Weekend Update: Purdue’s Annual Summer Concert Series & Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run

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.

Please join the musical fun at Purdue’s Annual Summer Concert Series this Friday, July 14. This week’s free concert is featuring the band: Traveling Broke and Out of Gas.  This event is held on the Purdue Union Front Lawn.  Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30p.m. with live music from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be setup, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blanket. There is no rain location this year, so if inclement weather, event will be cancelled and announced on the Purdue Student Union Board Facebook page.  The series is sponsored by the Purdue Federal and the Purdue Memorial Union.

Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run

The following morning, gather your family and friends for the annual Zoo Run Run on Saturday, July 15. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents!  Do you have a favorite zoo animal? If so, share!

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

What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 2

Thanks for joining on my adventure beyond Purdue! On Monday, I shared our morning and early afternoon tour through Lafayette-West Lafayette.  But the day was stocked full of more fun through the afternoon. Check this out!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

So many great farmers market items - Weathered Plow!

So many great farmers market items – Weathered Plow!

Weathered Plow Veggies, fruit, seasonings, bulk food, and deli sandwiches – all this and more at this local Farmers Market. Everything looked so fresh and organic! We walked through the aisles of the Weathered Plow wanting to buy everything! My coworker even purchased a Sweet Potato Succulent plant to decorate her home.

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

Downtown Lafayette There is so much to see and do in Downtown Lafayette. We have shops, restaurants, art galleries, everything to keep Lafayette residents and visitors entertained. There is art and jewelry to view and purchase at places like Artists’ Own and LE Originals. Enjoy candy and a soda from one of the oldest operating soda fountains in the Midwest at McCord Candies. Sample and purchase bottles of wine at Cellar 422. Stock up on your crafting supplies at River Knits! We loved strolling down the main streets of the downtown districts and taking in all that our city offers. I could go on and on about all of the things located downtown Lafayette.

Haan Mansion The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was one of our favorite sites of the day! The mansion has a rich history and was originally built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Today it is filled with important and rare art from Indiana artists such as T.C. Steele, as well as gorgeous antique furniture. Climb up the staircases draped in classic red carpet, and visit the uniquely furnished and decorated bedrooms. We had a wonderful time

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

viewing all of the art on the walls of the mansion and the pottery/ceramics. Campus life often lacks artistic activities and exhibitions, and I think that a visit here would definitely fill that need!

Columbian Park & Zoo Free to the public, this zoo is a great spot for students low on cash. It opened in 1908 and today it houses prairie dogs, otters, bald eagles, emus, wallabies, llamas, goats, and many other animals. Visitors and students can come here to take a break from work and school life and to see the great variety of exhibits housed at the Columbian Park Zoo. This will also give them an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation efforts. We had a great time on this warm day seeing all of the animals, even a wallaby with a baby still in her pouch!

Can you guess this animal?

Can you guess this animal?

Igloo Frozen Custard We finished the day off by enjoying frozen custard from the Igloo. The first Igloo opened in 1932 in Lafayette. They’ve been serving the community for decades and they sure know what they’re doing! It was refreshing and cooling after a long day in the sun.

I never knew how much the Lafayette area had to offer! Now that I have experienced just a sample of what happens in our community outside of campus, I know that I will have a richer and more fulfilling experience while studying here at Purdue. I hope by sharing the things I saw on this fun and exciting day, that I will encourage everyone to get off campus and see all that the Greater Lafayette area has to offer. Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Taste of Purdue

Purdue’s campus is not only home to many famous scholars and outstanding athletes, but also home to some of the best food in the state. Now that classes are out for the summer, I felt it was perfect timing for a taste of Purdue day! I decided to take a whole day to enjoy some of Purdue’s most famous eats.

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

My first stop was at Triple XXX Family Restaurant on State Street. Triple XXX is not only a Purdue tradition, but a tradition for many throughout the country. Food Network’s Guy Fieri brought his show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and had a taste of Triple XXX himself. As if that fun fact isn’t impressive enough, MSNBC crowned The Triple XXX Best Diner in the state of Indiana and USA Today added their burger to the 50 Best Burgers List. The burgers aren’t the only thing Triple XXX is known for, Thrillist crowned the Triple XXX root beer as the most iconic soft drink in the state of Indiana. Of course I can’t forget to mention the always incredible Triple XXX breakfast. I decided to try the Drew Bree’s First Choice which included two eggs, choice of chicken fried steak or their signature 100% ground sirloin, fried potatoes or hash browns, 2 buttermilk biscuits & sausage gravy. This was the perfect way to start off my taste of Purdue day. I didn’t leave hungry, that’s for sure. (Please note State Street in front of Triple XXX is under construction, so please check http://statestreetwl.com for traffic and construction updates.)

 

Greyhouse Coffee2015My next stop was right up the road at Greyhouse Coffee. Even after enjoying a hearty breakfast at Triple XXX, I couldn’t fight off my cravings for a hand crafted cinnamon latte. I ordered my latte and found myself a comfy chair to read a book and enjoy my drink. Greyhouse coffee is unbeatable and easily one of the most popular study spots on campus. The environment is unlike any other coffee shop on campus, which always draws me in when I need a nice quiet place to study. The service is great and Greyhouse is always full of friendly faces. I left Greyhouse satisfied and happy.

Bruno's Pizza

Bruno’s Pizza

By dinner time, I was starving and ready for something filling and tasty, so I found my way to Bruno’s! I started out with an order of Bruno Dough with a cup of cheese. Bruno dough is deep fried pizza dough brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with garlic butter. YUM! Although the Bruno Dough was delicious and filling, I still ordered myself a small pepperoni pizza. Bruno’s pizza is unlike any other pizza in the area. It has its own unique look and flavor that everyone is sure to enjoy.

I am an ice cream lover and my taste of Purdue day wouldn’t be complete without it. I made my way across the road to the Silver Dipper. The Silver Dipper is a classic ice cream shop that has been around since 2001. There’s a flavor for everyone, as this shop offers around 40 flavors of ice cream! On this particular visit, I decided to have a waffle cone full of munchie madness ice cream. In case you’re wondering exactly what the munchie madness entails, it is a sweet cake batter ice cream swirled with a salted caramel ripple and brimming with Oreos, M&M pieces and peanut butter cups. All of life’s sweetest treats in one cone, my dream come true!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Well, did I make you hungry? All of these spots offer a large variety of food options at reasonable prices. Purdue is a great campus for foodies of any age. Whether you’re planning a summer visit to campus, meeting friends for lunch, or just on a foodie adventure, you are sure to love all of these fantastic tastes of Purdue!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.  For more information about these restaurants and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides have arrived! Learn about our attractions, restaurants, arts and culture, Purdue and more! Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017-18lafayettevisitorsguide.

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Fun, Food, Fests Contest 2017 Details

Fun Food Fests FB postWe are celebrating tourism with our Fun, Food, Fests Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Hilton Garden Inn: Open, airy, and comfortable – you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep in one of Hilton Garden Inn’s guests rooms.
  • Bruno’s: Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th anniversary last year and is known for their famous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand tossed pizzas!
  • Triple XXX: Located halfway up Chauncey Hill, lies a Purdue University tradition. Triple XXX is one of the most historic landmark restaurants in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Founded in 1929, Triple XXX is known for their delicious root beer!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Chocolate truffles, cake balls, artisan chocolates; these are just a few items Kathy’s Kandies bakes in her specialty candy shop, located downtown Lafayette.
  • Arni’s: To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional. Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area. This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Parthenon: Serving up homemade gyros, hummus and baklava since 1980, Parthenon is the perfect place to get your Greek fix!
  • East End Grill: East End Grill, Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Igloo: The Igloo Frozen Custard takes you back in time with their famous frozen custard, fruit drinks, and flavored sodas. Visit to try your favorite flavor and experience the old time diner atmosphere.
  • Prophetstown State Park: Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park offers hiking and biking trails and is home to The Farm.
  • Farm at Prophetstown: The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • Merlin’s Beard: Games 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!
  • Monster Mini Golf: Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow in the dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are some arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball. While there are monsters all around the course, none of them jump out at you!
  • Tropicanoe Cove: Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove.
  • Taste of Tippecanoe: Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 17th!
  • Haan Mansion: Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Fiddlers’: Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp, and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic, and ethnic music during the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering.
  • Wolf Park: Howl, laugh and watch as the wolves interact with each other. Don’t miss checking out the bison, coyotes and foxes at Wolf Park!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.  Good luck!

Weekend Update: Purdue Grand Prix & Purdue Bands Showcase

grandprix_dWeekend 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.

grandprix_bNot to be missed this Saturday, April 22, is “The greatest spectacular in College Racing,” the Purdue Grand Prix Race!  This event is a racing kart race held at Purdue University each year since 1958. Students from fraternities, sororities, residence halls, and other student organizations form teams and build a racing kart to compete in a 160-lap race around the Purdue University Grand Prix track. This year, in honor of the Grand Prix’s 60th Anniversary, two Alumni Races will also be held, where Grand Prix Alumni can return and race their original karts once again. Both will be featured on April 22, 2017. The Grand Prix is one of the most beloved Purdue University traditions and is a must-see year after year!

More Purdue traditions are to be celebrated this year at the Purdue University Showcase Concerts presented by Purdue Bands. Purdue Wind Ensemble, University Band, Concert Band, Collegiate Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Purdue Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras all perform! Wow, that is a lot of musical talent and fun coming this weekend to Purdue. Check out Purdue.edu/bands for details!

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

Weekend Update: Maple Sugar Days & TEDXPURDUEU

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.

Maple Sugaring Demonstration at Prophetstown

Maple Sugaring Demonstration at Prophetstown

Join everyone from noon to 4pm March 25th and 26th at the Native American village at Prophetstown State Park for the fourth annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration. Visitors will see, smell, and taste history during this event.  Woodland Indian Educational Program presenters, Jessica and Mark Eaton, will demonstrate historic Native American-style maple sugaring techniques using clay vessels, hot stone boiling, and evaporation in metal kettles.  Help stir the sap, tend the fire, taste the treats, and more.

In celebration of Maple Sugar Days, stop at The Farm at Prophetstown for maple treats on Friday, March 25. They will have maple fudge and their very own, maple bacon popcorn for guests to purchase.  Maple leaf coloring sheets will be available for kids. Explore The Farm and check out Maple Sugaring in the park. On Saturday, March 26, stop at The Farm and make your own maple leaf from clay. Take home your work and turn your maple leaf into a keep sake.  This is a great activity for children!

This Friday, March 25, be prepared to be inspired at TEDXPURDUEU, taking place at Loeb Playhouse. This event is an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, using storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation through sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni, and community members with the global TED community. At TEDxPurdueU, several live speakers from diverse fields and schools of thought, such as history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business, and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners.

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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.

Great Indoor Recreation Activities This Winter!

Elite Air

Elite Air

Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean there is nothing to do around Lafayette-West Lafayette! Here’s a list of great indoor activities around the city to enjoy.

Bowling Fever!

Bowling Fever!

Bowling: We have 4 great bowling centers that are family friendly and always a good time.

  • Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl
  • Market Square Lanes
  • Landmark Lanes
  • Union Rack & Roll

Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park: Trampolines are everywhere here along with some obstacle courses and multiple foam pits.

Elite Air Trampoline Park: Come enjoy not only wall to wall trampolines but also dodgeball, slam dunk courts, a giant air bag, and more.

Climb Lafayette: This indoor rock climbing facility offers a great rock climbing experience for climbers of all skill levels.

Climb Lafayette

Climb Lafayette

Purdue Athletics: Come support the Boilermakers this winter in multiple sports like swimming/diving, basketball, and wrestling.

For more information about these indoor recreational activities, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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