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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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.