Best Things to do in South Bend - By a Local

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Parks & Beaches

Silver Beach in St. Joseph, MI

The coolest beach in the area and our personal go-to. It is worth the 45 minute drive to experience the Michigan beach town. While you are there, eat at Silver Beach Pizza. It’s the best pizza and coolest dining experience in the area!

Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, MI

Giant sand dunes with amazing views over Lake Michigan. You can also walk up stream into the clay pits. Supposedly rubbing the clay on your body is good for your skin. Or just beach it up and swim in the lake!


Food &/or Drinks

Michoacan Supermarket/Restaurant (Formerly Flamingos)

#1 restaurant recommendation in South Bend. Chorizo tacos paraiso style. That’s all you need to know.

The View

Lesser-known hole in the wall bar with award winning burgers.

Studebaker Brewing Co.

If you like craft beer, this is easily the best beer in the area. They have some of your standard favorites, done better than the rest. But they are always trying awesome unique styles and flavors that you won’t get anywhere else.


A fine dining option on campus. If you want to find famous people from Notre Dame, you may look here.

Cambodian Thai

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House

Evil Czech Brewery and Public House

Barnaby’s Pizza (in South Bend, not the Mishawaka location)

Brothers Bar & Grill

Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, MI


Just Drinks

Corby’s Irish Pub

Local favorite famously known for hosting scenes in the movie “Rudy”.


The legendary “Linebacker Lounge”. Often gets flooded with loud drunk college students and gets very interesting in the later hours. But if that’s your thing, this is the place to go.

Maddison Oyster Bar

Finnies Next Door 

Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, MI


Sites/Areas to Visit

Golden Dome

Notre Dame’s campus is clearly the place you should visit when coming to South Bend. There is nothing more iconic in the area than the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus.

Touchdown Jesus (The Word of Life Mural)

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Notre Dame Stadium

Walk down Notre Dame Ave into campus

Studebaker Museum


Thrills and Entertainment

South Bend Cubs baseball game at Four Winds Field

Notre Dame sports are obvious, but the local minor league Chicago Cubs affiliate is a great change of pace. The South Bend Cubs are one of the best minor league organizations in the country and are linked to one of the most well known sport franchises in the world.

Notre Dame Sporting Events

Four Winds Casino

University Park Mall in Mishawaka