Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Spring is Here and We Are Heading to the Celery Bog!

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 Tippecanoe County 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!

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University student, shared this blog.

Golf Stay & Play Packages

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2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard.   Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to 162 holes of championship golf and “stay & play” packages!

Let’s celebrate, it is March 23!  Spring is here meaning our local golf courses are geared up for golfers to come and compete with their friends and family in the traditional sport of golf.  My father, husband and father in-law are all avid golfers.  They are competitive, yet enjoy just going out on the courses, hitting balls and having fun.  They have shared that the courses in the area are enjoyable, yet challenging.  My husband said golf helps him to unwind after a week of busy, stressful work and it gives him a chance to hang out with his buddies and relax.

Our two great cities offer “Stay and Play” golf packages, that create an easy, three step process of booking a fun, golf getaway.  First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf.  Ackerman Hills, Battle Ground Golf Club, Coyote Crossing, Elks Country Club, Harrison Hills and the Kampen Course are all participating golf courses who offer great rates for booking a “stay and play” package.  The second step is picking the hotel that fits the individual or group’s needs.  Golfers can choose from the following hotels: Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn City Centre, Homewood Suites, TownePlace Suites, Purdue Union Club Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton.  The last and final step is calling the hotel of choice and making the reservation.  They will assist in booking tee times for all participants.

Just remember the three step rule; pick your course, pick your hotel, call the hotel to book!  We like to keep things simple and easy in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, to make your visit memorable and fun.

For more information about our golf courses, packages and more please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.