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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Congrats to Fun Fall Getaway 2014 Contest Winner!

We have the winner of our 2014 “Fun Fall Getaway” Contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Jo from the Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area. We loved her response to the following question!

Share with us your favorite fall activity in Lafayette-West Lafayette? OR if you have never visited our 2 great cities, what fall activity would you love to experience here?

Jo’s response: As a new resident to Lafayette Indiana, there are many things that I have already fallen in love with and many more that I have yet to experience. During the last three months here my fiance and I have been adjusting to our new jobs and exploring both cities when we have had time. One of our favorite places is downtown for the atmosphere and variety of activities constantly going on down there. The different restaurants and bars have phenomenal food and a fun atmosphere so we always have a good time. Another unique feature about this area is the hidden beauty that is the Wabash and wild cat creek. We love to be outside and explore nature and Lafayette has allowed us to do that while still living in a city. Prior to moving here we had lived in Kentucky for quite some time and werent sure how we would adjust. However we have not only moved here, we have found where we will start a family and a place we can call home. West Lafayette and Lafayette have so many unique features and half the fun is randomly discovering a place you had no idea was there. We would love the opportunity to win this contest because I know that we would enjoy every moment and feature of it. In the midst of moving into a house and working it would be so nice to relax and experience everything these cities have to offer!

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting later this fall that will have an arts and entertainment theme!

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.