Five Free Fall Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are always things to do in Lafayette… You’ve got to take advantage of these free activities and attractions this Fall!

1. Wildcat Creek Winery Tasting

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Pop in for a free wine tasting at Wildcat Creek Winery. Savor a Lafayette Red, a Harvest Cranberry, an Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree – these are just some of the wonderful flavors that Wildcat Creek has to offer. Relax in their traditional Indiana Farmhouse, see the leaves changing color, and sip on some homemade wines!

2. Clegg Memorial Gardens

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Explore the Clegg Memorial Gardens, which is especially beautiful in the autumn months. The trails there take you on an adventure through the woods overlooking Wildcat Creek! This park is free to the public and open dawn to dusk. Hiking the trails would be a wonderful activity for families, couples, or going solo!

3. Columbian Park Zoo

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Admission is free to this great zoo located right here in Lafayette! See the exhibits featuring prairie dogs, emus, wallabies, butterflies, a petting zoo, and more! You can spend the day with your family and not spend a buck learning about the approximately 190 animals who live there.

4. Tour the Historic Neighborhoods 

mansionhomepage2The great city of Lafayette was founded in 1825! Still here today, there are eight historic neighborhoods filled with homes, museums, parks, etc. The neighborhoods are Centennial, Columbian Park, Downtown, Ellsworth-Romig, Highland Park, Ninth Street, Perrin and St. Mary’s. On the website, you can find printable walking tours, webcasts, virtual tours and more.

5. Operation Trick or Treat

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“Operation Trick or Treat” is a unique Halloween experience here in Lafayette! Each year this event collects canned food donations for the Food Finders Food Bank. Kids and families can dress in costumes and go trick or treating at local businesses downtown! Look for an orange pumpkin displayed in the business window to know who is participating.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Weekend Update: Zoo Brew and Wine Too Pub Crawl & Wolf Park Birthday Party

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

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.

Happy birthday furry animals! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring and Wolf Park is celebrating on Saturday, May 6 with a birthday party. Wolf Park’s animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so they host one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday cake to enjoy. Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

DocumentJoin the Friends of Columbian Park Zoo for the inaugural Zoo Brew and Wine Too pub crawl event on Saturday, May 6. Enjoy an evening of animal encounters, live music, delicious hors d’oerves, and a variety of beer, wine and liquor samples from breweries, vineyards and distilleries as you work your way through several locations. Each location will include a signature cocktail, as well! The evening starts out in the Lahr Atrium where you’ll check in and be greeted by our animal ambassadors! Next, you’ll travel to the Knickerbocker Saloon, Professor Joes Sports Pub & Pizzeria, and Digby’s Pub and Patio throughout the night. You’ll end at the Knickerbocker Saloon for live entertainment and door prizes!

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

Weekend Update: Zoo Run Run & Kansas at Dancing and Cruising in the Streets

3Lafayette-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.

Running shoes are a must for you to jog or walk your way through the Columbian Park Zoo on Saturday morning at the annual Zoo Run Run. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents! (The zoo is home to early 200 animals representing approximately 90 species.)

Dancing & Cruising in the Streets

Dancing & Cruising in the Streets

Put on your dancing shoes and have a fabulous night of fun on Saturday, July 16! Where can you find three stages of live music, a classic car show, a cruise-in and more? Dancing and Cruising in the Streets! This acclaimed festival is celebrating 25 years. To make it a rocking party, they are hosting national acts, Kansas and Jessie James Decker! Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’

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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Free! Visit Columbian Park Zoo Opening Saturday, April 23!

IMG_6980I am a zoo lover. My desire to go see all the different animals… No matter how many times I have seen the same, exact exhibits… Hasn’t gone away. I am twenty years old and I still beg my parents to take our family to the zoo. My brother hates this about me. But I just love seeing all the wild creatures that I can’t see in my everyday life.

The one downfall to any zoo in general, is usually how pricey they are. And coming from a big family, I know that money adds up quickly. That’s why I was so surprised, and happy, to find out that the Columbian Park Zoo is completely FREE. No charges what-so-ever. This makes it the perfect place to take herds of children.

IMG_6984The Columbian Park Zoo has a unique variety of animals. One of my favorite stops at the zoo was probably being able to play with all of the baby goats. THEY WERE SO CUTE. I didn’t even pay for the food that they have available to feed the goats with.  I grabbed a handful and the goats would come up to everyone all on their own.

IMG_6977I also really liked how close I was allowed to get with all the animals. Visitors literally can walk right up next to a wallaby as it hops around.  It was a neat experience to be in such close proximity with the wombats, otters, butterflies, and much more. If you, or someone you know, LOVES seeing wildlife, I encourage you to go to the Columbian Park Zoo! You will not be disappointed.

IMG_6986The Zoo is opening this Saturday, April 23. Do not miss checking out the family farm full of farm animals, wallabies, monkeys and more!

Megann, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Boo at the Zoo & Prophetstown State Park Festival

(Scarecrow from past Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park)

(Scarecrow from past Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park)

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.

It’s back and better than ever this Halloween; Boo at the Zoo! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with Columbian Park Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. Enjoy a night of delights, which includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. Please note this special event takes place October 22-24!

Fun fall festivities are taking place this weekend at Prophetstown State Park. Head to the park on October 24-26 to enjoy all the Halloween and fall events. Dress up and go trick-or-treating, use your creative talents to enter to win the campsite decorating contests, take a hike to see the scary, funny and unique scarecrows along the trail, take a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration.  This weekend is sure to be a deliciously scary good time!

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

Create Unique Wedding Memories at Rush Pavilion

Rush Pavilion Carolyn Schaff2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues that will make your day special.  Rush Pavilion, located within Columbian Park, offers a beautiful, unique location to host a small wedding or rehearsal dinner for family and friends.

Unique.  This is what most brides and grooms are trying to achieve when planning a wedding.  They want their wedding to be different and special and for their guests to comment on how they have never been to such an awesome wedding.  Rush Pavilion can offer the “unique” setting that will make your wedding stand out to others.  With its location within Columbian Park, there are so many options for couples to have their wedding ceremony outside on the beautiful park grounds and then inviting their guests into the pavilion for appetizers, a meal and dancing.

SONY DSCMemories.  Brides and grooms will make lasting memories of this special day and the idea of having a wedding at Rush Pavilion with its location within the park will stay with them forever.  Columbian Park has a zoo, butterfly exhibit, lazy river, train ride, etc. that is perfect for photos and for guests to enjoy.

History.  Rush Pavilion has a long history in the Lafayette area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It opened in 1899 and has been serving the community for over 100 years.   It was recently renovated in 2003, and has banquet space for up to 50 people (which is a small wedding in today’s standards, but what can beat the intimacy of getting together with all your closest friends and family on this special day?) There is additional seating, weather permitting, on a verandah, which surrounds the building and overlooks the lagoon in Columbian Park.  Looking out over the lagoon and the park is a beautiful site to behold and feels majestic at night as the sun goes down.1161316004171777

For more information about this venue and others in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com