To complement the vibrancy of the downtown area, South Bend also hosts an array of places and spaces for the outdoor enthusiast. From the long, winding river that gave South Bend its name to beautiful county parks, there is much to experience outdoors in South Bend.
The St. Joseph River not only sets a beautiful picture for scenery in South Bend, but serves as an excellent river to fish for trout and salmon. The lengthy river is also used for canoeing and kayaking. For the more adventurous, located in the heart of downtown South Bend, lies the East Race Waterway. The East Race Waterway is the first man-made whitewater course in North America with Colordao River-like rapids and waves that can reach heights of up to six feet. The water level and whitewater turbulence can actually be manipulated with controls. Whitewater rafting offers a unique experience for both inexperienced and experienced people. It also offers an excellent opportunity for a teambuilding event! For those less likely to get out on the water, there are miles and miles of paved walking and running paths that lie adjacent to the river--perfect for bicycling, running or walking.
Beyond the St. Joseph River, South Bend also hosts a wide range of city- and county-owned parks. Each park features unique amenities that include disc golf, skating rinks, volleyball courts, restroom facilities, tennis courts, playgrounds, pavilions, softball fields and more.
Read more about the St. Joseph River
To see the complete list of city-owned parks, click here.
To see the list of county parks, click here.
To learn about the South Bend River Lights, click here.
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Visit the Moreau Center for the Arts - Located on the Saint Mary's Campus, the center houses the Little Theatre, Moreau Art Galleries, and O'Laughlin Auditorium. Patrons can enjoy national touring productions, prominent lecturers, and student products each year.
Visit the Morris Performing Arts Center - Nationally top ranked, the theater hosts a variety of performances including symphony, dance, national touring musical concerts, comedians, and Broadway touring performances.
Visit the South Bend Civic Theatre - This community theatre company performs more than a dozen productions annually.
Visit the South Bend Museum of Art - Works on view include historical Indiana artist and contemporary works in all media by artists from South Bend and beyond.
See the South Bend Symphony Orchestra - Michiana's premier professional orchestra, the South Bend Symphony engages the community in the exploration of orchestral music in all its forms.