Explore the Wabash & Erie Canal

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Canal Boat Ride

Happening Now! The summer season has arrived when the canal boat is floating down the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana! Experience history, adventure and pure summer fun at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center this year. This attraction, 20 minutes north east of Lafayette-West Lafayette, offers an adventure for the whole family.

Canal Christmas festival crafts n kidsI remember my first visit to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center. It was one of awe that such a wonderful museum was created 100% from volunteer efforts from such a small community. The passion to conserve the history of this transportation system and to create a whole village built around it is amazing. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn the history of how the Wabash and Erie Canal was important to our country’s transportation system. Now, you may think, this sounds boring! But believe me it is not! Throughout the whole museum, there are interactive displays for people to enjoy. Many museums have the policy “hands-off”, but this center welcomes people to be a part of the experience. Visitors (especially children) are welcome to play checkers in the recreated indoor canal boat, try on pioneer village clothing and pretend to be living in the 1800s, and play with a recreated canal that demonstrates how a boat would traverse the lock system.

Ring the School bell (2014)Not only does this center have an indoor museum, but a canal boat to ride through a portion of the original Wabash and Erie Canal and a whole pioneer village to explore. Visitors can walk into an original Log School House from the 1800s where students learned their ABC’s.  One does not want to miss a tour of the Reed Case’s (contractor for the Carroll County section of the Wabash & Erie Canal) own Federal-style home which anchors the village, complete with period furnishings, many of which came from the Case family. And what is better on a beautiful summer day than a trip on a replica canal boat down the canal? Nothing!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

There is a 10 mile trail system, perfect for hiking, biking, bird-watching and even cross-country skiing. Some trails and roads in Canal Park were once the towpath traversed by mules and horses pulling canal boats. Several sites along the way are on the National Register, including the Canal Construction Camp site, Lock #33 and the adjacent lockkeeper’s home site, and the 1857 Harley and Hubbard Lime Kiln site.

A host of events take place at the Wabash and Erie Canal all year long.  These include the Historic Canal Days Festival, the Harvest of Quilts “Quilt Show” and Christmas at the Canal. Check out http://www.wabashanderiecanal.org for more information about these special events.

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this attraction and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Celebrate National Youth Sports Week in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Armstrong Park260615000817National Youth Sports Week is July 11-17, 2016. This week is focused on PLAYS- physical activity, living healthy, access, youth development and safety. This week is an awareness week as well as a time to promote those youth sporting activities all across the nation. In the Lafayette- West Lafayette area, we have many activities that occur focused on youth sports.

This year marks the 48th Colt World Series occurring August 5th-10th right here at Loeb Stadium. Youth teams from all across the world gather in Lafayette to compete in this annual tradition. Last year Puerto Rico defeated Greensboro, NC to win. Come on out to historic Loeb Stadium, also home to the Lafayette Aviators for this week long youth baseball tournament.

Concord_game2Did you know that lacrosse is growing at a rate of 30% in America right now? We now have our very own league known as the Tippecanoe Lacrosse Association. Visit them online to find out more about this rapidly growing sport for both youth girls and boys and to find their schedule.

Purdue University is home to a plethora of youth sporting camps during the summer months. Camps are hosted by coaches, players and athletics staff for many ages and genders. Softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball, basketball, soccer, football and wrestling are the current camps being offered. Be sure to tell your friends to visit PurdueSportCamps.com to find the best match for their youth!BikeFamilyAndrewAntonio

Many venues spread across our area that host youth sporting events all throughout the year. Indoor venues include Family Sports Center, Legacy Sports Club and Faith Community Center. Outdoor venues range from Tippecanoe County Parks, West Lafayette Parks, Lafayette Parks and more. Youth sports are important in every community, and we take pride in ours here in Lafayette- West Lafayette, Indiana.  Find what sport makes you feel confident and go out and play today!

Check out all things sports at HomeOfPurdue.com today!

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Weekend Update: Art in Bloom & Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering

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Lafayette-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.

West Lafayette is alive with color with Saturday, June 25! Art in Bloom is a West Lafayette garden and art tour. As an outgrowth of winning the 2008 America in Bloom contest, the City of West Lafayette offers a beautification month (June), with emphasis on planting colorful annuals, recognizing award-winning landscapes and an innovative garden tour, “Art in Bloom”, which pairs local artists with some of the home landscapes that have received the Beautification Award. The Indiana Bicentennial will be celebrated by plantings in blue and gold and reflected in the art work displayed. Glass artists will be present in each garden on the tour. The garden tour is open to the public at no charge, and will be on Saturday, June 25th from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom

Celebrate music all weekend long at the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering June 24-26. This festival is a celebration of traditional music, food, crafts and continuous activities throughout the weekend. It is located on the grounds of the historical Tippecanoe Battlefield. A few of the acts are the following: The Fretless, The Barefoot Movement, the Kountry Kernals and more!

Fiddlers'

Fiddlers’

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