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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Fall Equals Outdoor Adventure at Clegg Memorial Garden

4It’s fall! Fall equals outdoor adventure and a visit to Clegg Memorial Garden must be added to your “Fall Adventure To Do” list this year. With the bright orange and red leaves, views of the windy Wildcat Creek, and over two miles of well-marked trails, you will have fun hiking this beautiful property. To those who hear hiking and think rough terrain and steep slopes, please note I would rate Clegg as a beginner to intermediate trail. The trails have soft slopes and are more windy than steep and difficult.  

Photos can express, more than words, the beauty of Clegg Memorial Gardens so please enjoy these images as much as we do! Happy fall!

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Bright reds, orange and yellow leaves!

Bright reds, orange and yellow leaves!

The Wildcat!

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3Whether 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 outdoor attraction and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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.

Exploration Acres and The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

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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 and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

 

This weekend marks the end of the fall festivities at Exploration Acres.  This year has been an exciting year at the 18 acre corn maze with the introduction of a few new attractions; the Gem Mine, Pony Rides, and Pumpkin Decorating/ Race.   A Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette staff member shared she took her granddaughter to visit this year, and she was so excited to ride on the little ponies.  Better yet, this little girl is very artsy and used her skills to create a pumpkin decorated with stickers and colorful markers.  The family all joined in the fun and ventured into the 18 acre corn maze.  They got lost only a dozen times but came out laughing and excited about the rewards from local businesses they received by finding the different stations along the way.  Do not miss out this family fun activity this weekend.  (It won’t be back until next August!)

If you are in the mood for a fright this Friday and Saturday, look no further than “The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story” presented by the Lafayette Civic Theatre.  This frightening play will have you at the edge of your seat in suspense.  A lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies!  Does this sound terrifying or what!?

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

“Day of Relaxation and Fun” Contest to Lafayette-West Lafayette

CONGRATS to Ron from Fishers, Indiana who won this prize!!  Ron shared, “I know my wife will be very excited when I tell her that we have won these prizes.  She has been wanting to explore Lafayette.   There are so many wonderful things that we have wanted to do in Lafayette.”

Do you ever need a day to relax, have fun and be entertained?  You can enter to win a “Day of relaxation and fun”” worth around $200 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our fall fun!  Our local restaurants, attractions, and a spa have donated fun gifts to one special winner.  You can start your day getting a manicure at Genevee’s Studio, enjoy recreational activities at Wolf Park and Prophetstown in the afternoon, and complete the day with a performance at the Long Center.  There are also great food and beverage stops along the way. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

What is Indiana’s newest state park?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply” and we will collect  all of them and pick a winner who answers correctly at random.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 22, 2012 at noon. A Winner will be announced the week of October 22!  Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment”.  Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

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Rock Out for Autism: Cornerstone Fall Festival & “LSO Out of Town”

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 and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s a weekend of musical arts!  Enjoy a night of music this Saturday, September 29, at the “Rock Out for Autism: Cornerstone Fall Festival“.  This special event takes place at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and is a concert event to celebrate the lives touched by Autism. The money raised will benefit children & families affected by Autism in Indiana. The musical line-up is full of favorites that include the Clayton Miller Band, Roman Candle, Keegan Dewitt and the Wild Cub.  There are so many great activities planned around this fall festival that include Ride for Autism taking place Saturday morning and Family Fun for Autism taking place Sunday morning.  Please make note the Boilermaker Special will be making a stop and giving kids and adults a fun ride during Family Fun for Autism.

More musical entertainment takes place at the Rohrman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday evening.  Our own Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is traveling to perform “LSO Out of Town”.   The Orchestra will welcome selected local high school musicians to perform side-by-side with their principal players and will feature the winners of the 2012 Keller Competition, Jeff H.S. Varsity Singers, and much more!   It is so rewarding to know we live in an area that embraces our youth to take part in the arts and to be able to learn from our masterful musicians that have years of knowledge and experience.

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

Battle Ground Club Golf

Happening Now!  Right now, the talk around town is about this wonderful cooler fall weather that is perfect for a day out on the golf course at Battle Ground Golf Club.

As many of you know that read this blog or to those new readers, I am not an avid golfer.  My best friend and I joined the boy’s golf team in high school our freshman year.  (There was not a girl’s team because our school was so small and we didn’t have enough participation.)  I learned during that season that golf takes patience, endurance and drive.  I have the drive, but sadly not the patience!  But I do remember how much fun I had hanging out with my friends and trying to learn.  I even got to compete in a few competitions, and not to brag, but I beat a few guys!

My husband has been begging me to go golfing with him.  One of his favorite courses is the Battle Ground Golf Club.  He has tried everything from cajoling to bribing me to play.  He cajoles by sharing that playing at Battle Ground is challenging (which I love challenges) but is a fair course, which is perfect because I have not played since I was a teenager. Marc also said the people that work at the course are always friendly and they keep the course in great condition. He shared it is a fun course that is affordable and when I hear the word “affordable“, I get excited!  I have not said yes to a golf outing, but he definitely is starting to persuade me by sharing how great this course is.  I have also seen photos of the grounds, and it looks so beautiful.  I think just going along to watch and cheer (and drive the golf cart) would be a lot of fun!  I will keep you posted!

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 golf course and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Historic Prophetstown – Kick-off to Fall!

Fun at the Farm!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many fun fall events planned at Historic Prophetstown this year.  It may only be September 4, but fall is right around the corner! With that said, there are a host of fabulous activities taking place at Historic Prophetstown for you and your family that will have you laughing and smiling all weekend long.

This weekend I feel is the kick-off to fall at Historic Prophetstown.  The event schedule starts this Friday, September 7, with the 2nd Annual Invitational Horse Pull.  The sport of horse pulling is populated by equine athletes who have been trained and conditioned to compete against other teams. The team that pulls the most weight the full distance wins.  Bring your lawn chairs and pick a favorite team to cheer on.  Following the competition, put on your dancing shoes, for the annual Barn Dance.  Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band with Barry Rubin calling the dance will entertained the crowds.  This night of dancing has been known to really get people’s feet moving and hips shaking!

The fun continues onto Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, with the County Fair.  Visitors can browse and shop the gift shop and a bake sale will have hosted offering the perfect sweet treat. Kids and adults can also visit the farm animals and take a ride on the trolley ride around the farm. Do not miss the hog roast Saturday night where a whole country spread will be offered.  The Hazelnuts String Band will be performing to offer a nice tune to the evening.

There are a slew of fun opportunities coming this fall at Historic Prophetstown from Corn Harvest, October 8 and 9, to the Prophetstown State Park Fall Festival taking place October 26 through the 28.  This festival will feature a Halloween costume contest, campsite contest, pumpkin carving contest, haunted trails, chili supper, and intrepretive seminars.  Every day through the end of October (open Monday-Friday, November-March) people can stop by the farm to watch the cows being milked twice a day or to pet the Belgian horses.  Most children love Molly, the farm dog who is gentle and sweet.  Molly loves to jump on the trolley with the kids and go for a ride around the farm, or she can be found taking a nap in the shade!   In addition, if you enjoy visiting historical homes, you can also tour a replica Sears Roebuck and Company catalog farmhouse.

Historic Prophetstown is not to be missed on your next visit to our area.  For more information about this state park and additional historical sites in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com