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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Celebrate Your Special Event at Purdue Union

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2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!    Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to the Purdue Memorial Union, which not only showcases our beautiful university, but offers a gorgeous venue to host a special event!

A few years ago, two of my family’s greatest friends, Aaron and Sherri, hosted a wedding celebration that will stay in my memory forever and is ultimately the best wedding I have ever attended.  Aaron is from Madison, Wisconsin, and Sherri is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and they met while attending Purdue University seven years ago.  They made so many wonderful memories at college, that when it came to deciding the location, Purdue was at the top of their list.  They met with the staff at the Union, and shared the professionalism, friendliness and confidence they portrayed along with the beauty of the venue assisted in making their final decision.  Once the decision was made, they said a great relief hit them, because the Union made the event planning process a breeze by taking charge of all the little and big details of this special day.  They were also living in Saint Louis at the time starting new careers, and having a venue that had a lot of experience hosting large events was a desired requirement!

Their wedding was amazing and truthfully after over 20 weddings my husband and I have attended in the last 6 years, the best!  (Possibly even more fabulous than our own!  Ha!)  The food was absolutely delicious from the assortment of cheese, fruits, and vegetables they served as an appetizer, to juicy, rich pork tenderloin with roasted red potatoes and seasoned green beans as the entree.  The sauce over the pork tenderloin was smoky, yet smooth.  It was also piping hot!  How many times have you been to a wedding and ate rubbery, cold chicken?  This meal had nothing rubbery about it!

They were married in the South Ballroom at the Union which is beautiful.  Stained glass windows, dark wood, ceilings that feel like they reach the sky; what could be better?  Aaron and Sherri love music, and they hired a band from Indiana to play. My husband literally had to drag me off the large dance floor at the end of the evening!

The ultimate best part of the evening was the service.  The Purdue Memorial Union hires college staff, and I want to share they were not only friendly, but as the saying goes, “on the ball”.  From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted, our drinks were always filled throughout the night, and all requests were met immediately.  If there is an award for service, I hope their staff gets top honors, because they deserve it.  I highly recommend checking out the Purdue Memorial Union for your next event!

For more information about this venue and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com