Spring Break Staycation 2018

Finally! Spring Break is here!

The month of March marks one of the biggest vacation times of the year. For students and their families, Spring break is an opportunity to spend together and relax! However, it’s not always possible to travel away for a vacation. As a Purdue student, I definitely understand that! But staying home doesn’t mean missing all the fun! You can stay close to home and still enjoy all the excitement of spring break.

There’s a ton of great things to check out on your “stay-cation” here in Lafayette!

Just a quick drive away!  Looking for somewhere close to visit? The Wabash and Erie Canal located in Delphi, Indiana, is a great option for someone interested in the outdoors and history. Make the quick 20 minute drive to the canal and experience the scenic river boat ride, the museum, and the replica Pioneer village!

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

IMG_6314In the mood for something artistic?  You’ve got to check out Inspired Fire! Shannon Owens, owner and operator, creates and sells beautiful pieces of glass artistry. But the best part is, they also offer classes! Stop in and learn how to create your own beads, ornaments, and more!

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 – don’t worry, they’re friendly!

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Stay in town and still have a one-of-a-kind experience to tell your friends about by visiting the Marquis’ Doll Museum!

Looking to see something truly unique? Did you know that Lafayette has a doll museum? Pop into Marquis’ Dolls Museum and Restoration to do something exciting and new! Marquis’ is home to over XXX dolls and collectables.

Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of chances for spring break fun! To those travelers passing through and heading for a spring break destination (or those locals wanting to treat themselves to a relaxing time), please note we have  wonderful hotels that offer great amenities and good old-fashioned Hoosier hospitality. Our location is the perfect stop during your travels to rest before you head out farther south or on your way home. Our visitor center is also right off of Interstate 65 and is staffed with our friendly Visitor Information Specialists 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

From pretty much anywhere in the state of Indiana (and border states Illinois & Michigan) we are a 1 gas tank vacation destination. There are a host of fun family things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette that will create memories for a lifetime!

These are just a few family friendly activities in our area.  For more information about our area please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was written by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Sam Martin!

It’s Celebration Time at the Delphi Opera House!

IMG_8226Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the grand reopening of the Delphi Opera House, that has been fully restored by the Delphi Preservation Society. After years of sweat, love, volunteerism, and support the Delphi Opera House is officially open. This labor of love, in the strong, small community of Delphi, Indiana, (20-25 minutes from Lafayette-West Lafayette) has been in the works for the past 10-15 years. The restored building is a glorious site for eyes and a true testament to a city that has a love of history, art and architecture.

IMG_8228As many of my readers know, I am from this area, but moved away for about 10 years and came back after I was married 5 years ago. Growing up, I had friends in Delphi, and my memories are of a town with not much to do and old buildings that were in disrepair. But today, I see Delphi in a whole new light. Delphi has undergone a major improvement project and been declared one of Indiana’s Stellar Communities. The Stellar Communities program is a multi-agency partnership designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities. Wow! That is a lot to take in, but it means the city has and is undergoing a whole new facade improvement, streetscapes improvements, multi-use gateway trail, restoration of the Delphi Opera House, and more. And recently, the Delphi Opera House, has officially opened its doors after being closed for over 100 years!

I toured the lovely space; three-story, 10,600 square foot building that has been expanded into 20,000 square feet of space, about a month ago. It is breathtaking! The best way to explain the amount of work is through their site. Check out the before and after images.

Delphi Opera House 2009

Delphi Opera House 2009

Delphi Opera House 2015

Delphi Opera House 2015

In 1914, it was condemned by the Fire Marshal as unsafe and now over 100 years later, it has been restored to its former glory. Please note the chairs in the photo from 2009 have been fully restored and are located in the balcony area of the opera house. The interior restoration work includes re-creation of the original wallpapers, use of the original colors of olive, maroon, golf and black, retention of the original windows and other historic preservation.



Today, the ground floor features a lobby, ticket office and banquet hall, and the second floor houses historic exhibits, dressing rooms, a warming kitchen, rehearsal space, meeting rooms and offices. The performance stage is on the third floor, with moveable seating for 185 and fixed seating in the balcony for 40, concession area and open space for banquets and other events. Brides and grooms, please note this is an awesome space for a wedding!!

IMG_8234With the new space, the Delphi Preservation Society, has been working hard to create an amazing line-up of special events. A few include the following: The Best Christmas Pageant Event, Nicky Rood, Abraham Lincoln Through Song, Drew Hastings, Michael Kelsey and more. For a full list of their inaugural season visit www.delphioperahouse.org. Do not miss saying you were part of this wonderful first year of entertainment, history and love of the arts and preservation! IMG_8245

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 entertainment venue and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Update: Fabulous Motown Revue & Indiana Bacon Festival

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.

The Tippecanoe Amphitheater is coming alive this summer with live musical bands jamming the night away! This Friday, August 15, enjoy the show, Fabulous Motown Revue, featuring many players who were actually “walkin’ the walk and talkin’ the talk” in the heart of the 60’s Motown Movement. That’s the secret to their success. Performing together for over 25 years, many members of The Fabulous Motown Revue have played with The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Mary Wilson, The Temptations, and many other Motown favorites.

In nearby Carroll County, enjoy all the wonderful flavors of bacon at the inaugural Indiana Bacon Festival presented by Indiana Kitchen Bacon. The event will be held on the square in Delphi, Indiana, and will feature Indiana Kitchen bacon and brew’s from local breweries. Enjoy live music, a cook-off, and MORE! A Kid Zone will run 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with games and activities just for kids, including a “Treasure Hunt”, “Make and Take Mud Pudding”, face painting, and kids music with DJ Bill Shidler. Best of all is the “Bacon-Eating Contest”, sponsored by the Delphi Rotary Club will begin at 6:30 p.m. We love bacon here in Indiana and we are so excited to have the first ever Indiana Bacon Festival in our backyard!

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

Wabash & Erie Canal

The Delphi

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Delphi, Indiana, located less than 20 miles north of Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to the Wabash & Erie Canal.  This park offers visitors an opportunity to take a canal ride, to step back in time in the Pioneer Village and to operate a miniature boat through a tiny stretch of canal in the Interpretive Center.

I grew up in a family where history and learning was key to expanding our minds and also, for the pure enjoyment of learning about our ancestors.  My parents, sister and I have traveled all throughout the United States, Europe and our great state, Indiana.  We proclaim to friends and visitors that the Wabash & Erie Canal Park is one of the best historical centers we have experienced.  Many people think of history as boring and dull.  The Interpretive Center at the canal gets visitors participating in activities and work done in the 1800’s through their interactive exhibits, which makes it fun and exciting for kids and adults.  Their displays showcase how life was in that time period to give a real life interpretation of how hard our ancestors worked and lived.  Visitors can step into the living quarters below the deck of a canal boat and children can try on period-age clothing to see how it feels to be a real pioneer.

The Delphi, a replica 19th century canal boat, takes guests on a 35 minute flouting tour on the Wabash & Eric Canal.  Tour guides share what is was like to be a pioneer 150 years ago through exciting adventure stories!  Visitors can exit the boat and tour Pioneer Village where the Federal style house of the original owner, Reed Case, stands and is surrounded by a school house, cabins, a smokehouse, and a blacksmith shop.  I personally am always awed to see how small the school houses were  in the 1800’s.  My grandmother was a school teacher and she started teaching in a small one room school over 80 years ago.  Unfortunately, her school was torn down, but it lightens my heart that this park is keeping history alive through showcasing an original school house from a nearby town.

The Wabash & Erie Canal offers so many opportunities to learn about our history and it is so close to home. Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; while there are many adventures else where, you can find peace and quiet, adventure, delicious food, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, in our own backyard.  For more information about this park and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com