Enjoy our city parks
Downtown Elkhart is uniquely beautiful with the convergence of the little Elkhart and the St. Joseph Rivers at Island Park. Lush green spaces, tall shade trees, imaginative sculptures, and the Nibco water and Ice Park, all connected by the Riverwalk, allow one to meander from one to another until your heart’s content. And that’s just the beginning.
Enjoy our city parks
Downtown Elkhart is uniquely beautiful with the convergence of the little Elkhart and the St. Joseph River’s at Island Park. Lush green spaces, tall shade trees, imaginative sculptures, and the Nibco water and Ice Park, all connected by the Riverwalk, allow one to meander from one to another until your heart’s content. And that’s just the beginning.
Nibco Water & Ice Park
It wouldn’t be winter without a spin around one of Downtown Elkhart’s most celebrated treasures. Lace your skates and enjoy this remarkable outdoor facility that features a path and rink for ice skating. Here you’ll find many visitors alike swirling and twirling, enjoying their ice skating experience while the beautiful landscape and Elkhart River serve as a unique backdrop. Get a hot cup of something delicious and keep cozy in the warming facility. In the summer, the Water & Ice Park serves as a splash pad where you can bring the kiddos to run and play – and most importantly – cool off!
Island Park is a beautiful green space. In the summer you are likely to see river turtles sunbathing on the rocks and ducks with a string of ducklings floating behind them. Island Park is a great place to take your friends for a weekend cookout, or bring the entire family for a reunion and utilize its many amenities: a gazebo, a bandstand, a picnic area with charcoal grills, a playground, and a sand volleyball court. It’s always an excellent place to walk, run, or bike, with a paved trail encompassing the island.
In the heart of Downtown Elkhart, Central Park is an excellent place to gather. This gorgeous green space features rolling hills, a beautifully maintained quilt garden, picnic tables, and a view of the river. The epicenter of many Elkhart festivals and events, there is always something going on in Central Park!
River Walk Culture Trail
A winding waterside path connects the Garden and Arts & Entertainment Districts with a leisurely stroll lined with quilt gardens, sculptures, and welcoming green spaces. Browse boutique shops, or stop in for lunch at one of the many fabulous Riverwalk restaurants, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings.
Always Something To Do
Monthly Artwalks, theatre performances, museums, and festivals abound. Cultural amenities of all types await you in Downtown Elkhart. Get inspired at the Midwest Museum of American Art, and experience the best of the performing arts live at the historic Lerner Theatre and the Crystal Ballroom. Delight the entire family with a journey to the National New York Central Railroad Museum. Retreat into an imaginary life-like world with a visit to the Virtual Reality Lounge. Take a leisurely walk along the picturesque Riverwalk or relax in Central Park. Even the beautifully preserved architecture of the Downtown is a sight to see!