Disc Golf in Lafayette-West Lafayette

_DRS5334It’s summer and you know what that means! It’s time to head outside and enjoy all of our fantastic local disc golf courses!

Purdue University has a great 18-hole course. It starts at that base of Slayter Hill Performing Arts Center and wraps around the intramural fields.

Faith Community Center offers a course designed for either 9 or 18-hole play. Discs are available for checkout at the front desk along with a course map and scorecard. There is no charge to play but there is a $5 replacement fee for any discs that are lost.

_DRS5642Murdock Park offers a fun but challenging 18-hole course. Eleven holes are through the rolling hills, trees, and mowed grass. Two par fours then lead you into a five-hole section of tightly wooded technical holes.

The Wabash Washout at McAllister Park is the newest disc golf course. It’s a longer more open course that is surrounded by cart paths and ponds. It’s a great place to challenge yourself and have fun with friends and family.

Get out and play disc golf this summer!  For more information about these courses and other recreational activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Amanda, Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Ascend High at Climb Lafayette

IMG_9715 IMG_9723Indoor adventure awaits you at Climb Lafayette, Lafayette-West Lafayette’s only dedicated indoor rock climbing facility. Services include bouldering, top rope and auto belay! Climb Lafayette is a fun and adventurous place for all.

Host a party at Climb Lafayette! Gather for a youth birthday party, a corporate team-building day or a large group outing with your scouts or church friends! Overnight lock-ins are available as well and field trips are always welcome.

This rock climbing experience is for climbers of all skill level. Never climbed before? The friendly staff will share with you tips and tricks of the trade. Experienced climber? Become a member! Memberships pay for themselves if you climb just four times a month. Members have input on aspects of the gym. A member only gym space is a dedicated training area with free weights, cardio equipment, campus boards, hang boards, a peg board and assorted climbing training gear. Yoga classes and member Monday nights are also perks of the membership!IMG_9726

No reservations are needed! Hurry into Climb Lafayette Tuesdays-Fridays from noon until 10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sundays 10am-8pm. Test out your skills and build new ones at this new attraction to the Lafayette community!

For more information about this attraction and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

March Madness Bar Hop 2017

Beer Milkshake at the PintMarch Madness is finally here! Now that football is over, basketball is key to my sports happiness! Watching the game from home can be fun, but there are many places around Lafayette-West Lafayette to catch the big game.

Jake’s Roadhouse is one of my favorite sports bars on campus, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. All ages are welcome at Jake’s until 9pm. Another favorite place on the west side is The Pint. The Pint offers an ever-changing selection of crafts beers and TVs line the bar (21 and over).

Sgt. Preston's

Sgt. Preston’s

Downtown you could bar hop for each game since there are so many great places to choose from! Sgt. Preston’s is always alive with game watchers and a ski-shot is available to get the fun rolling.  The Vault has pool tables and high top tables that are perfect to watch a game with a group of friends. Chumley’s has the best nachos to snack on during the game along with 50 beers on tap and plenty of local brews to try. DT Kirby’s has all the qualities of a great sports bar- big portions, greasy food and always an upbeat crowd with plenty of screens. Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria– the name says it all! Specialty pizza, The Boilermaker, is the perfect pie to cheer on your Purdue Boilermakers. Get your wing fix at Bobby T’s Pub.  Finally, one of the best places to fill your Mexican cravings during the game is at the 6th Street Dive where their chicken enchiladas are fabulous!

DT Kirby's

DT Kirby’s

Professor Joe's Stromboli

Professor Joe’s Stromboli

The list doesn’t stop here. Check out a full listing of bars and pubs at HomeOfPurdue.com. Boiler Up!

Weekend Update: Mamma Mia & Polar Plunge

Mamma MiaWeekend 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.

Mamma Mia! is at Purdue this Friday, February 24! This event is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. On this 10th anniversary tour, it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’S greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!

poolTake the chilly plunge this Saturday, February 25, at the 2017 Polar Plunge! Yes, you read correctly! A group of brave people will jump into water in the middle of winter! Join hundreds of Hoosiers to help support sports training and athletic competition for more than 12,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes by jumping in the West Lafayette Polar Plunge. Friends don’t let friends plunge alone!  Encourage a family member, school group, civic group or co-worker to participate with you at the event!  The 2017 Plunge season promises to have lots of magical moments from crazy costumes to super splashes.

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



8 Spots for Winter Family Fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette

It’s winter time!! Looking for activities to make holiday break and this whole winter leave lasting memories? Put away your remote control and head out to enjoy all the local Lafayette-West Lafayette fun! Here are a few ideas for winter family fun!

Painting with a Twis

Painting with a Twist

Feel artsy?  Check out All Fired Up, a paint-your-own pottery studio, where you pick out an unfinished piece of pottery, decorate it to your heart’s desire, finish it with a glaze to be fired in the studio, and in less than a week, your pottery will be finished and ready for pick-up!

More art fun! Head to Painting with a Twist and explore your creative side at this art studio. With the assistance of a teacher providing step by step instruction, your blank 16×20 canvas will become a beautiful painting!

Prefer to enjoy the great outdoors? The Riverside Skating Center is open during the winter that caters to our winter sports lovers. Grab your winter jackets and head to Tapawingo Park to enjoy this attraction that is only open during the cold winter months!

Riverside Skating Center

Riverside Skating Center

Sledding fun! Bundle up and head out to either Murdock Park or Slayter Hill to enjoy an afternoon of sledding and laughter.

Golf in winter? Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow-in-the-dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball.  While there are monsters all around the course, none of them jump out at you!


Elite Air

Bowling fever!  Lafayette-West Lafayette has 4 bowling centers all awaiting guests to enjoy this inexpensive, family fun entertainment; Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, Market Square Lanes, Purdue Union Rack & Roll, and Landmark Lanes.

Burn off all that sugar filled, holiday energy this winter at our 2 trampoline parks, Elite Air Trampoline Park and Get Air Trampoline Park.

We lost Mission: Breakout, but had lots of fun!

We lost Mission: Breakout, but had lots of fun!

You have 60 minutes. Can your family break out? Mission: Breakout is an  escape game adventure brought to life. Players are “locked” in a themed room and have to work together with other players to solve clues, to work on puzzles, and to find the key to breakout before time runs out!

For more information about our area and other family attractions please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Great Indoor Recreation Activities This Winter!

Elite Air

Elite Air

Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean there is nothing to do around Lafayette-West Lafayette! Here’s a list of great indoor activities around the city to enjoy.

Bowling Fever!

Bowling Fever!

Bowling: We have 4 great bowling centers that are family friendly and always a good time.

  • Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl
  • Market Square Lanes
  • Landmark Lanes
  • Union Rack & Roll

Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park: Trampolines are everywhere here along with some obstacle courses and multiple foam pits.

Elite Air Trampoline Park: Come enjoy not only wall to wall trampolines but also dodgeball, slam dunk courts, a giant air bag, and more.

Climb Lafayette: This indoor rock climbing facility offers a great rock climbing experience for climbers of all skill levels.

Climb Lafayette

Climb Lafayette

Purdue Athletics: Come support the Boilermakers this winter in multiple sports like swimming/diving, basketball, and wrestling.

For more information about these indoor recreational activities, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.



Winter Fun at Pappy’s and Purdue Bowling

If you are looking for an alternative activity to get you out of the cold, snowy weather on weekends, then look no further than Pappy’s Sweet Shop and the Union Rack and Roll. Both are located in the Purdue Memorial Union on the lower levels.



Pappy’s has been around since 1927 and is a favorite among college students and locals alike. The diner features menu items like grilled cheese, burgers, fries, chicken tenders, breakfast items like buttermilk pancakes or biscuits and gravy, and my favorite, soda fountain creations like  shakes, malts, cones, and sundaes all made with ice cream using the original Purdue Creamery recipe. You can never go wrong with a vanilla milkshake.

Purdue Bowling

Purdue Bowling

After you are done eating at Pappy’s, check out the Union Rack and Roll. Located on the very bottom level in the Union, here you can find bowling lanes and billiards. You can pay by lane or by game for bowling (this does not include shoe rental in the price) and rent by table for billiards. Some themes that the Union Rack and Roll has each week consist of Xtreme Bowling, Unlimited Billiards, Thrifty Thursdays, and Sunday Fundays. Xtreme Bowling is their newest theme in which there are glow-in-the dark pins and bowling balls set up to use from the hours of 9 PM – 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. If you have done Cosmic Bowling before, this is very similar.

This fun winter weekend activity will surely be a hit with both college students and families. So head on over to the Union, grab a milkshake and bowl a strike or two.

For more information about these fun winter activities and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, Jordan.


Weekend Update: Nutcracker & Purdue Basketball

nutcracker-snow2014aWeekend 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.

We love the weekend after New Year’s because the annual “Nutcracker” performance takes place. On January 7 & 8 the Lafayette Ballet Company presents the full length ballet of the Nutcracker. Music by P.I.Tchaikovsky, and luscious period costumes and sets highlighted by the exuberant dancing of the young Lafayette Ballet Artists along with guest artists and graduates. Don’t miss this night of merriment!

It’s January and that means we are in the middle of one of the greatest sports in history, basketball! Purdue basketball rules the area with its competitive fun. Cheer on our Lady Boilers on Saturday, January 7, as they take on Penn State at Mackey Arena.  The following day, our Purdue Men’s Basketball Team takes on Big Ten rival Wisconsin. Fill the stands at Mackey and applaud our teams onto victory!


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

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…its kids jumping on trampolines!

Elite Air

Elite Air

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…its kids jumping on trampolines! The biggest craze in sports right now, indoor trampoline parks. In the Lafayette-West Lafayette area we have not one, but two locations that are both wonderful to jump your heart out.

A trampoline park is an indoor space covered in different sized trampolines and mats for your jumping enjoyment in a safe environment. There are also foam pits and different obstacles to be climbed or jumped on. Referees (staff members) are also present to ensure the safety of all jumpers.


Elite Air

Elite Air Trampoline Park is located on Fortune Drive in Lafayette, where Elite Gymnastics Club holds their practices and meets. Elite Air is unique for its “Toddler Time” jumps on weekdays. This is for those 6 and under to have free roam of the trampolines while the older kids aren’t around. Ninja classes are also offered for those youth to learn how to climb up different obstacles.

Get Air Lafayette is our other local trampoline park located on State Road 38 in Lafayette. Get Air is unique for its knocker balls (inflatable bumper balls) and dodge ball room. The obstacles courses are so hilarious to watch people try and conquer. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t ever be able to defeat them! The obstacles are way harder than they look!

Elite Air Party

Elite Air Party

Both locations offer birthday party packages for kids. What a great way to entertain and celebrate the next big occasions.

Trampoline parks are a great way to get in some fun exercise. Whether you want to escape the summer humidity or stay active in the winter months, it’s always fun to jump around! We are lucky to have two locations for a hopping good time!

For more information about these recreational activities and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.


Cheer on Caleb Swanigan & Purdue Basketball

12237994_926022667478648_1928365583054578087_oCaleb Swanigan was born on April 18th, 1997, and from there had a rough road ahead of him before becoming a Boilermaker. He is a sibling to 5 other kids and is the son of a father who was a crack cocaine addict and a mother who didn’t have a steady job and was living on food stamps and welfare checks. He told his older brother he wanted to become a basketball player and his life completely changed.

As a 6’2”, 360-pound 8th grader, he was adopted by a man named Roosevelt Barnes. Barnes was a college football player for Purdue and later became a linebacker for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. After retiring, he became a very well-known and successful sports agent. When Barnes heard about Swanigan’s situation, he immediately took Swanigan in and officially adopted him.

Barnes and Swanigan worked every day to get Swanigan into the shape he needed to be in to live out his dream of being a basketball player. Between the workouts, diets, and schooling, Swanigan got to where he wanted to be, on the court for the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team as a Boilermaker.

Swanigan is beginning his sophomore year as a Boilermaker, but during his freshman year he had a personal record breaking season. Going into his freshman year he was already ranked 9th in ESPN’s Top 100 for the class of 2015 and was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, an award that hasn’t been given to a Boilermaker since Glenn Robinson in 1991. Those were only two of the many awards and titles he had when starting his first season with Purdue. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team as well as a mid-season finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award (nation’s top freshman) and early-season candidate for the Karl Malone Award (nation’s top power forward). He now has a school record after being named Big Ten Freshman of the week three times last season. Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, setting Purdue freshman records for 282 rebounds and 8 double-doubles.

After a record breaking first season, it will be exciting to see the great things Swanigan will do in the next three years at Purdue and also after he graduates. Keep it up Caleb! All the Boilermakers out there are rooting for you!

For more information about Purdue Sports and the Lafayette-West Lafayette area visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog was shared by Amanda, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.