Lafayette-West Lafayette Area Meeting Venues

Looking for the perfect space for your business or club meeting, wedding, family reunion, etc.? Check out this video showcasing what the Lafayette-West Lafayette area can offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN8K_eoBNFA.

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Check out our website: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html  for a listing of venues and service professionals.

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Download our printable facility guide:  http://www.homeofpurdue.com/mapsbrochures/brochures/VLWLmeetingfacilityguide.pdf

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Contact Ashley for help narrowing down the options and questions about the venues. agregory@homeofpurdue.com or 765-447-9999

We look forward to helping you find your perfect venue!

Picnics, Baseball, Zoo, Train & More: Columbian Park

IMG_1433Picnicking, playgrounds, aquatic center, baseball, zoo, ducks, train, and more! What do these things have in common? They can all be found at Columbian Park!

I have a lot of wonderful memories at Columbian Park from throughout the years. My Grandparents lived just one block from the Park and my family and I would always spend many days each year visiting. My Father and Grandfather grew up in that same house and I always enjoyed hearing the stories of their memories and shenanigans at the park as well! While the park has changed quite a bit, even in my life time, it continues to offer a variety of wonderful activities for families with kids of all ages. Let me tell you a bit about it…

Let’s start at the playground. Along Park Avenue there is a very large playground with different areas for different aged kids to play. Babies to Teenagers all have a section on the same playground that is suitable for their age group. There is also a section that has accessible friendly equipment for those children with disabilities to also play. Near the playground are several picnic shelters that can be reserved for family reunions or get togethers, birthday parties, graduation parties, or just because. If the shelter doesn’t have a reservation posted, feel free to just go up and use them at any time. To reserve a shelter, contact the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department.

Playground fun!

Playground fun!

Rush Pavillion

Rush Pavillion

Also, housed at the park, are other rental facilities; Jenk’s Rest, which is also a Senior Center, the Rush Pavilion and Memorial Island. We had a family reunion recently at Jenk’s Rest and it was a wonderful venue, big enough for our large family, had a large kitchen for us to spread out our carry in items, and centrally located to the playground for the kids to enjoy while the adults chatted. The Rush Pavilion is also where my best friend had her wedding and wedding reception. This was a very small wedding with about 40 guests and it made for a beautiful, casual wedding. The veranda is great to sit and chat while watching the ducks and geese on the lagoon and inside is simple but classy and has a nice sized kitchen area. It worked wonderfully for her wedding. Memorial Island is sometimes home to movies or concerts in the park in the summer time and has memorials dedicated to those in different wars.

The Zoo!

The Zoo!

Seasonal attractions at the Park also include the Columbian Park Zoo, Tropicanoe Cove, Loeb Stadium, Train and other rides. The Columbian Park Zoo is a free zoo that is typically open April to October every year. It offers wonderful, interactive exhibits themed by different continents and attractions. You can check your wing span while you admire the Bald Eagles, imagine swimming with the North American River Otter, crawl through tunnels and pop up like a Prairie Dog, explore the Wallaby walkabout and have the wallaby’s hop right across your path and more! Exhibit areas include the Americas, Australia, Butterfly Garden, Family Farm (Petting Zoo), a fountain plaza and the historic animal house.  Things are always being added at the zoo, so be sure to check it out often.

Tropicanoe Cove is the outdoor aquatic center along the Main Street side of the park. It is typically open Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers a lazy river, water slides, splash pad and a swimming area. Adults can also enjoy water walking programs several times a week in the summer, during off times.Tropicanoe Cove

Loeb Stadium is home to the Lafayette Aviators, a prospect league and the annual Colt World Series event. Be sure to add at least one game to your summer bucket list! The current stadium allows you to feel like you are right on the field with the players. You’ll love it!

Train at Columbian Park

Train at Columbian Park

In the center of the park also generally from Memorial Day to Labor Day you can find a small variety of children’s rides. My family’s all-time favorite is the train. Ride around the park and wave at all the visitors. Relatively new to the park is a train depot that also includes a model train exhibit. Great to keep the kids (of all ages) entertained while you wait to ride the train.

Of course, no visit to Columbian Park would be complete without visiting at least one of the local icons located across Wallace Street from the Zoo and Loeb Stadium; The Original Frozen Custard or Arni’s! Be sure to grab a pizza, salad, custard cone or fruit drink to bring with you to the park and enjoy a day full of fun!

Ashley Gregory, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Director of Sales, shares this blog.  For more information about this attraction and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

My Tour Through Lafayette-West Lafayette Brings Vast History & Excitement

Sleeping Goat at Columbian Park Farm!

Sleeping Goat at Columbian Park Farm!

Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley, shares her tour of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Kaley writes:

With this being my first year in the Lafayette area as a Purdue student, I was extremely curious as to what I could find here. Moving to a new area was pretty intimidating at first, but the longer I am here, the more I find how quaint and exciting Lafayette and West Lafayette truly are. I recently toured the Lafayette area and was amazed at the vast history and excitement this area holds.

I started my journey at Columbian Park, and wow, was it a sight! I have driven past this area many times, but I never did I wrap my mind around just how large it was. The playground was filled with so much fun equipment and there were so many nice areas to lay a blanket out and enjoy a delicious picnic.  However, the playground and open areas are only a small portion of the park. I was fascinated to see that the park extends even further to a zoo with free admission. The animals are very friendly, and I enjoyed the hands-on experience with some farm animals. It’s hard to beat the cuteness of a baby goat, and it was entertaining being able to feed and play with the young goats. The park goes on even further into Tropicanoe Cover waterpark. As a whole, this is a great area to come and spend the day by doing a variety of exciting activities. I will definitely be visiting again soon!

Battle Ground Monument

Battle Ground Monument

My next stop was Battle Ground, which is packed with not only local history, but also national history. I could feel the past come alive as I walked on the same ground where the American soldiers and Native Americans came face-to-face to begin the War of 1812. The monument is a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives. It is crazy to think that a life changing moment for our great nation occurred just down the street from where I live. Battle Ground has even more than the historical site. I was able to tour the interesting museum and gain more knowledge about what happened on that fateful day and era.  I also explored around the area and discovered a beautiful creek behind the battlefield with trails to venture into the woods. Although a brutal event occurred, I would consider this place a tranquil area to learn about our nation’s past as well as explore the region’s nature.

Trails at Prophetstown!

Trails at Prophetstown!

Finally, I headed over to Prophetstown State Park, another area packed with history. When I first entered, I noticed the historic farmstead. I hope to travel back and get a hands-on experience at the farm to get a feel for how early Americans thrived through farming. After the farm, I soon passed by Prophetstown’s newest addition, the aquatic center. The materials used to build the waterpark were picked out specifically to match the image of Prophetstown, and it looks absolutely spectacular! I have personally traveled down their water slides and lazy river, and it was such a blast! I plan to come back and make a trip through their trails to see beautiful sights of the natural habitat and the Wabash River.

After sightseeing through the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, I realized how priceless this place truly is. With so much to do for all types of occasions, there is no way for me to ever feel bored. I plan to explore even more thoroughly throughout these great cities and gain irreplaceable experiences throughout the way.

Spring Break StayCation – Lafayette-West Lafayette #2

 

Inspired Fire

Inspired Fire

Spring Break 2014! This week we are featuring why you should visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, for spring break this year. If you missed it on Monday, March 3, we shared fun, family friendly activities. Today we are going to feature unique area attractions that make Lafayette-West Lafayette the best choice for your spring break vacation!

The Arts – Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is rich in the arts? There are over 17 art galleries all within our two cities! I personally think we have an art mecca that is undiscovered by many. Fine art, from oil paintings and fine art prints to glass art, sculpture and contemporary pieces; there is something unique for everyone. Visitors could spend a whole weekend exploring our art galleries. There are also over 45 pieces of outdoor art ranging from sculptures, community fountains, and more. (Note: don’t miss visiting our 70 specialty shops located downtown Lafayette- many of them feature local artwork!)

Wolf Park – Have you ever howled with the wolves? You can! Wolf Park, a one of a kind research facility that studies wildlife behavior, welcomes visitors to come and howl with the wolves on Saturday nights. (Friday and Saturday nights May to November). It is a pretty amazing experience that can only be truly felt by being on Wolf Park’s grounds. There are also coyotes, foxes and bison that visitors can meet and/or see roaming around. (Note: the animals are all within a fenced area!).  Wolf Park also has a visitors’ center that allows for year-round viewing. This park is internally acclaimed and a must see on your visit to our area!Now a Horizontal Portrait of Dharma

History – My family are huge history buffs and I have grown up exploring areas all over the United States that have historical significance. Did you know that a great battle was fought here that lead to the Battle of 1812? The Battle of Tippecanoe between the United States’ forces, led by William Henry Harrison and representatives of Tecumseh’s Native American confederation took place on November 7, 1811. A National Historic Landmark, located in a 96-acre park setting in Battle Ground, Indiana, along with a museum and nature center are open for visitors to explore.

Nearby, visitors can explore Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. Take a walk around the Native American village and attend one of the many public programs about nature or history. Discover the Farmstead within the park, where valuable lessons are uncovered. Special programs, horse-drawn trolley rides, interesting interpretations and demonstrations are available.

Do not miss visiting Lafayette-West Lafayette this spring break season! For more information about these attractions and other fun things to do in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.