Northwest Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze, Exploration Acres

Exploration Acres 006The leaves have begun to change color and we have all began to break out those cozy sweaters and scarves. That’s right, it is autumn, my absolute favorite season! The weather in Indiana during the fall is the absolute best! An exciting attraction that opens each fall is Exploration Acres. It located five miles south of Lafayette and offers many family friendly fall activities. Claiming fame as Northwest Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze, Exploration Acres is the perfect place to enjoy the season.

Exploration Acres 005An 18-acre corn maze is crafted with a new theme each year. Literally, you could walk 9 miles through the four different mazes, which is one way to get your exercise in! All throughout the maze are checkpoints where you can earn coupons and rewards from various local businesses. Deciding which checkpoints to hit should not be an issue, as you should try and hit them all in one adventure without becoming too lost! This year’s maze features a farm setting with a farmer, barn, cow and much more!

undefined[6]The pumpkin patch features 10 acres of a variety of pumpkins. You should set aside time specifically to pick out that perfect pumpkin to carve that Batman symbol you have always wanted to carve! There are so many cute little pumpkins and squash available as well that I guarantee you will leave with more than you planned!

Exploration Acres 010Other attractions at Exploration Acres include hayrides, a pedal car track, a straw bale tunnel, a sand pile, and a pumpkin race track. All of these activities are family friendly and are included with admission.

Other activities are available for an extra fee. These include a corn cannon where you shoot ears of corn up to 500 feet in the air, a gem mine where you can search for hidden treasures, and pony rides. Probably the neatest extra activity they offer is the fire pits. For a small fee, a family or group can rent a fire pit on a certain night during a specific time slot. This serves a great place to gather together in the outdoors and socialize together.

Exploration Acres 004Exploration Acres is the ideal place to enjoy all that Indiana has to offer in the fall season. Spend some time in the great outdoors with family and friends at a great local farm. It is located five miles south of Lafayette at 6042 Newcastle Road between I-65 and US 52. It is open Thursdays through Sundays until October 29th.

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Girlfriend Getaway Contest 2017 Details

Girlfriends Getaway PrestartWe are celebrating fall fun with our Girlfriend Getaway Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Rest in a lovely hotel room with luxury bedding and amenities galore from an indoor pool/whirlpool, fitness center, outdoor firepit and more! Where? Courtyard by Marriott
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • Town & Gown: Flowers galore can be found in this beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. Smell the fresh flowers as you feast on light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails.
  • “Thank goodness for great food!”? Every time we make a visit to Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have this feeling of jubilation!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Beverage Heaven…  They are known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas. Where? Igloo Frozen Custard
  • East End Grill, Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.
  • People’s Brewing Company is a hidden gem in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Guests pull up to what is an old loading dock, and within its space is a fun, relaxed bar where locals and visitors enjoy a fresh brew while sharing their day’s stories.
  • Scarlett’s Red Velvet, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Miss Princess, Cotton Candy, Wedding Cake, and Kentucky Bourbon Pie; these are just a small selection of fun flavors of cupcakes at Gigi’s Cupcakes.
  • Did you know you can create your own floral designs at Rubia Flowers! Led by one of their designers, you and your friends will create a seasonal arrangement that you can take home at the end of the night.
  • Enjoy meeting the many farm animals at The Farm located within the state park., hike the park trails and embrace the utter beauty of nature at Prophetstown State Park.
  • Have you ever come face-to-face with a wolf? Wolf Park gives you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting numerous wolves, coyotes, and foxes; each have their very own story and background to share!
  • Tour the the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Games galore! Merlin’s Beard is a new and unique attraction to the Lafayette area. With over 250 games to choose from, there is a game for everyone!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

Purdue Homecoming Weekend 2017

IMG_8556 (1)Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Make this your checklist of Purdue Homecoming fun this weekend! Don’t miss a second of the excitement!

IMG_0547Friday, September 22:

  • Boiler Up! Every Friday, typically from 12-3pm (times may vary) before Purdue Home Football Games, take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee!
  • Join the Purdue football team as it connects Lafayette and West Lafayette on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge during the Boiler Bridge Walk. Enjoy music, giveaways, and meet the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete starting at 5:45 p.m. at this free event. The football team will arrive at approximately 6 p.m. by the fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge. The Boilermakers will interact with fans as they make their way to Riehle Plaza on the Lafayette side of the bridge.Purdue2013

Saturday, September 23:

  • Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing.  Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.
  • Homecoming Celebration! Homecoming activities and entertainment on Stadium Mall, free and family friendly. (12:30-2:20pm) Approximately 2:15pm Homecoming king and queen revealed at Homecoming stage.
  • 90 minutes before kickoff, the Purdue “All American” Marching Band will present “Thrill on the Hill” at Slayter Hill.
  • Game time! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team take on inside Ross-Ade stadium. (3:30 or 4pm).IMG_8600
  • More Boilermaker fun! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermakers Volleyball players take on Ohio State inside Holloway Gymnasium at 8:30pm.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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National Cheeseburger Day – DT Kirby’s Calling!

The Cheeseburger may be the most famous American food symbol there is. Cheeseburgers are to Americans like Pasta is to Italians. The official beginning of the cheeseburger is unknown, but we do know the cheeseburger will always be an American favorite. You can experience the taste of the great American Cheeseburger right here in Lafayette, Indiana. National Cheeseburger Day is today, September 18th and what better way to celebrate than heading over to DT Kirby’s in Downtown Lafayette.

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The Mac ‘N Nap

DT Kirby’s has a one of a kind menu you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The Mac ‘N Nap burger is my personal favorite. The Mac ‘N Nap is a burger with mac and cheese on a pretzel bun. This meal is the best option when you can’t decide between a mac and cheese meal or a nice juicy burger. The pretzel bun completes the whole burger. The Mac ‘N Nap is simply the best of both worlds. The Mac and Cheese piled on top of the thick and juicy burger is the kind of mess that you will be completely okay with. It’s an incredible tasting burger that gives cheeseburger a whole new meaning.

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Corey enjoying his Prime Burger

So, what if you’re not a big burger person? DT Kirby’s offers much more than burgers. You can choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and their famous hot dogs. They also offer a full service bar. DT Kirby’s can cater to anyone’s eating (or drinking) needs.

A look at the bar

A look at the bar

DT Kirby’s offers a unique environment for their guests that keeps their regulars coming back time and time again. There are many “rules” at DT Kirby’s including no ketchup for your burgers and no take home boxes. Don’t try to ask for a knife, because at DT Kirby’s, they think real men don’t cut need to cut their burger in half. The rules are listed right there on the menu and some are posted throughout the store. If you’re looking for a sign upon arriving at DT Kirby’s, you won’t find one. At DT Kirby’s they believe their customers should be able to find them without a big sign out in front of the store. The restrooms even have a very different feel to them (I won’t spoil the surprise for you). In addition to all of that, If you’re a Chicago Cubs,

fan you’ll absolutely love the Cubs decor throughout DT Kirby’s.

Prime Burger

Prime Burger

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day the right way! Head to DT Kirby’s at 644 Main Street in Lafayette for the biggest, most tasty, and picture worthy burger you’ve ever had.

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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Boiler Up for Purdue Volleyball

Purdue Volleyball season has hit! Literally, our lady Boilers are setting and hitting their way to victory this year. With the season just starting, there is plenty of time to get tickets for an afternoon or evening of volleyball fun. Our Boilermakers have a great home schedule and will be playing many of the nation’s top teams. Don’t miss out on any of the excitement!

hester_106IMG_2360Have you ever been to a Purdue volleyball game? If so, you will be hooked and want to get season tickets! The games are full of so much energy and excitement. My husband and I have been married for almost 8 years and one of our favorite sports to watch at Purdue is volleyball. When we were dating we started going to games and fell in love with this sport. We now have a 4 year old and love to take her to games. A 4 year old’s attention span is not very long, but she can usually sit through at least 2-3 sets in the match. We always hope when we take her, Purdue sweeps the match.  Plus it means a victory which is even better!

hester_108Tickets to games are priced at $5-$8 a seat which is so reasonable and a very inexpensive way to treat the family for a night of fun. This fall, cheer on our Boilers to win!  Boiler up!

For more information about Purdue volleyball and other local sports events, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Globalfest & OUTfest

Globalfest

Globalfest

Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Looking for a relaxed and lovely way to spend a few hours of your day on Saturday, September 16? Head over to the Morton Community Center for the special event, Global Fest. This is a day of celebration as we embrace the many cultures in our community. It’s a friendly street festival with great music, global food samplings and crafts from around the world just waiting to be purchased.  Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette President Jo Wade shares, “Always a great event for a variety of international food and entertainment. Walking through the classrooms full of international products/gifts to be purchased is always a treat.” Admission is free.

More fun is coming this Saturday, September 16!  Head downtown for the annual special event, OUTfest. The theme for OUTfest 2017 is Stand Strong! The afternoon and evening will feature live bands and DJs, local food vendors, information booths, beer gardens, a family area, dancing, light hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for some local downtown businesses, and much more! The fee to enter is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

OUTfest

OUTfest

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Fresh Local Produce at Wea Creek Orchard

WeaCreekOrchard_tractorandbarnLooking for something to do this weekend? Why not head to Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette, IN and pick some fresh peaches, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, enjoy a wagon ride, purchase some honey or apple butter, jams and jellies, etc.? You’ll have loads of fun!

WeaCreekOrchard_0235Wea Creek Orchard is a 7th generation family farm, started in 1829. Originally, a livestock and row crop farm, it is now home to around 2000 fruit trees! The current owner, moved here in 2007 and started planting trees about 200-400 at a time. Now they farm 72 acres total but 17 acres of that are made up of specialty crops. They selected dwarf tree varieties as they knew they wanted to make this a U-pick orchard and it makes it easier to get to the fruit, especially for young children as the fruit is lower to the ground. In addition to the orchard they have two barns on site, one built in 1870 that they rent for special events such as weddings from April to November and one built in 1880 that houses their market. They have an average of about 30 weddings a year in the barn and even has their own wedding planner to help you plan your big day for no additional charge!

wea-orchard-2012-3jpgA day at the orchard is loads of fun for the whole family! All ages enjoy learning where their food comes from, how it is grown and getting to collect your own fruit, right from the trees. Kids spend time scouring the pumpkin patch for just the perfect pumpkin for their jack o lantern. Take a wagon ride around the orchard to scope out just where you want to go and to learn all about what is available there. Learn about honey and how important bees are to the trees. Pick up some hedge apples for fun or a gourd for your fall decorations. Lots of fun can be had, spending a day at the orchard. After you’ve picked out the best produce, don’t forget to swing by the market and pick up some apple butter, apple cider, jams, jellies, salsa, barbecue sauce and more to get you through the winter!

wea-orchard-2012-9jpgWeaCreekOrchard_sampletableA variety of fruit is available at the orchard! This year they have Pixie Crunch apples (we’re told these are so good, they may replace Honey Crisp! Even better, they are a Purdue variety!), Gala apples, Blonde apples (these have become my personal favorites, taste a bit like a pear, I think), Dande Red apples , Mollie Delicious apples (so sweet, it’s like biting into sugar), Kane apples, Golden Delicious Apples, Fuji apples, Ruby John apples (these almost look purple!), nectarines and peaches. They’ve just started some Cherry Trees so look for those in the coming years.

Wea Creek Orchard is open seasonally July-October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (check their website or call for hours before you go!) and is located at 5618 S. 200 E. on the south side of Lafayette. We hope you will visit and have a wonderful time!

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Weekend Update: Germanfest & Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Germanfest

Germanfest

Festival Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 9, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

So much fun is happening this Saturday! Bring the family out to Exploration Acres for their Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! festival.  From10am-10pm rock out to music featuring: Bahler’s Golden Age Band, Battleground Bluegrass Band, Borrowed Tyme, Branded Bluegrass, and Cornfields & Crossroads. Bring your own lawn chairs as you enjoy this outdoor event in the woods. (Note: if rain, the event will be moved to the barn.) Craft beer and concessions will be available.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Be Lazy this Labor Day!

Tropicanoe Cove 2016 Dave SchidtHappy Labor Day Weekend! If you are as stunned as we are that it is already Labor Day weekend, please reply to this blog and share with us what has happened to summer? We want to know! Ha! The summer here in Lafayette-West Lafayette has been a fun one, yet it seems as though each year speeds by quicker than the last. If only we could freeze time! On that note, I thought it would be fun to put a list of lazy activities that will hopefully make time go a bit slower and allow you to really relax and enjoy everything Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has to offer!  Enjoy!

What is more relaxing than floating on a lazy river? Two of our area outdoor water parks, Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center and Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park, both feature lazy rivers that are begging for people to be lazy and float through them! All you have to do is grab an inner tube, walk in the water, and float. All your worries seem to disappear as the sun shines, the water flows and all one hears is laughter and happiness around.

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Happy Hollow Park

Maybe water parks aren’t your thing? No problem! We have a plethora of local parks where you can grab a book, pack a lunch and pick the perfect tree to sit under and read the afternoon away. Personally, I have a four year old, and since having her I have to share reading has become a challenge with her running this way and that! But the idea of picking out my favorite novel and reading all afternoon sounds amazing! This most likely will not happen for a few years until she is a bit older, but it doesn’t mean we can’t experience this as a family. We can pick out her favorite books as she loves to read, and can enjoy the day all together! Happy Hollow Park is right in our backyard and a picnic, an hour of reading and a walk in its wooded trails will be a fun, family experience.

Shopping fun!

Shopping fun!

This could be a controversial topic as to whether this is a lazy activity or not. I think shopping when you have a ton of gifts you have to buy and are on a time crunch can be a bit unnerving. But to just take a day and walk up and down Main Street in Lafayette, just for the fun of it with no shopping agenda in mind, is fun! Recently, I took a friend and we did this. We caroused the shops, ate at one of my local, favorite French restaurants, Bistro 501, and even bought a few gifts for birthdays coming up this fall. I love finding the perfect gift months early so I do not have to last minute scramble trying to find a present. In some ways I am relieving future stress by this relaxing, lazy day of shopping!

Bistro Quiche

Bistro Quiche

We hope this Labor Day weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana; you truly can rest, relax and find happiness. For more information about our area please visit our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.