities to shop until you drop.

Round out a day full of memorable moments with some exciting evening entertainment. The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts presents a theater-in-the-round experience that like no other—you are never more than 10 rows from center stage!


Spring Break Adventures

Syracuse Community Center, Syracuse Museum, Spring Break Adventure

Spring Break is just around the corner! If your bunch is counting down the days until school is out, get ready to hop in the car and plan a trip to Kosciusko County. Escape into the great outdoors, learn about Hoosier history and chow down on some tasty eats. You won’t be able to wait … Continued

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ML Motorsports

Kosciusko County’s only hometown NASCAR team was founded in 1999 and has quickly developed into one of the most successful teams in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. In the five-year tenure with ARCA, the team and its No. 67 car have earned five Top 5 ARCA RE/MAX Series Driver Championships and five Top 10 Owner Championships.

A future in the NASCAR Busch Series for this hometown team is just beginning as ML Motorsports flies with the pedal to the metal with up and coming driver Justin Diercks and the No. 70 car.

For more information on ML Motorsports, call (574) 858-2596 or email Christie Smith at

The Barbee Hotel

In the roaring ’20s, gangsters Al Capone and John Dillinger used the Barbee Hotel as a hangout. While some claim the ghost of one of their female victims haunts the hotel and can still be heard moaning from her fatal gunshot wound, others say Dillinger himself still stays in Room 316. Whatever spirits may lurk there have made the Barbee Hotel one of the most famous local haunts.

Today, The Barbee Hotel remains a fully functioning hotel and restaurant with some of the best food and entertainment around.

For more information on the Barbee as well as information on the historical “Al Capone Dinner Show” contact Mary Kittrell at the Kosciusko County CVB, 800-800-6090,

City-County Athletic Complex

The place to be in the summer months is at the City-County Athletic Complex, where the competition is intense from the eight softball diamonds to the many soccer fields. Leagues and tournaments for men, women and youth consume the CCAC’s summer season, but watch for more exciting sports venues to develop at the county’s only sports complex.

The CCAC is one of Northern Indiana’s premiere sports complex with over 20 regional and state tournaments utilizing this facility each year.

Ready, Set, Camp!

Kosciusko County is home to many camps for both children and adults. Whether seeking spiritual guidance or an opportunity to develop young people’s social skills, this is the place to be.

Camp Alexander Mack, Waubee Lake, Milford: Residential and day camp for ages 8-18. Arts and crafts, canoeing, kayaking, religion, sailing, softball, basketball, boating, dance, drama, drawing, hiking and music.

Camp Ella J. Logan, Dewart Lake, Syracuse: Girls only, ages 7-17 years. Horse and aquatics programs, archery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boating, drama, fishing, hiking and team sports.

Camp Crosley, Lake Tippecanoe, North Webster: Christian-based residential and/or day camp for ages 7-17 years. Equestrian and sports camp, archery, drama, horseback riding, sailing, swimming, arts, photography, team sports, etc.

Tippecanoe Camp and Retreat Center: Co-ed residential or day camp for ages 6-18 years. Christian based, camping skills, leadership, environmental studies, team sports, archery, boating, challenge rope courses, etc.

Warsaw Biblical Gardens

Herbs, flowers, trees and plants of the Bible have come to life in this beautiful setting in Warsaw’s Center Lake Park. A peaceful stream flows through the gardens where meditation is possible and the tranquility of a holy place is all consuming. Open dawn to dusk from April 15 through Oct. 15 each year, the Biblical Gardens is the perfect backdrop for weddings or a peaceful stroll.

Central Park

Whether it’s a day at the beach, a game of tennis or basketball or a playground outing with the kids you seek, Center Lake Park has it all. From the sandy shores to the grassy yard where a brand new entertainment stage has already welcomed country music superstar Chris Cagle, it’s here where great things await.

Located in the heart of Warsaw, the park is where thousands of Christmas lights and hundreds of holiday displays light up the winter skies. It is also here where community festivals and events are held throughout the year, and it is home to the Biblical Gardens and other gorgeous gardens filled with bright blooms.

Picnic facilities, shelters and a pavilion are also available to the public for small parties or large gatherings.


Arrowheads are still sometimes found in the fields of Kosciusko County. It is here where Indian chiefs settled their tribes and it is here where their memories have remained, buried in time.

Through Kosciusko County’s many museums, the rich history of the land, its people and its evolution through time and generations have been well documented and preserved.

The Old Jail Museum, Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Billy Sunday Historical Site Museum, Pound Store Museum, Reneker Museum of Winona History, and even the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum offer glimpses into days and people long forgotten, but still credited for the rich culture their legacy has provided.

Culinary Attractions

Of all the history and charm of Kosciusko County, there is perhaps no greater charm than in feasting on a fine meal. Breakfast, lunch and dinners of all sizes and varieties are abundant here. Sure we have the mass amounts of common chain eateries, but it is the out-of-the-way, one-of-a-kind restaurants that will serve the finest cuisines.

Seeking something with an international flair? Chinese, sushi and Mediterranean-style restaurants are plentiful here, as are Chicago-style hot dogs, seafood specialties and even Greek restaurants.

With over 100 lakes in our county one of specialties is lakeside dinning. Enjoy beautiful lake scenery, while you experience great food and wonderful service at one of our many lakeside restaurants. And don’t forget that beautiful sunset waiting for you to enjoy.

The selection of steaks and chicken are also unbeatable, all you have to do is ask any of the locals for suggestions and directions! Call the Kosciusko County CVB at (800) 800-6090.

Unique Accommodations

Because there are so many places to visit and things to see and do, it is no surprise that great lodging facilities also exist in this county of more than 100 lakes.

From the trés elegante Ramada Plaza Hotel and Entertainment Complex to the exquisite Oakwood Inn and Conference Center, the family-friendly chain hotels and the small, off the beaten path lake resorts, finding a place to rest one’s weary bones and get revitalized for yet another day of fun and adventure is never difficult.

For a complete listing of hotels and motels in Kosciusko County, call the Kosciusko County CVB at (800) 800-6090.

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