Northwest Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze, Exploration Acres

Exploration Acres 006The leaves have begun to change color and we have all began to break out those cozy sweaters and scarves. That’s right, it is autumn, my absolute favorite season! The weather in Indiana during the fall is the absolute best! An exciting attraction that opens each fall is Exploration Acres. It located five miles south of Lafayette and offers many family friendly fall activities. Claiming fame as Northwest Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze, Exploration Acres is the perfect place to enjoy the season.

Exploration Acres 005An 18-acre corn maze is crafted with a new theme each year. Literally, you could walk 9 miles through the four different mazes, which is one way to get your exercise in! All throughout the maze are checkpoints where you can earn coupons and rewards from various local businesses. Deciding which checkpoints to hit should not be an issue, as you should try and hit them all in one adventure without becoming too lost! This year’s maze features a farm setting with a farmer, barn, cow and much more!

undefined[6]The pumpkin patch features 10 acres of a variety of pumpkins. You should set aside time specifically to pick out that perfect pumpkin to carve that Batman symbol you have always wanted to carve! There are so many cute little pumpkins and squash available as well that I guarantee you will leave with more than you planned!

Exploration Acres 010Other attractions at Exploration Acres include hayrides, a pedal car track, a straw bale tunnel, a sand pile, and a pumpkin race track. All of these activities are family friendly and are included with admission.

Other activities are available for an extra fee. These include a corn cannon where you shoot ears of corn up to 500 feet in the air, a gem mine where you can search for hidden treasures, and pony rides. Probably the neatest extra activity they offer is the fire pits. For a small fee, a family or group can rent a fire pit on a certain night during a specific time slot. This serves a great place to gather together in the outdoors and socialize together.

Exploration Acres 004Exploration Acres is the ideal place to enjoy all that Indiana has to offer in the fall season. Spend some time in the great outdoors with family and friends at a great local farm. It is located five miles south of Lafayette at 6042 Newcastle Road between I-65 and US 52. It is open Thursdays through Sundays until October 29th.

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Weekend Update: Germanfest & Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Germanfest

Germanfest

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.

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 9, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

So much fun is happening this Saturday! Bring the family out to Exploration Acres for their Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! festival.  From10am-10pm rock out to music featuring: Bahler’s Golden Age Band, Battleground Bluegrass Band, Borrowed Tyme, Branded Bluegrass, and Cornfields & Crossroads. Bring your own lawn chairs as you enjoy this outdoor event in the woods. (Note: if rain, the event will be moved to the barn.) Craft beer and concessions will be available.

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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Be Spooked this Halloween Weekend!

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Exploration Acres

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Weekend Update! Do not miss this weekend of fun Halloween activites in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Take a quick run through a straw bale maze, then visit an 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!) at Exploration Acres. The corn maze’s last fall day of fun is October 30.
  • Zombies in training, little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses during Operation Trick or Treat on October 29.
  • Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! Enjoy the Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church. Last day to pick out your perfect pumpkin is October 31.

  • Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area at Prophetstown State Park and find the Trail of Scarecrows. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more.
  • Each year around Halloween, Adams Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Take a guided tour on October 29 and 31 through the ghostly three floors of the Mill which reveal many spine-tingling experiences.
  • On October 29, howl with the wolves at Wolf Park and watch them enjoy jack-o-lanterns filled with tasty, animal-friendly treats. Buy a pumpkin for your favorite wolf, fox, or coyote during the Wolf Park Pumpkin Party.
  • Celebrate fall and Halloween seasons at the Zombie Stomp Hop n Crawl Halloweentown 2016 on October 29.  All costumes are welcome. The Zombies are waiting to kick off the party at Riehle Plaza so dress up and come STOMP the bridge with them. The grand finale community flash mob will be to THRILLER on the Plaza at 8 pm!
  • Come join the FUN of the 17th Annual Halloween Parade at Lincoln Park on October 30. Everyone is invited to this event. The kids will parade on Lincoln St. from Rose St. to the park.
  • img_8583The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette is Halloween night, October 31 from dusk until 9pm. West Lafayette has no mandated date, but is usually observed on Halloween. 

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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Get Lost at Exploration Acres

Fall! It’s finally here! This summer has been a steamy one, and we are ready to feel a slight cold nip in the air, watch the leaves change colors and break out those cozy sweaters and scarves. The weather in Indiana during the fall is the absolute best! An exciting attraction that opens each fall is Exploration Acres. It located five miles south of Lafayette and offers many family friendly fall activities. Claiming fame as Northwest Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze, Exploration Acres is the perfect place to enjoy the season.

exploration-acres-006An 18-acre corn maze is crafted with a new theme each year. Literally, you could walk 8 miles through the four different mazes, which is one way to get your exercise in! All throughout the maze are checkpoints where you can earn coupons and rewards from various local businesses. Deciding which checkpoints to hit should not be an issue, as you should try and hit them all in one night without becoming too lost! This year’s maze theme is the Indiana Bicentennial.  Indiana turns 200 this year, and Exploration Acres is celebrating!

The pumpkin patch features 10 acres of a variety of pumpkins. You should set aside time specifically to pick out that perfect pumpkin to carve that Batman symbol you have always wanted to carve! There are so many cute little pumpkins and squash available as well that I guarantee you will leave with more than you planned!

Other attractions at Exploration Acres include hayrides, a straw bale tunnel, a sand pile, and a pumpkin race track. All of these activities are family friendly and are included with admission.exploration-acres-010

Other activities are available for an extra fee. These include a corn cannon where you shoot ears of corn up to 500 feet in the air, a gem mine where you can search for hidden treasures, and pony rides. Probably the neatest extra activity they offer is the fire pits. For a small fee, a family or group can rent a fire pit on a certain night during a specific time slot. This serves a great place to gather together in the outdoors and socialize together.

exploration-acres-008Exploration Acres is the ideal place to enjoy all that Indiana has to offer in the fall season. Spend some time in the great outdoors with family and friends at a great local farm. It is located five miles south of Lafayette at 6042 Newcastle Road between I-65 and US 52. It is open Thursdays through Sundays until October 30.

For more information about Exploration Acres, and other fall attractions in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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What is the size of your carbon footprint? Renewable Energy and Agritourism

Exploration Acres

Exploration Acres

What is the size of your carbon footprint? Lafayette-West Lafayette can say that there are some cutting edge, state-of-the art facilities like no other in and around our community. If renewable energy, biofuels, “green” focused companies, and other Earth friendly endeavors interest you, look no further than here.

The community has flourishing farmers markets in both Lafayette and West Lafayette, as well as one on Purdue campus. These markets offer everything from tie dyed t-shirts, handmade jewelry and wood crafts, to fresh calzones, grass fed meats and produce galore. You will often catch live entertainment as well while strolling the historic downtown shopping district in Lafayette.

How about a corn maze? Exploration Acres is nothing to sneeze at…well, tromping around in a corn field might make you sneeze, but it’s well worth a few minor sniffles. Shoot a corn cannon, mine for gemstones, compete in an adult sized tricycle race, shop at the gift store, have an elephant ear or just hang out at your own fire pit and roast marshmallows. This is one activity the entire family will enjoy.

Wea Creek Orchard

Wea Creek Orchard

Explore an orchard full of delicious apples, pumpkins and peaches at Wea Creek Orchard.  Wea Creek Orchard is owned and operated by three families who are descendants of the pioneers who purchased the farm in 1855. Ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm and finish your visit in the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive became the first automaker in the country to achieve “zero-landfill”status — meaning it sends no waste to a landfill. The attention to even the smallest of waste detail is amazing at the very least and touring the facility is a fascinating experience. Visit Lafayette – West Lafayette can set up a tour for you. You won’t be disappointed.

Visit Indiana’s first wind farm where there are over 700 wind turbines up and running and there are more to come in Benton County. Wind power, electricity generated by capturing the wind’s energy with modern wind turbines, is one of the lowest-cost, renewable electricity alternatives currently available. Wind power is a clean, domestic electricity resource that has seen a tremendous amount of growth and technological improvements over the past several years.

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We are on the cutting edge of agriculture and clean energy and we are proud to show it off. Visit Lafayette – West Lafayette can arrange for and coordinate a tour of any or all of these sites and attractions and more. Visit us at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Happy New Year’s Eve 2014!

Exploration Acres 2014 Design!

Exploration Acres 2014 Design!

Happy New Year’s Eve! Another year has come and gone and it has been a fun one! We want to recap some of the exciting, local newsy items that have taken place this year.

    • Wolf Park announced they are building a Vet Hospital on site. The Allison and Ed Franklin Health Care Center will be used for surgeries, rehabilitation, and recovery, puppy rearing, and so much more! Look for a groundbreaking ceremony in 2015!
    • Exploration Acres maze was based on 1964 (as the owner, Tim Fitzgerald turned 50 this year!) It was represented with a Mustang, Kennedy Half Dollar, Mr. Potato Head, the Beatles and Muhammad Ali. Families and friends enjoyed exploring and getting lost in this complicated maze full of twists and turns.

      Vase is by Paul Soldner at Haan Mansion

      Vase is by Paul Soldner at Haan Mansion

    • The

Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art

    hosted its first special Ceramics Celebration featuring a collection of art encompassing works by both Indiana and non-Indiana artists, including pieces by some of Japan’s Living National Treasures. (Picture to the right is a vase created by Paul Soldner and will be featured at the Ceramics Celebration.)

  • “NICHES”, Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive, recently moved and is settling into their new home at Clegg Memorial Garden, located along the beautiful Wildcat Creek. Stop in, hike the trail, enjoy the local natural landmark and watch as the home is transformed into a lovely welcome center for guests.
  • Currently, the Courtyard by Marriott is undergoing an expansion that will include a 15,500 square foot conference facility accommodating up to 600 people for indoor/outdoor events and add up to 32 additional guest rooms (they currently have 90). This expansion is expected to open in spring of 2015.
  • Restoration at its finest! Wabash & Erie Canal is currently reconstructing the Burrows Loom House (they moved this house from a location near Burrows to the canal park) and it should be completed by early summer.  Their award-winning Interpretive Museum will be undergoing restoration and repair to some of the galleries this winter along with several new interactive exhibits being added.

It has been a wonderful year!! We can’t wait to see what awaits in Lafayette-West Lafayette in 2015!  Happy New Year! Be safe and have fun this evening!

Outdoor Fall Fun Weekend Update 2014!

Exploration Acres

Exploration Acres

Outdoor Fall Fun 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.

Bring on the adventure at Exploration Acres this weekend! Warm-up with a quick run through the straw bale maze, then visit the 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns. You can test your skill at a pedal car race, fire a three-ear corn cannon salute or just dive into a mound of hay. There is a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and picnic area with fire pits.  Enjoy a gem mine, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating/race.

Clegg Autumn

Clegg Autumn

On Friday, October 17, take part in the NICHES Land Trust Groundbreaking Ceremony! Explore the beautiful grounds at Clegg Memorial Garden and check out how the Niches Land Trust is planning on preserving this natural habitat. NICHES protects, restores and sustains Northern Indiana ecosystems.

Be spooked at an evening of chilling Ghost Tales presented by the Tippecanoe Storytellers’ Guild and sponsored by the Tippecanoe Parks Department on Friday, October 17. Head to the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater for this annual night of chilling ghost tales! Donate $1 to Book Cycle, a local free book program for preschoolers.

Cheer on the runners at the Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K taking place Saturday, October 18! Or maybe you are running yourself. Good luck to those runners taking on this arduous running adventure!

Be prepared to be scared at Haunted Adams Mill! Each year around Halloween, the Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place. Take guided tours on Saturday, October 18 through the ghostly three floors of the Mill, which reveal many spine-tingling experiences. Outside, tractor-drawn hayrides take visitors through the haunted forest and then down to the warm campfire. Warm drinks and other treats are available under the overhang at the front of the Mill.

Ride the Delphi!

Ride the Delphi!

Explore the pioneer village at the Wabash and Erie Canal on Saturday, October 18 at the Harvest Festival when we celebrate the end of the outdoor season. Pioneer buildings will be open from 10am to 4pm. Craft booths and food vendors will be set up throughout the village, and there will be demonstrations from the leather guild, the blacksmiths, broom makers, basket weavers and copper. Skills such as tatting, wood working and spinning also will be shown. Take the final rides for the season on the Delphi up and down the Wabash and Erie Canal.

It’s Pumpkin Patch Activity Day at Congress Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 18. Enjoy children’s games and a health fair while shopping for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more!

More running and walking fun is taking place on October 19! Watch or get your exercise on at Point 1K! The race will start at 3 p.m. West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis will start the race. The EMT Food Truck will be there selling food. All proceeds benefit the YWCA Women’s Cancer Program.

Lastly, but definitely not least, head to Wea Creek Orchard on October 19 for the Boo Bash & Family Movie Night. What to expect on this fun night: pumpkin seed spitting contest, HAYRIDES, prize baskets, pumpkin bowling and more! Costumes are encouraged!

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

Fall Fever in Lafayette-West Lafayette 2013

mapFall fever has hit Lafayette-West Lafayette!  It is the time of year where the leaves are changing to vibrant orange and red colors and there is a smell in the air that is a mix of cool air, leaves, and earth.  Every time I go outside I take a deep breath and embrace the season.  I love fall and all the many activities and attractions that it brings to our area.  Here are a few of my favorites that cannot be missed on a trip to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Exploration Acres– What is better than spending an afternoon getting lost in a corn field?  Explore this 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns!  This year’s maze is designed showcasing Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.  My husband and I always add Exploration Acres to our “Fall Must-Do” and now with our little baby girl, we hope to make it a family tradition.  I am sure when she is older she will love picking out a pumpkin in their pumpkin patch, race a pedal car, and/or fire a three-ear corn cannon.

Wea Orchard– Explore an orchard full of delicious apples and pumpkins at Wea Creek Orchard. Bring the family to ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm exploring the beauty of the orchard. Shop at the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies. Their preserves are just like my mother makes!  They are delicious sweet goodness in a jar!

prophetstownpark_cProphetstown State Park- There is a host of fall activities at Indiana’s newest state park. Visit the Farm at Prophetstown where you can meet Belgian draft horse, chickens, cows, cats and their friendly dog.  My nephews (ages 4 & 6) live in Phoenix, Arizona, and every time they visit they request a visit of the Farm! Visitors can also tour a replica Sears and Roebuck’s, turn of the century home that houses lovely antiques.  Enjoy the fall beauty of Indiana by hiking the many trails at Prophetstown State Park.  Within the park, the meadows, fen and marshes are explored by many.  The park offers many trail walks with a guide whom will share and teach hikers about the local fauna, insects, birds, etc.

For more information about these attractions and more, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.