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

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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

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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

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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.

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Weekend Update: Wines on the Wabash & Gospel Meets Symphony

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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Join us for the 14th annual Wines on the Wabash wine and beer tasting event benefiting Wabash Center on Friday, April 8 at the Purdue Memorial Union. Wines on the Wabash will showcase over a 100 different wines from international, national, and Indiana vintages as well as many micro brew and import beers. In addition to the plethora of wine and beer, the event will feature a chance to win a diamond valued at $1,000 courtesy of Stall and Kessler, 50/50 drawings, plenty of hors d’oeruves, an electronic silent auction to keep things interesting, and to commemorate the evening don’t forget to take home your 2016 Wines on the Wabash souvenir wine glass.  Tickets are $50 per person (you must be 21 years of age or older to attend).

Back by popular demand, the Black Voices of Inspiration and Purdue’s Black Cultural Center partner with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable and powerful evening of song. Gospel Meets Symphony celebrate the incredible talent that brings Lafayette together and puts the ‘unity’ back in community. This unified event takes place at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 9.

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

Weekend Update: Germanfest & Friends and Family Day at Purdue Black Cultural Center

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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 events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 6, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

More music can be found during the “Friends and Family Day” at the Purdue Black Cultural Center on Saturday, September 6. Bacchanal Steel Band will bring the sounds of the Caribbean to the Purdue Black Cultural Center. Participate in “hands on” exploration of traditional carnival dance, mask making, music and storytelling. The only requirement for guests; make sure you bring your creativity and imagination to participate!

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