Weekend Update: Art in the Park & Purdue Graduation

19895030_1878575069073464_4835939974774910869_nWeekend 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.

Bring your friends and family to the final Art in the Park event at Armstrong Park this Sunday, August 6. The theme for this fun day is Carnival Day.  Art in the Park festivals showcase local and regional recognized fine arts and crafts, live art, music from local talent, a variety of foods from various vendors and fun activities for the kids—a unique art experience for the entire family! Art in the Park is a family-friendly event, free to attend, and open to the public. Carnival Day will feature stilt walkers and a fire show! Don’t miss it!

Engineering FountainCongratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual graduation procession this Saturday, August 5. The class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

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




2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Recreation Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Recreation Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our great parks, trails, sporting facilities and more.

Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017recreationguide.

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Explore Celery Bog This Spring

Celery Bog ChapmanSpring is finally here, and I can honestly say that I’m not looking back! As a student, you learn to appreciate even a slight increase of temperature as you walk from class-to-class nearly every day. The winter has given me a bad case of cabin fever and bitterness towards Mother Nature, but the change of seasons has left me with spring fever, and I now look forward to the adventures this spring will bring!

James Chapman - Celery BogOne of my first stops this spring will be a trip to the beautiful Celery Bog located in West Lafayette. It’s just a hop and skip away from my neighborhood, and I enjoy walking the paths that lead to the park as well as the actual park trails themself. The warmer the weather, the more I find myself more dedicated to go out for physical activity. The Celery Bog is hands-down one of my favorite locations in all of Lafayette-West Lafayette to go on a nice, refreshing run. There are numerous trails to choose from with stunning scenic views. Around every winding corner is a breath of fresh air and nature scenes. Looking for a time of relaxation? The Celery Bog offers tranquil atmospheres to those who need more leisure in their life. Along the trails, you can find frequent benches to take a seat and soak it all in. I even recommend bringing a book on a nice day. Keep your eye out for the cute and welcoming wildlife that resides within the bog’s woodlands such as adorable squirrels, rabbits, birds, and more!

IMG_7400Speaking of animals, the Celery Bog is an excellent park to bring your furry four-legged friends! Although it sounds funny to most, I often take my precious cat, Simba, for walks throughout the trails. I am not ashamed to admit that I am one of those “crazy cat ladies!” Ever since Simba was a kitten, I’ve taken him outside so he doesn’t learn to fear the outdoors. With a name such as “Simba,” he must live up to his exotic title after all (or so I tell myself)! I often see many other pet owners walking their dogs throughout the beautiful landscape, but I have yet to see another cat. I encourage all animal owners to bring their furry companions for an energizing day outdoors this spring!

SONY DSCThe Celery Bog is also a great place to bring the whole family! Bring a blanket for a lovely picnic in the open landscape featured by the parking lot or throw a football or Frisbee for a fun game that gets you out and moving! The Celery Bog also hosts a variety of events and workshops in their Lilly Nature Center to educate those of all ages about nature-like topics such as birds, bugs, geology, nature photography, and so much more!  Keep your eye on our online calendar of events for upcoming workshops and educational opportunities held at Lilly Nature Center.

IMG_7402The winter is finally behind us, and we get to look forward to brighter days. Break out of the cabin fever mentality and look for ways to spend your free time outdoors. It seems like it has been far too long since I’ve been able to enjoy the weather. I hope to see many of you at the Celery Bog! Cat lovers: start bringing your cats! Simba needs to make some friends. Enjoy the weather everyone!

For more information about this park and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Kaley, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Graduate, shared this blog.



Halloween Classic, Boo at the Zoo

p1030521Boo! Halloween is almost here and we are frightfully excited for Boo at the Zoo! On October 26-28, this “hauntingly-friendly” event is back for another awesome year of scares and laughter. Boo at the Zoo is perfect for pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kid’s costume contest, fun games, cockroach painting, Mad Scientist Laboratory, and the Enchanted Train Ride. Live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides also add to the family event.

p1030524This special event has been on my Halloween bucket list since my daughter was born 3 years. We have waited until she is a little older to take her, but this is the year and we are so excited.  Friends have shared it is one of the best events hosted by the Lafayette Parks Department and is so much fun! I don’t have a personal review (that will come next year), but as a mother, I can’t wait for my little one to enjoy this spectacular spooky event!


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



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!




Bright reds, orange and yellow leaves!

Bright reds, orange and yellow leaves!

The Wildcat!

The Wildcat!

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

Be Lazy this Labor Day Weekend!

Lazy River at Tropicanoe Cove

Lazy River at Tropicanoe Cove

Happy Labor Day Weekend! If you are as stunned as we are that it is already Labor Day weekend, please reply to this blog and share with us what has happened to summer? We want to know! Ha! The summer here in Lafayette-West Lafayette has been a fun one, yet it seems as though each year speeds by quicker than the last. If only we could freeze time! On that note, I thought it would be fun to put a list of lazy activities that will hopefully make time go a bit slower and allow you to really relax and enjoy everything Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has to offer!  Enjoy!

What is more relaxing than floating on a lazy river? Two of our area outdoor water parks, Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center and Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park, both feature lazy rivers that are begging for people to be lazy and float through them! All you have to do is grab an inner tube, walk in the water, and float. All your worries seem to disappear as the sun shines, the water flows and all one hears is laughter and happiness around.

opentableMaybe water parks aren’t your thing? No problem! We have a plethora of local parks where you can grab a book, pack a lunch and pick the perfect tree to sit under and read the afternoon away. Personally, I have a little one year old, and since having her I have to share reading has become a challenge with her running this way and that! But the idea of picking out my favorite novel and reading all afternoon sounds amazing! This most likely will not happen for a few years until she is a bit older, but it doesn’t mean we can’t experience this as a family. We can pick out her favorite books as she loves to read, and can enjoy the day all together! Happy Hollow Park is right in our backyard and a picnic, an hour of reading and a walk in its wooded trails will be a fun, family experience.




Shopping! This could be a controversial topic as to whether this is a lazy activity or not. I think shopping when you have a ton of gifts you have to buy and are on a time crunch can be a bit unnerving. But to just take a day and walk up and down Main Street in Lafayette, just for the fun of it with no shopping agenda in mind, is fun! Recently, I took a friend and we did this. We caroused the shops, ate at one of my local, favorite French restaurants, Bistro 501, and even bought a few gifts for birthdays coming up this fall. I love finding the perfect gift months early so I do not have to last minute scramble trying to find a present. In some ways I am relieving future stress by this relaxing, lazy day of shopping!

We hope this Labor Day weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana; you truly can rest, relax and find happiness. For more information about our area please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Summer Movies Series & Two Local Running Events

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.

Join the festivities on Memorial Island, in historic Columbian Park, for the City of Lafayette Parks & Recreation Department’s Summer Movies Series this Friday, May 30 at 6:30pm. The evening will include art education outreach for kids and the movie, Finding Nemo (a favorite of many!). This special night will be the first of a monthly movie series, taking place all summer long!  Enjoy the park, a great movie and please note this is a FREE event!

There are not one but two running events taking place this Saturday, May 31!  You can have the opportunity to run or walk in either the Scout About 5K/10K Run or the Legal Aid 5K Trail Run. The Scout About 5K/10K Run is taking place at the Purdue West Shopping Center. This event not only will get your heart rate pumping, but also is a great way to support our troops! The Legal Aid 5K Trail Run, taking place at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, gives participants another avenue to support a local group.  Come out and enjoy a beautiful course, good health, camaraderie, refreshments, t-shirts, awards and more. It’s a day of health, fitness and community outreach!

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

Spring is here- Explore Armstrong Park!

Kristine, Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shares her exploration of Armstrong Park!Armstrong park_Dan Hester

Spring is here and that means plenty of time to get outside and explore our great cities! Grab the kids, friends, or your loyal family pet and pile into the car to take a quick drive to one of the most popular parks in our area! Armstrong Park is a beautiful 30-acre park named after the astronaut and Purdue alumni, Neil Armstrong. Armstrong Park is conveniently located on 9th Street and Beck Lane. It features several amenities that make it an ideal spot to enjoy the lovely springtime weather.Fish Armstrong Park Dan Hester

The focal point of the park is a quiet pond that is home to plenty of fish, ducks, and turtles. It’s a common practice among locals to bring fishing poles down to the water’s edge and practice a little fishing. Encircling the pond is a paved trail that makes working some exercise into your schedule a “walk in the park.” Armstrong Park also sports five tennis courts, three youth baseball fields, and several basketball courts. Kids can also enjoy monkeying around on the multi-age playground while mom and dad admire areas dedicated to the preservation of Indiana’s’ native plant life. And no more worrying about potty-breaks! Armstrong Park has public restrooms that ensure your party will be comfortable when they rent out a picnic shelter to celebrate a birthday or sporting event.

Armstrong Park is also home to Castaway Bay, a family-friendly aquatic center to check out during those scorching summer months! All these things and more make Armstrong Park the ideal place to host an event, party, or to just hang out!

For more information about this park and others in our area, check our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.