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: Boo at the Zoo & Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park and the Farm

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.

Boo at the Zoo will be back and better than ever this Halloween! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kid’s costume contest, fun games, encounters with their Animal Ambassadors, and the Enchanted Train Ride. This night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. (Please note this event takes place October 21-23!)

Prophetstown Scarecrows!

Prophetstown Scarecrows!

It’s Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park this weekend! Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration. On Saturday, October 24, enjoy a wholesome day of fall family fun at the Farm at Prophetstown! Bob for apples, learn about Halloween history, paint a mini- pumpkin, complete the farm scavenger hunt and get a treat bag. Enjoy free popcorn and apple cider with everyone.

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

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.