Five Free Things to Do this Winter in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Winter in Lafayette is a beautiful snowy landscape! You definitely need to take some time to do these five free things available this season!

1. Christmas tree at the Purdue Memorial Union

IMG_3622Did you know that Purdue is home to the largest Christmas tree in Indiana? The beautifully decorated tree stands in the Great Hall of the Purdue Memorial Union. It magically appears in early December and remains for the holiday season!

2. Holiday Luminaria

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.05.31 PMEach year the community gathers on Ninth Street hill to celebrate the holiday season. The week of Christmas, starting at 6:00 pm the candles are lit and generally will last well into the early morning. Started in 1986, features lighting of the luminaria that line the entire hill with over 500 luminaria (little paper bags with candles)!

3. Sledding on the hill at Purdue’s Slayter Center or Murdock Park


Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors even in the winter? There are two great places to go sledding here in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Slayter Hill is on Purdue’s campus and brings hundreds of students to sled each time it snows. Murdock Park even has a snow machine that helps supplement our own snowfalls!

4. Living Nativity Scene at Faith Church East

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.01.02 PMLiving Nativity Scene  has been a winter favorite in Lafayette since 1990! It is a collection of life-size scenes which reenact the biblical account of creation. You can either drive through or walk through the scenes while listening to the audio accompaniment.  Marvel in the cast of hundreds that put on this production each year!

5. Ice skating


Spend a beautiful, chilly winter day at the Wabash Landing at the Riverside Skating Rink! There is open skating starting in late November to early March. Skating with friends and family is great way to take advantage of the colder weather! The rink has great views of the Wabash River, and access to all of the other shops and restaurants on the Landing!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin!



Five Free Fall Things to Do in West Lafayette!

Whether its exploring the outdoors, playing a game, or learning some history – there is so much to do in West Lafayette! Take advantage of the cool, beautiful fall season and check some of these free activities out!

1. Play Chess at Founder’s Park


Enjoy the cool autumn weather outdoors at Founder’s Park on Purdue’s campus! Nestled amongst the classroom buildings of the school is this park comprised of over two acres of walking, biking, and relaxation opportunities! You can visit the Loeb Fountain which recycles up to 2,200 gallons of water per minute! You can also enjoy a game of chess with a friend on the stone chess tables offered there.

2. Armstrong Hall


Ever wanted to meet Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon? At Neil Armstrong Hall on Purdue’s campus, you have that chance! In front of the building, there is a statue of his likeness, as well as imprints of his shoe prints. Dreamers can come here and imagine themselves becoming an astronaut.

3. Celery Bog


Feel the crunch of the falling leaves under your feet at the Celery Bog in West Lafayette. Hike the trails or stop at the Lily Nature Center to learn more about the wildlife there! Visiting the bog would be a great way to spend the day with your family or on your own!

4. Black Cultural Center

The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. Each season they offer a Cultural Arts Series. For example, last fall the BCC featured book signings, painting galleries, even a lecture from famed Purdue faculty member Roxane Gay.
5. West Lafayette Library

The West Lafayette Public Library is a full service public library serving the residents of West Lafayette, Indiana since 1921. Spend a cool autumn day picking from one of the hundreds of fantastic novels offered here! There’s nothing better than a day spent outdoors reading.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.



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

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

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


“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.




Weekend Update: Spring Fest and Visit from NY Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick

Bug Bowl

Bug Bowl

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.

Where can you find education, entertainment and fun all in one place? Spring Fest is back for another exciting weekend full of animals, art, astronomy, hands-on activities, and more. This Saturday, April 18 and Sunday April 19, head to Purdue University and traverse over 30 different stations of educational fun that include activities such as insect art contests, cricket spitting contests, face-painting, and honey tasting. Come to the Boiler Barnyard to see live animals, sheep shearing demonstrations, and milk a dairy cow. Play animal trivia games, hold a baby chick, and enjoy coloring books. Bring the whole family to create lasting memories!

Make another special memory and meet NY Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick, at the West Lafayette Public Library, this Friday, April 17. Author Marie Bostwick, writer of the Cobbled Court Quilt Series is coming to the library to talk and sign books.  Her newest book, The Second Sister, will be available for purchase.

Please note both of these events are FREE! What a great, inexpensive way to spend your weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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

“Holiday Shopping” Getaway Contest 2013 Details

Grateful Heart Pottery

Grateful Heart Pottery

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Holiday Shopping” Getaway Contest 2013 to our 2 great cities. The competition started on Monday, November 11, and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $800!

  • Enjoy a peaceful rest and wake up in the heart of Purdue University at the Union Club Hotel.
  • Bruno’s is the place around town where everyone goes to enjoy Purdue games, homemade pizzas, Bruno dough, and fabulous customer service.
  • What is better in the fall than a bowl of chili, a chocolate shake, and fries?  Enjoy this and more at Triple XXX/Route 66
  • Looking for a hip and trendy bar that is welcoming and offers excellent food?  Look no further than Red Seven Bar & Grill
  • Kathy’s Kandies creates chocolate turkeys for the Thanksgiving season and also do not miss tasting the novelty suckers at Christmas.
  • Nothing can beat an Arni’s Junior Salad at Arni’s (at Market Square)!  Crisp lettuce, chunks of turkey, tender ham and crumbled mozzarella, radishes, green onions and croutons.
  • Parthenon Greek American Grill, motto is “Freshest Greek in Town, and their homemade gyros do not disappoint!
  • Craving sweet tea, like you can find in the south?  McAlister’s Deli brews some of the best sweet tea around along with deli sandwiches, soups and more.
  • LE Originals offers  beautiful, handmade glass jewelry.  A great holiday gift idea is taking a family photo and Linda can add the image onto a piece of glass and create a necklace out it.
  • A shop full of pottery creations that will add the perfect compliment to any room in your house can be found at Grateful Heart Gallery. It offers anon-site studio where visitors are welcome to watch specialty pieces being created and chat with the artists.
  • Artists’ Own Gallery is not only an art gallery that showcases different exhibits throughout the year, but home to a huge room full of art to purchase from paintings to pottery to handmade scarves.
  • Gretel’s Fine Gifts, is a delightful blend of home decor, clothing accessories, and holiday cheer.  If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, this is the place to shop!
  • Native American jewelry, decor, baskets, etc. can all be found One Earth Gallery.  This shop is special in this area, as it offers a style of decor not found many other places in Lafayette.
  • Randy Ross Custom Framing and Fine Art can take your family photo that is filled with love, sentiment and memories and wrap it and preserve it with a frame that last through generations to come.
  •  Just walking into Walnut Street Traditions makes us smile as the rich smells from their handmade candles makes the senses go wild!
  •  Stall & Kesslers Diamond Center offers every woman a dream come true; a room full of beautiful diamonds!
  •  Main Street Artisans is a place where local artisans can display and sell their wares as well as a gallery for rotating art shows throughout the year.
  • The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra offers visitors a glimpse into magical evenings of music and entertainment.  6 great performances to choose from?  Which will you choose?
  • Prophetstown State Park, home to an adventurous, new water park.  It offers trails where walkers, bikers and runners can check out native habitats such as wetlands, wet slopes called fens, prairie and open woodlands.
  • Want to Howl with the Wolves?  You can at Wolf Park, a park that is home to bison, wolves, foxes and coyotes!

Go to to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 18, 2013 at noon. A Winner will be announced the week of November 25, 2013.

Holiday Shopping Getaway Contest 2013!

Holiday Shopping Getaway Contest 2013! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a weekend away to shop at our eclectic boutiques and eat at our specialty restaurants!  You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $800 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special person/family. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question below)!

Please share why you should win this wonderful package to Lafayette-West Lafayette? 

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply” and we will collect all of them and pick a winner who is enthusiastic about visiting our great cities!

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm. A Winner will be announced the week of November 25, 2013! 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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Happy Labor Day Weekend! Global Fest & Mosey Down Main Street

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Can you believe Labor Day weekend is already upon us?  Where has the summer gone? If you are looking for a host of fun events taking place this upcoming weekend, look no further than Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Global Fest

Global Fest

Celebrate diversity this Saturday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during Global Fest at the Morton Community Center.  Ethnic food, imported handcrafts, free entertainment and cultural booths will highlight this day of fun.  Bring the kids to learn about the diverse cultures our community has to offer and to taste the different selections of ethnic cuisine.

Mosey Down Main Street

Mosey Down Main Street

Come out and celebrate the last Mosey Down Main Street for the summer season this Saturday, August 31, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.  This evening of fun includes three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made Hula hoops, Drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.  The site to watch is the belly dancers as they sway and move to the beat of drummers.  Also, many of the local shops stay open late to give visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase the perfect gift.

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

Romantic Getaway Contest 2013!

Romantic Getaway Contest! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a romantic weekend with your loved one.  You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $600 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special couple. Good luck!

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

Who is the world-renowned golf course designer who designed the Kampen Course at Purdue University?

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!

BrunosEntries will be accepted through Monday, July 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm. A Winner will be announced the week of July 22, 2013! 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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Exciting Things are Happening at Columbian Park Zoo

The Farm

The Family Farm

Visitor Information Specialist, Marlene, shares her fun visit to the Columbian Park Zoo.

I recently visited the Columbian Park Zoo, which is open every day in the summer.  I went first thing in the morning, which proved to be a great time to go, because the animals were out and ready to greet their visitors. I first walked past the Butterfly Garden, which is one of my favorite exhibits! How often do you get to walk into a room full of gorgeous plants and have a ton of beautiful butterflies flutter above your head?

Next I headed for the big red barn that is the Family Farm. I saw three strikingly feathered chickens, a llama, a mini horse, and goats. My favorite goat was this little black and white one that I nick named “Oreo.” He was galloping around and playing with the other baby goats. He decided to pose on a rock so that I could take his picture.

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Next up was the prairie dog exhibit. A couple decided to pop their heads up and check out their surroundings above ground.

On the other side of the walkway, all 3 North American River Otters were out. They were enjoying the warm sun. I almost felt like they were showing off like the animals from the movie “Madagascar.” They decided to jump in the water and swim around for a bit. The otter exhibit has excellent windows so you can see them swim. There is also a tunnel under the water so you feel like you are with the otters while they are swimming.

I walked through the Australia enclosure. I was surprised to see so many wallabies hopping around. I watched a zoo employee cleaning the window while an emu was following her hand with the squeegee on the other side with its head. It was pretty funny to see!



The Spider Monkeys were very fun to watch. If I could have, I would have liked to sit on a bench next to their enclosure and watch them all day. They make all kinds of hooting type sounds and swing from one side of their cage to the other.

My last stop was the Zoo Gift Shop. I looked through all of the adorable stuffed animals and flipped through a few books.

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful zoo in our city. The even better part is that it is FREE!

For more information about this zoo and other fun activities in our area, check out our website at

2013 “Family Fun” Getaway Contest Winner!

We have the winner of our 2013 “Family Fun” Getaway Contest worth over $650!  Congratulations to Neil from Anderson, Indiana! He shares, “Unbelievable!  I attended (and graduated) from Purdue – many years ago and am looking forward to spending some quality time in Lafayette-West Lafayette to see all the changes.”

Neil answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was: “The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon — Historical reenactment featuring traditional crafts, goods, food and life-styles of the 18th century trade period taking place at Fort Ouiatenon, on the banks of the Wabash River. What are the dates of this year’s Feast of the Hunters’ Moon?

ANSWER: October 5 & 6, 2013

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest!

Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting this summer with the theme “Romantic Getaway”.  Check it out in early July!  Please note we will be hosting a few contests on our Facebook and Twitter (@HomeOfPurdue) sites throughout the spring and summer.