The 1920s, the Future of Farming and a Faith-Based Experience in South Shore, Indiana

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South Shore Itinerary At A Glance

Begin your journey in the 1920s along historic Cedar Lake, Chicago’s playground. The Museum at Lassen’s Resort and The Dewey Line Steamboat Ride take you back to the Roaring ’20s. At Fair Oaks Farms glance into the future at what farming will look like and how the world will be fed. The amazing Shrine of Christ’s Passion is an experience of a lifetime. Along your way you’ll enjoy tasty dining and snacking options.

You’ll experience these great activities and more:

The Dewey Line Steamboat Ride is an authentic 1915 steamboat

Fair Oaks Farms is a 2018 ABA Best of the Best

Albanese Candy Factory is where the world’s best gummies have been crafted for 40 years

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Region: Midwest

Category: History and Heritage

Length: 3 Days

Suitable for: Families

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South Shore Indiana

South Shore Day-to-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in South Shore, Indiana

Begin your South Shore experience at The Museum at Lassen’s Resort and discover how Cedar Lake enriched the region and touched countless lives. Step into the 1920’s Lassen’s Resort Hotel for an experience that’s filled with creative, fun exhibits sure to capture your imagination.

Departing from the pier at Lassen’s Resort you’ll experience steam on The Dewey Line Steamboat Ride. The authentic 1915 steamboat offers guided tours sharing the past life on the lake that during the 1920s boated more than 50 resorts. There are four historic routes highlighting northern resorts, southern resorts, Monon railroad route and a combination of all four.

Check in at your South Shore host hotel.

Dinner tonight is at Teibel’s Restaurant, Northwest Indiana’s premier family restaurant serving the same homecooked goodness for more than 90 years.

DAY 2 Have Fun at a Farm

Begin your day at Fair Oaks Farms a 2018 ABA Best of the Best. There is more than one adventure awaiting your group. The Crop Adventure begins in the Garden at Fair Oaks Farm and reminds us that one of every three bites we take is created with the help of pollination. You’ll take a look at the future of farming and go deep underground and view life from a bug’s perspective. Meet Diva Mooreau in The Dairy Adventure. The 4D movie welcomes you to Diva’s world on the farm. Stemmie’s Lab is a virtual reality experience to top off the Dairy Adventure.

Take a break for lunch. The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms has unparalleled hospitality and food made with ingredients sourced on their farm or farms in the region.

There’s one more adventure to discover. Last, but certainly not least is The Pig Adventure a modern practices of a working pig farm. Learn all about the magnificent pig.

In Merrillville a must stop is ChicagoLand Popcorn with more than 250 varieties of gourmet popcorns. Group tours are welcomed with a memorable popcorn sampling.

If one snack stop is good, two must be great. There’s no disappointment at Albanese Candy Factory where the world’s best gummies have been crafted for 40 years. There are also samples of their delicious chocolates available.

Dinner tonight will be at Four Corners Winery & Gathering Place, a rustic and beautiful setting.  Your tasteful dinner and wine pairing make for a delightful evening.

DAY 3 Feed the Bison 

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John is a not to be missed group favorite. Forty life size bronze sculptures placed in a tranquil garden setting tell the story of the crucifixion and resurrection with music and an audio presentation. Recently completed, one of the newest features of The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is Moses and Mount Sinai. Music, voice overs, lighting and sound effects enhance the experience for visitors. Opened May 2022, Our Lady of Guadalupe Plaza has become a favorite of visitors. A limited number of club cars with guides are available by reservation. Do allow time for the expansive gift shop.

Box lunches can be ordered from nearby restaurants. Outdoor seating is available weather permitting. 

Nearby Morocco also offers an opportunity to view the Bison at Kankakee Sands. From 23 bison introduced in 2016 by the Nature Conservatory, the herd has grown to more than 90. A viewing area slightly above elevation provides a natural platform for viewing these magnificent animals.

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