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The South Bend River Lights are the freshest and most bright expansion to our region’s attractions. Shading sprinkles from intelligent light models on both sides of the stream, enlightening the headwaters of the East Race Waterway, joined with a third figure spotlighting the impeccable “Attendant of the Fire” statue. Together the establishment makes a constantly changing masterpiece that gives energetic new life to South Bend’s most prominent characteristic asset.
South Bend is the known for being the fourth biggest city in the condition of Indiana, and for being a sensational and assorted area of the Midwest. Considering that South Bend is awesome for families, singles, or gatherings going by the zone, and whether guests like to be dynamic or relax, there are decisions that reach from white water rafting to comfortable walks around eccentric craftsmanship displays, so whatever your mind-set or spending you will surely discover something to arouse your advantage.
Things to do in South Bend:
The Notre Dame campus
Notre Dame is known not only for its high profile research courses, incredibly competitive sports teams and huge number of successful alumni, but for the beauty of its architecture and the history of its campus. Part of the campus was initially built in the mid-1800s and, by the end of the century, it had numerous building including many libraries, dormitory halls and chapels. In addition to the historical buildings, the university has plenty of green areas perfect for an afternoon walk or a morning jog . If you go during the summer, you will pretty much feel like you’re in your own private yard with most of the college students gone. The campus was named one of the most beautiful colleges in the United States by Travel and Leisure Magazine, so definitely stop by if you’re in South Bend!
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame
If you are into architecture, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will knock your socks off (even if you’ve been to Rome or Paris!). This historical church combines the neo-classical style typical of the 1800s with beautiful murals and more than one hundred stained glass windows, handmade with over one thousand individual panels. The decorations in the altar are made of bronze, and most of the art in the Basilica was brought from France and Italy when the church was built in 1888. Also, the bell tower stands at 218 feet and is the tallest one in the country.
Attend a Notre Dame football game
It’s time to check out the ‘Fighting Irish!’ While you might have to plan this day trip from Chicago a little while in advance in order to get tickets to a game, attending a University of Notre Dame football game is definitely an experience any sport fan would not want to miss. Notre Dame is a Division I school, which means they compete at the highest level in college sports, and its football team is one of the best in the country! Also, you can make a day of it by arriving at the stadium early to experience the whole game package: tailgating, beer, hot dogs, beer, face painting, more beer, etc.
South Bend’s downtown
Just walking around downtown South Bend, you might stumble across some of the coolest activities in the city. The breathtaking view of the St. Joseph River, that stretches northeast of the city offers much more than sightseeing.
In the spring and summer, it is not uncommon to see adventurers rafting or kayaking on the East Race Waterway, the part of the river that borders the downtown area. The South Bend Parks and Recreation Department offers white water rafting and kayaking on the weekends for both experienced and beginner rafters. For those who aren’t scared of getting soaked under the Indiana sun, this is a great midday activity to consider. And for those not so into adventure, the walkway along the river stretches for five miles, so you can have a picnic while viewing the water sports or even just take a nap under a tree.
The Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend is a state landmark. The theater was built at the beginning of the 1920s and is famous for hosting national touring Broadway shows like Mamma Mia and Book of Mormon, and top-notch singers and bands. Throughout the years, the South Bend stage has welcomed legends such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, and most recently stars like B.B. King, Aerosmith and Bob Dylan. Also, each December the South Bend Dance Theater performs The Nutcracker at the Morris.
Eat, eat, and eat some more downtown
Like most suburban towns, South Bend has plenty of traditional eateries that have become local institutions over time, and here is a selection of the best ones!
The South Bend Chocolate Cafe is probably the best example of a local business that has grown and evolved into a to-go spot for locals and visitors. The cafe is a branch of the South Bend Chocolate Company, a chocolatier that first opened in 1991. But don’t let the name fool you! The cafe, that now has five locations in town, offers much more than just truffles. The selection for breakfast includes muffins, bagels, sandwiches and a many many options for coffee, tea and other soft drinks; there are salads, soups and sandwiches for lunch and many desserts and sweet and savory threats, perfect for the mid-afternoon, like cheesecake, croissants and cakes. And of course, they have truffles too and dark chocolate sea salt caramels, caramel pecan turtles, butter toffee, pecan clusters, fudge, chocolate covered pretzels.
Weather in South Bend:
Most of us don’t consider the weather beyond how it dictates the clothes we put on our backs. But weather can affect more than just our outfits. It impacts our daily lives and wallets in often under-considered ways, ranging from total monthly energy bills and local infrastructure costs to commute times and insurance premiums. Even further, it can also affect our moods, productivity and earning potential.
In the United States, routine weather events such as rain and colder-than-average temperatures can cost the economy as much as $485 billion annually. An inch of snow in Washington, DC, for instance, will force the federal government to shut down all nonessential operations. And those effects are just from small weather changes.
To gauge the economic impact of severe weather, let’s examine how Hurricane Sandy reshaped employment in New Jersey: In the fourth quarter of 2012, the storm contributed to a 7.3 percent reduction in total jobs. That November, 138,000 people filed for unemployment, a remarkable increase from only 54,000 in November 2011.
With hurricane season upon us and as many Americans relocate in search of new opportunities, WalletHub ranked 600 of the largest cities in the United States based on two sets of weather conditions: one for lovers of mild weather year-round and another for lovers of individual seasons. We used nine key metrics such as humidity, precipitation and snowfall as well as odds of poor and extreme weather. In doing so, consumers can forecast the potential effects their location could have on their wallets and adequately weatherproof their finances against the elements. Check out the Methodology section below for more detailed information on how we ranked each city.
South Bend and cities nearby are located in the vicinity of Lake Michigan . This proximity and geographic position relative to one of the Great Lakes directly impacts the total amount of winter snowfall they receive.
During winter northerly and northwesterly winds occur frequently in this region. As Lake Michigan is oriented primarily north to south, winter winds from Canada travel the entire length of this lake. Moisture is evaporated from the surface of unfrozen Lake Michigan into this southward moving air mass as it approaches Indiana .
As the moisture laden winds contact the colder land surface at the southern tip of Lake Michigan , this air mass quickly cools and loses its capacity to hold this quantity of moisture. After enough cooling has occurred, the excess moisture is released as snowfall. This usually occurs in Indiana counties bordering Lake Michigan and is especially common in and around the city of South Bend . This entire process is referred to by meteorologists and climatologists as the “lake effect”.
Over the course of a winter season the accumulated differences in snowfall between this region and those to the south in Indiana are remarkable, as much as a 40 to 50 inch difference in total snowfall.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit South Bend, United States of America is during the months of May through September.