Winter Time Fun at Riverside Skating Center

Winter is here and if you’re like me you’re always itching for fun things to do in the winter months. Sitting inside, curled up in a blanket, watching Netflix is only fun for so long, right? If you’re wanting to get out of your house for a bit of winter time fun, Riverside Skating Center is just what you need. There’s no better cure for the winter time blues or cabin fever than a little ice skating with family and friends.

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My favorite part about Riverside skating is watching the Zamboni resurface the ice. As a little kid, I always wanted to be the one who drove the zamboni and made the ice look nice and shiny. I always wanted to be the first one to put my skates on the fresh smooth ice. Watching the zamboni do it’s thing is a satisfying show for all. If zambonis aren’t your thing, you can always head inside for a hot chocolate break until the zambonis duties are done. Its a win-win for everyone!

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Riverside Skating Center is right in the middle of tons of dining options which can make for a whole evening of fun. The skating rink is located almost walking distance from Scotty’s Brewhouse, one of my favorites. The location makes it easy to make a whole day of fun. Have lunch at Puccini’s, walk over to All Fired Up, do some shopping at Dawson & Daisy Boutique, have dinner at Scotty’s Brewhouse, and end the night at the skating rink. Sounds like the perfect day to me!

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This rink has become a Lafayette-West Lafayette winter time tradition. There’s no better feeling than drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate after a few hours out on the ice rink. So bundle up, grab some friends, and get out to the Riverside Skating Center before the ice melts!

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

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Weekend Update: Small Business Saturday & Old Oaken Bucket Game

Tailgate time 2012Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 25 during Small Business Saturday. What a better way to kick off holiday shopping then by taking advantage of all that our local businesses have to offer. They truly are the backbone of what makes our community so great and we would not be where we are today without them.  Also, downtown Lafayette, enjoy horse and carriage rides!

Two TulipsThis Saturday also marks the Old Oaken Bucket Game. Our Boilermakers host and take on our greatest rival, the Indiana Hoosiers. Cheer on our team to victory on November 25!  Also, please note, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game 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.

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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Weekend Update: Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon & Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire

PurdueMarathonDSchmidt2014Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

The 6th Annual Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K will take place this Saturday, October 14. Each year this event has drawn more than 2,200 participants! The races will start at the home of Purdue Boilermaker football, Ross-Ade stadium, and meander through the Purdue campus and the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. The course will highlight many of the more popular sites among these two cities in addition to the Purdue campus. This will be a great opportunity for Purdue alumni, students and Purdue sports fans to participate in a half marathon and 5k race on the Purdue campus!

home3After a morning of running or walking, head to Carnahan Hall for the first ever Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire. Hosted by Imagination Station in partnership with Make Media, it will be an afternoon of fun. What is a Maker Faire, you may ask? A Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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

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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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: Beers Across the Wabash & Wabash River Ride

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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.

Join in the festive fun during Beers Across the Wabash taking place from 3-7pm at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday, August 26. In addition to delicious ales & lagers and one of the finest beer festival settings in the Midwest, admission includes a commemorative sample cup along with homebrewing information and demonstrations from Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle. On-site foodservice will also be available for purchase from D&R Catering, Smolder BBQ, Emergency Munchie Truck (EMT) and The Lafayette Optimist Club. (Must be 21 or older.)

Wabash River Cycle Club - 01 - BR copyMore Wabash fun! The 39th Annual Wabash River Ride will be held on Saturday, August  from 7-5 p.m. Get out your bike for well organized and supported rides of 34, 47, 65 or 105 miles through some of the most beautiful parts of Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties. Enjoy scenic vistas of the Wabash River and Big Pine Creek. There are great routes for riders of all levels, and it isn’t just corn fields you’ll be viewing! To fuel your ride, the Wabash River Cycle Club will have a wonderful selection of edibles available. They will continue their renowned tradition of home baked cookies from their club members, and have a delicious barbecue lunch planned for you when you finish the ride.

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

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).

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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!

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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

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