Three skiers on lake

Indiana Tourist Attractions

How we got our name:  History informs us that our town was officially laid out and named in 1839 by John Mather and Ebenezer Pierce.  The town's name comes from a job foreman who was trying to convince Irish laborers to get along with French laborers working on the dike that stretches from near Northport to Rome City.  He reportedly told them they must cooperate and "do as the Romans do."  The name stuck, and "City" was added later by the post office to avoid confusion with another town of Rome in the southern part of the state.  In the late 1800's and early 1900's, the town became famous as a weekend and summer resort.

Click on historical photo gallery.  

  Photos courtesy of Rob Glass, local historian.

Gallery, Parks in Rome City, Indiana

Sylvan Lake, All-sports lake

Indiana's most famous lake and home of the State Historic Site and Museum of legendary author, photographer, Gene Stratton-Porter. Breath-taking lake and "Big Island" trails and nature pavilon. 16-miles of shoreline, great fishing, and year round water sports at this renowned Indiana tourist attraction.

The Lavender Lane

The Lavender Lane is a small family owned lavender farm.  Throughout the blooming season,  we offer a friendly outdoor experience in our fragrant field of lavender and welcome you in our studio, as we make unique handmade  lavender products. Tours by appointment anytime, (260) 854-4494.

farm lavender field


Rome City, Indiana - rich in history

Sylvan Cellars Event Center

Sylvan Cellars is an event space with rustic elegance and class!  Surrounded by a beautiful apple orchard, tranquil countryside and romantic courtyard, the Sylvan Cellars barn is wonderful Indiana tourist attraction & a rich part of history.  With elegant chandeliers hanging from the barns 30 foot rafters, your event will be magical.  2725 E Northport Rd, Rome City.

Sylvan event center building
public signage to lake

GSP Opens April 1 - Dec. 1. 

Gene Stratton-Porter was an author, naturalist, photographer and filmmaker. You can visit her cabin in Wildflower Woods along with 150 acres of beachfront, fields, and formal gardens. The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is a lovely Indiana tourist attraction on Sylvan Lake in Rome City.  Schedule naturalist courses, nature hikes, stargazing hikes, and more! Call (260) 854-3790


BINGO, Best in state! Twice a year, $10,000 payout

Best B-I-N-G-O in NE Indiana. Win big here.

1/4 mile south of RC on HWY-9. Doors open: Thursday at 4:30PM & Sunday at 11:00AM.

bingo signage near building
Signage to Gene Straton-Porter estate

Places to visit and cool things to do in Rome City, Indiana and Sylvan Lake

bed and breakfast estate

Bed & Breakfast and Cabin Stays

Mirror Lake Bed & Breakfast. 

Children and pets are welcomed. 

Have breakfast delivered to your rustic, 500 sf log "bunkhouse" cabin on the lake. Mini pontoon, fishing boat, canoe or kayak can be rented.    WEBSITE

Address: 11463 N 150 W
Rome City, IN 46784
(260) 854-4675

Kelly Park

Grant Park

Gaff Park

Lakeside Park

Sycamore Park, the "spillway"

 Parks in Rome City

Public Access Boat Launch

Visitors welcomed to public access! Lake lovers, this is your ideal lake to fish or water ski or take nature hikes on the Big Island. Public Access is well marked off of SR-9. Large trailer spaces are provided. Enjoy our lake.

Indiana Tourist Attractions

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Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

A golf-cart friendly, lake community