Top 10 Reasons to Visit DeKalb County, Indiana in 2020

Dekalb County, Indiana, is a thriving destination that offers a wide variety of activities and attractions for all ages. It’s astounding how much the county has grown over the years and continues to grow!

We can think of hundreds of reasons to visit DeKalb County, Indiana, but that list would take days to read! Instead, we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 10 Reasons why DeKalb County should be on your visit list for 2020.


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Trails and Recreation

There a many benefits to running or walking outdoors; there's the fresh air, the scenic views of nature, and of course, the health benefits of just being outside. Not only does DeKalb County have outdoor trails to run on but a launch site for kayaking and canoeing. Whether you're a visitor or a resident, there are plenty of reasons to come and visit our trails! 


Did somebody say wine?! We are home to three award-winning wineries that each present a unique experience. Why stop at one – when you can keep the party going and visit all three: Byler Lane, Country Heritage, and Hartland! Visit our website for more wining and dining in #VisitDekalbin! 

We also recommend experiencing Auburn's newest wine bar called "White Oak Wine Cafe." Here, you can try a variety of wines, charcuterie, and other types of food and drink to satisfy your palate. 


Sechler's Pickles 

Add the Pickles! Head to the small town of St. Joe, Indiana, where pickles reign supreme. Take a tour of the Sechler's Pickle Factory that was featured on Cooking Channel's Unwrapped and then stock up on all your favorites in their onsite shop. (Factory tours are seasonal April - October)



Don't forget when you visit your first museum, ask the front desk for your Museum Passport which gets you a discount at each of the museums.


Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum 

Cruise the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and head to where the tradition all started. The ACD Museum has the most significant and extensive collection of Auburn Cord and Duesenberg automobiles in the world. Experience the passion from this significant era as you step back through time and walk the same hallowed hallways as the automotive giants of the early 1930s.



National Auto and Truck Museum 

The National Auto and Truck Museum is located in one of the original Auburn Automobile Company's buildings and sits just behind the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. This building was constructed by E.L. Cord to assemble the L-29 Cord Car, and designers used the lower level for the development of experimental vehicles. The museum proudly presents over 190 pre and post-war cars and trucks; prototype vehicles, vintage gas and oil pumps, muscle cars, and even a real 1946 diner. And, it's home of the very rare GM Futurliner #10 (out of only 12 produced)



Early Ford V-8 Museum

The Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum takes you back in time to catch a glimpse of life in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. The museum specializes in Ford Motor Company vehicles made between 1932 and 1953, including Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, commercial vehicles, tractors, and Ford Industrial engines. You'll find artifacts, memorabilia, technical displays, literature, and some of the cars that honor the Ford Motor Company and its influence on automotive and American history. You can't miss the towering Ford Rotunda replica either!


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Don't forget to take a selfie at one of the many murals in downtown Auburn while you're out shopping! 


Need a new outfit? Something new for your house? We have a growing list of boutiques and shops filled with clothing, jewelry, home decor, original art pieces, and more. Downtown Auburn is growing quickly, but don't miss our other great shops around the County. Don't worry, you can find them all listed on our website.



Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Festival

Considered one of the world's greatest classic car show and festival, the ACD festival has been occurring in Auburn, Indiana, for the last 62 years. Whether your interest is in collections, classic cars, swap meets, parades, or live music, the festival has it all! People from around the world come annually to experience this great week before Labor Day tradition! 


Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

This 12-acre maze, located in Waterloo, Indiana, is considered one of the largest mazes in Northeast Indiana. Each year features a new maze design along with an events area, including games, slides, and other family fun activities! This fun fall event is held annually from mid-September through October.

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DeKalb County Free Fall Fair 

Grab a donut at one of the largest street fairs in the state!  The DeKalb County Free Fall Fair is one of the most popular street fairs in NE Indiana and features free concerts, games, rides, industrial tent, and 4-H Fair activities. It always begins on the 4th Monday of each September.