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.

Rachel, Purdue University Graduate, shares this blog.

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Games Galore at Merlin’s Beard

IMG_6929Games galore! Merlin’s Beard is a new and unique attraction to the Lafayette area. With over 250 games to choose from, there is a game for everyone!

Located at the heart of downtown Lafayette on Main Street, Merlin’s Beard is fun for any age. For $5 a person, you, your friends and family can enjoy access to an unlimited number of different board games. Chill for the afternoon or play all day, either way it is just $5 a person. We played a card game about exploding kittens while the people next to us played an hour-long strategy game. Games are available for all skill levels and time schedules.

IMG_6931The beer selection also makes Merlin’s unique. I tried a cinnamon and molasses beer I had never heard of before and loved it! For about five dollars per glass there are beers on tap and in bottles. Wine slushies and non-alcoholic drinks are also available.

The food selection is simple and delicious. Different sandwiches are available panini style served with chips and pickles. I enjoyed a pizza sandwich along with my beer.

IMG_6937Get there early as the place fills up with adventurous gamers! Tables are easily moved around to accommodate groups of all sizes. Bring your date, hang with your roommate between studying or gather your family for a unique and affordable experience in downtown Lafayette! From family-friendly to strategy to party games, Merlin’s has something for everyone.

For more information about this attraction and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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60 Minutes; Mission: Breakout

Sadly, we lost...

Sadly, we lost…

You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Players are “locked” in a themed room and must work together with other players to solve clues, to work on puzzles, and to find the key to breakout before time runs out! Think you’ve got what it takes? Give one of their three uniquely themed rooms a try. It’s fun and addicting!

img_2759Going into the Sherlock’s Study themed room, I was very nervous about what to expect. I had no experience with escape rooms and was curious about how it would work. I’m happy to report that the rooms are not scary in any way; they’re just a test of your problem-solving skills. In our hour, we found clues and solved riddles to try and find our breakout key. Alas, we did not win the game. Our team got to the very last clue, which was a combination lock to the box that held our breakout key, but unfortunately time ran out. We were so close! But, we didn’t let that get us down. In fact, the success rate for Sherlock’s Study escape room is only 29%, which made us feel better that we weren’t part of a minority that didn’t escape in the hour. I look forward to my next visit to Mission: Breakout where my team and I will hopefully win the game and break out in time.

img_2760The three rooms that you can choose from when booking your visit are: Bank Heist (recommended for 2-6 players), Sherlock’s Study (recommended for 2-10 players), and Apocalypse (recommended for 4-10 players). Mission: Breakout even specializes in team-building and corporate retreats. My experience with the escape room was a very positive one; I can’t wait to try another room soon! We built some team skills all while having a blast. If you’re looking for a group activity, look no further than Mission: Breakout!

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, Bailey, shares this blog.  For more information about this attraction and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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“The Zoo” Outdoor Art Exhibit

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the area’s newest outdoor art exhibit, “The Zoo”. This attraction draws everyone from art aficionados to those who love whimsy!  The pure splendor of these art pieces is something not to be missed. If you are looking for a fun activity this July 4th holiday, head to the Moses Fowler House and check out 22 life-sized animals sculpted from recycled materials. This special art exhibit is not to be missed!  “The Zoo” art is the work of artist Dale Teachout, a top finalist for the Grand Rapids Art Prize 2014. The exhibit runs June 5- September 8, 2015. Here is a short preview of photos to entice you!

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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 art exhibit and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014 Details!

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014 to our 2 great cities.  The competition started on Monday, September 15, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $500!

  • Guests will receive top-notch service at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette where you can make yourself at home in one of their spacious suites offering a fully equipped kitchen and indulge in a hot full breakfast.
  • Enjoy history, culture and wood smoked, authentic food at the annual “Feast of the Hunters’ Moon“!
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” This saying can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salad, garlic bread and more!
  •  Bruno’s is famous for its “Bruno Dough” but even better yet is the friendly wait staff who make your visit fun and relaxing.  They have every kind of pizza pie from pepperon, deluxe to peanut butter and jelly!
  •  Triple XXX or Route 66 offers some of the best burgers (The Duane Purvis All American is a fave!) in the nation in a retro style diner atmosphere. Don’t miss all the fun jewelry, handbags, specialty candy and more at Route 66!
  • World famous coney dogs, homemade root beer in specialty frosted mugs and a special pledge to always offer the quality, service and cleanliness to every customer from the staff can be found at Dog N’ Suds.
  • What is better than a box of homemade decadent chocolates?  NOTHING!  Kathy’s Kandies is making a specialty box just for you.
  • Fiber / fabric wall art, fine porcelain & stoneware pottery, hand-made ‘Green Gifts’ and much, much more can be purchased a Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts where 5 area residents present their craft.
  • An exceptional laser tag, awesome arcade games, good food and great experiences can all be found at Skate America.
  • Two Tulips offers shoppers everything from darling children’s clothes and piggy banks, specialty stationary, to fun decorative gifts for the home.
  • One Earth Gallery & Gifts is rich in jewelry that is handmade with natural materials by Native American jewelers.  Also note, this shop offers baskets, pottery, coffee, etc.
  • Prophetstown State Park is hosting this fall the 5th Annual Trail of Scarecrows so make sure you visit to vote for your favorite scarecrow!
  • Howl with the wolves at Wolf Park and see all the different animals; coyotes, foxes, & bison.
  • Enjoy exploring our beautiful outdoors on a bike from Virtuous Cycles and take in the beauty of fall colors!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=5423 to sign up!  Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 22, 2014 at noon. A Winner will be announced the week of September 29, 2014.

Columbian Park Zoo Opens April 19!

columbianparkzoo_dDo you know what time it is?! It is springtime and that means flowers are blooming, daylight is lasting well into the evening, and best of all, the Columbian Park Zoo is opening for the season! The doors to the zoo will open at 10 a.m. on April 19, 2014, to the excitement of children and adults.  Do not miss heading to this fun, FREE attraction in Lafayette, Indiana this spring season.

Columbian Park Zoo; it is an attraction that brings happiness to my heart! Over the years, I have visited this destination, and every visit brings something new and fun to explore. I love to pet the animals at the Family Farm, watch the monkeys swing around and communicate in their own special language, and check out the tortoises sleep the afternoon away. One of my favorite exhibits at the zoo is the Butterfly Gardens. Bright, lovely butterflies fly all throughout the exhibit. It is like being in a spring wonderland full of butterflies, flowers, and joy. This spring is even more special because I had a little baby girl last summer, and this will be her first visit. I know she will squeak with happiness and wonder when we enter the zoo!

SONY DSCWe can’t head to Columbian Park without a stop by The Original Frozen Custard, across the street. Some may call me boring, but a small twist (1/2 chocolate, 1/2 vanilla) cone is the perfect compliment to the day. It is so refreshing and creamy! Plus, what is better than a day full of family fun and special treats? Nothing!

Throughout the year, Columbian Park Zoo, hosts many exciting special events. This summer, they will host the Zoo Run Run 5K, which offers a fun, inexpensive way to get your family up and moving. Boo at the Zoo, a “hauntingly-friendly” event is not to be missed in the fall.  Check their website, http://www.lafayette.in.gov/zoo/, for more details.

For more information about this attraction and more in our area, please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com