Weekend Update: Winter Wolves & Cinderella

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Winter Wolves is back at Wolf Park this January 12, 2019! Join everyone for a day of fun as the wolves explore and are in their glorious full winter coats! Hot drinks are available indoors so that visitors can warm up in between activities, which often include talks on how animals survive the winter, outdoor games and sometimes a demonstration of how Wolf Park cuts up road kill deer to feed to the wolves. Winter is a great time to see the wolves, since they love the cold and tend to be active and howling all day long, unlike those long hot summer afternoons which they spend napping. When the pond is frozen over, the wolves skate and play on the ice. Winter Wolves is a great time for families to come visit — there is something for everyone.

Guess what Disney classic is taking place at Purdue Convocations this Saturday, January 12? CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Bring the family to enjoy this wonderful production and enjoy an evening of merriment!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Beyond the Vine Wine Tour

The Visitor Information Specialists at the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor’s Center were given the fun opportunity to go on a Beyond the Vine Wine Tour. They truly enjoyed their experience and want to share three reasons why you should consider taking the tour! Read their review:

We arrived on a cold Sunday afternoon prepared to experience the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour. It was a day full of friendship and fine wines, and we would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys tasting wine, relaxation, and unique experiences. Below are the top three reasons why you should consider booking a Beyond the Vine Wine Tour.

1. Stress-Free and Relaxing

The first reason is because of how stress-free and relaxing your time on the bus will be because of the preparation of Jill Smit. She takes time to consider every detail of your day and has each detail planned and prepared perfectly. Simply book your reservation and let Jill take care of the rest! From the timeline of the day to paying for everything in advance, all you have to do is show up (and bring your ID!). Jill arrives on time and with the bus stocked full of a cooler, wine themed decor, and a playlist of your choice. Guests are welcome to bring their own food on board the bus or you have the option of a delicious boxed lunch from Great Harvest Bread Co. Of course, with Jill driving the bus, you are able to taste and enjoy all the wine you wish without worrying about driving home. All these factors combined create a relaxing, stress-free experience.

Jill, our Wine Tour Extradorniaire!

2. Great Wine and Great People

Another awesome perk of the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour is knowing that the wineries you are visiting have been tested and approved by many tasters before you. Our visit began with a tasting at Whyte Horse Winery in Monticello, IN. Here we tasted five different wines ranging from sweet to dry and three of their specialty drinks including an apple cider slushy. You must visit at Christmas time when the winery is decorated beautifully with Christmas trees and lights. Next on our tour was Carpenter Creek Cellars. It is located in Remington, IN and is one of the best wineries around. With world-class award-winning wines, this stop is a must. You will be treated to a tour of the facilities where you can see where all the wine is produced and corked, and taste every single wine listed on the menu. And don’t forget to say hi to the winery dog, Port! Our final stop was Hooker Corner Winery where we had 5 different tastings as well as mulled wine an

d a mulled wine slushy. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the quiet countryside. These are only three of the several options of wineries in the area, and the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour also offers options to visit local breweries. One thing all three wineries had in common were people passionate about wine. These winemakers love to talk about wine and share their wealth of knowledge with guests entering their doors. You will definitely feel that on the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour.

Having fun on the bus!

3. Unique and Fun

The final reason to experience the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour is because it is fun! This is a unique experience to safely support locally owned Indiana wineries and have fun doing it. You can trust that each stop has something unique and different to offer and expand your understanding of Indiana wines. It is the perfect way to celebrate a bachelorette party, a fun date night, or even a mother-daughter day out. Even if for no other reason than because you like to drink wine, the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour is for you!

So, if you are looking for something fun to do and like supporting local business, then check out the Beyond the Vine Wine Tours. We had a fantastic experience and recommend it to any visitor or local in the area. You will board the bus as a guest and leave as a friend.

Jaclyn, VLWL Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog. For more information about this wine bus and other fun attractions in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Amazing Shops Around Lafayette-West Lafayette

Outside of our Downtown districts, there are so many amazing places to shop in the Greater Lafayette area! Remember to #shoplocal to support the business owners in our community. Here are just a few of the places you need to check out when doing your shopping this holiday season:

Gretel’s Fine Gifts

Stop into Gretel’s for something you won’t find anywhere else! This is a delightful gift store with a bent for the eccentric, quirky, and creative. Gretel’s offers something for everyone from handmade jewelry to beautiful ceramic pottery to holiday decorations. When shoppers walk in, they are eclipsed in bright colors and a whirlwind of fun gift ideas. Explore their website to see all of the amazing offerings. There are great gifts and holiday decor available there – you won’t want to miss all of the cutest snowmen and holiday-scene lanterns.

Interior Objects

Interior Objects is a boutique filled to the brim with good ole’ Hoosier hospitality! You can be sure that as soon as you enter, someone will greet you with a smile and direct you towards whatever interests you. There is a wide variety of objects just waiting to take their place in your, or a loved one’s, home. It is a specialty shop specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. Continue your hunt for holiday gifts here at Interior Objects! Jewelry for the fashionistas in your life, kitchenware for your favorite chef, blankets for lounging during holiday breaks – all this and more! And, sadly Interior Objects will be closing in the coming months due to retirement so make sure not to miss out on your last opportunity here!

Hot House Market

Hot House Market is a vintage shop located right here in Lafayette! If you struggle every year to buy presents for someone in your life that is cool and hip – this is the place for you. Hot House Market is full of vintage and ethically sourced products ranging from candles and jewelry to clothes for everyone. This shop is a favorite of one of our Visitor Information Specialists here at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. You can always be sure to find the cutest pieces there. They also have a fantastic selection of vinyl records! Their second location in the Keystone Fashion Mall may be familiar to some. Gifts for your loved ones are abound here, but you probably won’t be able to leave without something for yourself as well…

Leaping Leopard Antiques

You’ll be leaping for joy when you walk into Leaping Leopard Antiques! It is located in the Valley Plaza in Lafayette. This is a huge space with rows of antique goods. Primitives, mid-century modern, junky to funky, vintage collectibles, antique toys, repurposed furniture and lighting, artwork, vintage clothing, pottery, tools, cast iron, books, coins, and jewelry. Any antique hunter will be thrilled to visit Leaping Leopard Antiques! You can find unique home goods and decor, which make a perfect present. Browsing the shop is an exciting experience and you can be sure to find something to add to or begin a collection here.

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.  For more information about these stores and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Scott Greeson & Friends Christmas and Christmas at Linden Depot

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Come out to Battle Ground, Indiana, this Saturday morning before Christmas to enjoy breakfast and music! Scott Greeson and friends will be playing Christmas music from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Eye Opener Cafe​. Savor a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy, hash browns, eggs and more while you get into the holiday spirit with Scott’s holiday music.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, explore trains at the Christmas 2018 Linden Depot Museum event. This weekend the museum is featuring the 1837 Nooris 4-2-0 steam engine being built for the 25th anniversary. Shop for the perfect holiday train gift at the museum as well as purchasing a Linden Depot Museum ornament with a donation of $10 or more.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

5 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Arts & Market District

Artists’ Own

If your loved ones are interested in art, Artists’ Own is the place to visit this holiday season. Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase. Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output. You’ll definitely have fun browsing all the different unique gift options here!

 

Two Tulips

Personalized gifts always make the occasion special. Two Tulips is an adorable boutique shop located in downtown Lafayette. Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. You can have stationary personalized for your friends who love sending letters or taking notes.  There are tons of cute gifts for every member of the family – from babies and beyond!

 

L.E. Originals

Lampwork Artist and L.E. Originals owner, Linda Elmore, uses her sense of design and masterful artistry to create jewelry and gifts out of different forms of glass such as empty wine bottles.  Not only is she creating pieces of art to be worn, but she is going “green” by using recyclable products. One very special gift available here for your loved ones is their photo beads. These one-of-a-kind beads can be printed with a photo of your choice, maybe even one of you and your loved one together! These make for a truly beautiful and heartfelt gift.

 

River Knits Fine Yarns

Do you know someone who loves doing crafts? River Knits is ideal shopping grounds for all things yarn, knitting, and crafts. There are rows and rows of awesome yarn skeins to choose from. Any color or pattern you’re interested in, you’re sure to find here. You can even sign your loved one up for some of the classes that are offered! You can check out which classes are currently running here.

 

Scout

Scout is a fabulous new location for this downtown district! This adorable and trendy shop is full of a rotating stock of vintage furniture, home decor and other items! You can view their website for their hours and more information here. If you are hunting for a gift for someone who loves making their home unique and cozy, this is definitely a great place to end your search! There are one of a kind items here that will win the hearts of many! Follow Scout on Instagram for updated photos of their stock and what the owner is up to!

For more information about these shops and other in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Sam, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

3 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Chauncey Village

Amused Clothing

Amused Clothing offers true vintage items that you won’t find anywhere else. They have everything from vintage flannels, crew neck sweatshirts, Purdue wear, costumes, fun throwback items and much more. This thrift/vintage shopping feel is right on Purdue’s campus. The inventory is always changing so you can make a habit out of going. Amused is perfect for Halloween and costume parties. If you want the most original costume, you’ll find it here. Head down the stairs and visit Amused Clothing to give you or loved one’s wardrobe a little bit of a cool vintage vibe.

 

University Book Store

The University Book Store is one of the main places around that you can get your Purdue staples. There’s not just textbooks here! Sweatshirts, jerseys, t-shirts, pajamas, home decor, accessories and beyond! Located right on Purdue’s campus, the UBS is a great place to go shopping for your favorite Boilermaker or sports fan. Check out how soft that jacket above looks… Who could resist something so cozy – and with our favorite letter on it! We all know that Purdue fans proudly wear the school’s merchandise everywhere we go. Build up your friends’ closet with more black and gold!

 

Von’s Shops

One of Purdue’s most iconic locations is Von’s Shops. It has been a Chauncey Village favorite since 1968! There are so many awesome things in Von’s to chose from when on the lookout for a perfect present. Comics, jewelry, books, accessories, beads, music and clothes– these are just some of the great finds at this store! If there is someone in your life that loves books or comics, you will find one suited for them at Von’s. You can explore the rows of books and vinyl music. Grab your loved one’s favorite album and surprise them this holiday season!

 

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog. For more information about these shops and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Nine Irish Brothers 10 Year Celebration & Purdue Theatre Performance

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette opened its doors ten years ago, and they are going to celebrate this Friday, November 9! They will have giveaways, drinks specials ($1 off Guinness, Nine Irish Red, and Irish Butts), as well as some GREAT music from Ireland’s favorite son Brendan Loughrey! Brendan is a talented, energetic Irish musician with a huge repertoire of songs, including originals such as  Kenny Chesney,” and “Livin’ in the Heart of Ireland,” as well as outstanding renditions of traditional Irish tunes. He’s a great guy, as fun as he is talented, perfect for a celebration!

The Purdue Theatre Department showcases the musical, Next to Normal on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony awards, Next to Normal presents an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, set to a rock music score. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

10 Years to Celebrate Wine at Wildcat Creek Winery

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Rain or shine, Wildcat Creek Winery is the place to go for a glass of wine or afternoon out with friends. The family-run winery proves perfect for a quick stop on your way through Lafayette or long day off.

A few minutes off Interstate 65 in Lafayette, this hidden gem is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its advertisements mentioning a “friendly and welcoming Hoosier farmhouse appeal” couldn’t be more true as you are instantly greeted and invited in to sample wine with names like “Prophet’s Rock” or “Aunt Millie’s” (named after owner Kathy Black’s own grandmother).

Wildcat Creek art

History

Ten years ago, the owners, Kathy and Rick Black, retired and opened the winery out of their beautiful 1900s home. Every day, with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, they offer tastings, winery tours, and a beautiful area to relax and enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Over the years, the owners have seen and facilitated numerous occasions including marriage proposals, bachelorette parties, and seasonal wine releases.

As a growing attraction for locals and tourists, Wildcat Creek Winery uses its influence to support the community in everything they do.  They utilize Midwestern grapes and juices and support the area by selling locally produced goods in its gift shop, located inside with the tasting room.  They also partner with nearby organizations such as Lafayette Transitional Housing for fundraisers and giving back to the area.

Wine

Because it is such a small operation it is easy to imagine a quaint family run farm, but the quality of the wine is as spectacular as the location. They’ve won many awards (including 2012 Indiana Wine of the Year) and accolades from all over.  With a list of 13 wine varieties, it may be hard to pick, but they are well known for their semi-sweet Steuben and semi-dry Chambourcin.

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Tours and Tastings

Fortunately, for us non-wine experts, they are happy to explain and show how the wine is made and walk you through its history and quality.  If you’re lucky, they’ll even recommend a few of their personal favorites out of the dozen or so varietals they create with a food pairing.

Inside features an extensive gift shop and tasting room where they hold wine tastings and sell their wine along with local products. Each tasting is done with one of Wildcat Creek Winery’s trained employees, who are able to make recommendations and add snack pairings with the wines you chose.

Upon request, tours of the area explore the tasting area, outdoor gardens, winemaking, and bottling areas, as you learn how each area contributes to the winemaking process and makes the winery great. After a brief half hour tour to get a better understanding of what Wildcat Creek Winery is, guests relax at tables lining the backyard with a glass of Wildcat Creek wine.

While we might not think of Indiana as a top spot for wineries, Wildcat Creek proves us wrong with a warm atmosphere, beautiful location, and delicious wines. A visit to Wildcat Creek is more than a stop of the interstate with wine tastings, gift shop, sitting areas, and tours.

For more information about this or other events in our area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Purdue University Student, Margaret Cooper.

Spooky Halloween Trick or Treat Update 2018 Part 2

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween Trick or Treat activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Trunk or Treat at St. James Lutheran
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 3-5 p.m.
    2. Where: St. James Lutheran, 800 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Games, popcorn and crafts. Hot dogs & drinks for sale. Lots of candy!
  2. Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Crestview Community Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Crestview Community Church, 1400 Ortman Ln, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join us Crestview Community Church for our Annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat. From 5p – 7p we will have bounce houses, face painting, live music, games, food and more! From 7p – 8p the Trunk or Treat will take place. Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening.  This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome!
  3. Mall-O-Ween
    1. When: Thursday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy. S., Lafayette
    3. Details: Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at entrance A by JCPenny. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillowcase to trick or treat around the mall. Please no full-face mask or painted faces on kids 8 and up. No toy guns or weapons of any kind.
  4. Trunk or Treat Cruise in Car Show
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: AJ’s Burgers and Beef, 3575 Promenade Parkway, Suite 700, Lafayette
    3. Details: Bring the Cars and Bring the kids! Weather permitting, we are hoping for a great final event to head into winter time. Stop on by AJ’s Burgers and Beef in Lafayette on Friday October 26th, from 6-9PM for a Trunk or Treat! What does that mean? Well, instead of going door to door, you can go car to car showing off your great costumers while showing off your cool rides!
      This event is family friendly and for the kids! Prizes will be given to the kids with the best costumes. The best part about this event is its FREE to participate in!
  5. Trunk or Treat at Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson, 225 Progress Drive, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join Hunter’s Moon H-D for our annual Trunk-Or-Treating! This year, we are inviting the community to come out and pass candy out in the parking lot as well! Hunter’s Moon H-D will be giving the best decorated vehicle a $100 gift certificate!!
      The dealership will also be decorated so be sure to bring the kiddos inside for more treats at each of the departments. Hot cider and treats will be served inside in our customer lounge
  6. Trick-Or-Treating with the Animals at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come dressed in your costume and share this festive weekend with The Farm animals. Find each station on The Farm and receive a treat. They will have plenty of candy to share! Learn about how trick-or-treating came to be and see the house decorated for a 1920’s Halloween party. Several of the animals will be in costume and the Tenant house will be open for tours. Don’t miss this fun event! FREE with park admission.
  7. Trunk or Treat at Faith East Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Faith East Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette
    3. Details: Faith East Community Center is excited to host its annual Trunk or Treat event. All of the fun of trick or treating in one safe, family-friendly environment. With over 50 stops, carnival games and bounce houses, and more candy than you can count – you are guaranteed to have a great time!
  8. Trunk or Treat at Northend Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Northend Community Center, 2000 Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette
    3. Details: Northend Community Center will have trunks lining both sides of their front parking lot. When you get done with your last trunk, join everyone inside the Community Center for more games, bounce houses, and of course free popcorn, hot chocolate, and apple cider!
  9. Operation Trick-or-Treat with Friends of Downtown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.
    2. Where: Downtown Lafayette Businesses (11th and Main down to Plaza)
    3. Details: Trick or Treating from 2-4pm, pet costume contest, costume contest at 5pm, community dance party from 2-6pm followed by “Thriller” flash mob in Riehle Plaza at 6pm.
  10. Trunk or Treat Riehle Plaza
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6pm p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza, 200 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Have small children or looking for a fun event to show off your Halloween costume and indulge in some candy? The Lafayette PD, West Lafayette PD and Tippecanoe County Sheriffs will be passing out candy on Saturday, October 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Riehle Plaza.

      Farm at Prophetstown animals will be decked out in costume!

  11. Trunk or Treat at Christ United Methodist Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 28, 1-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come out dressed in your best Halloween costume to Christ United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat! After you’re done Trunk or Treating enjoy our concession stand with hotdogs, chips and drinks! Hope to see you there!!
  12. Trunk or Treat Halloween Celebration
    1. When: Monday, October 29, 5-7 p.m..
    2. Where: Bob Rohrman Toyota, 3900 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come and enjoy a fun and safe environment with your kiddos! We will have plenty of candy and Free Hot Dogs for the family!
  13. Haunted House and Trick or Treat at St. Mary Healthcare
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    2. Where: St. Mary Healthcare, 2201 Cason St., Lafayette
    3. Details: For ages 10 and under
  14. Calvary Baptist Candy Crawl
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    2. Where: Calvary Baptist, 310 Kalberer Rd., West Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Candy Crawl is a safe, free, and family friendly event for the whole community. Kids (and adults) can wear costumes and trunk or treat going from car to car in the church parking lot getting more candy! Activities will be indoors and outdoors. Hot dogs and drinks served. We will have indoor activities for children with autism and sensory disorders. Please contact us before the event to find out more about our sensory friendly activities. An area with games and pumpkin decorating will be open from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Please avoid scary or inappropriate costumes – there will be lots of little kids everywhere!
  15. Trunk or Treat at Immanuel United Church of Christ
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: We will have Trick or Treating, Games, Hay Ride, Food & Drinks, Photo booth more. This event is free and family friendly. You won’t want to miss out on this fun filled evening.
  16. Trunk or Treat at Haan Mansion
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, 920 East State Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches and more, stop by the Haan Museum for candy galore!
  17. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: Observed on Halloween, but no set hours.
  18. West Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: No mandated date, but usually observed on Halloween.

Click here for a listing of other spooky Halloween special events (Part 1) taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette.  Enjoy and have fun this Halloween!

The Best Pumpkin Patches Near Purdue

The temperature is dropping, leaves are changing, and combines are in the field. It’s fall in Indiana, and with that comes a plethora of fun outdoor activities.

The season brings something for everyone — from football and tailgating to haunted houses and hay rides. For a lot of people, however, it wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin on the doorstep.

If you’re one of these people (or you just enjoy fun fall activities), the pumpkin patches in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area have your back. Before going to the grocery store to buy your pumpkins this fall, check out this list of a few pumpkin patches in the area.

Wea Creek Orchard

Located just off of U.S. 231, Wea Creek is a family-owned orchard, market, and event venue in Lafayette, Indiana. The main pumpkin patch is about 6 acres and grows 70,000 pounds of pumpkins each year. There is also a smaller patch (1.5 acres) dedicated to growing pumpkins for children on school field trips. If you want to pick your pumpkin straight from the field, this is a good option. Prices are determined by pumpkin weight.

In addition to picking out your own pumpkins, you can find a variety of items, such as honey, apple cider, jelly, and candles, in the Orchard's market.

The Orchard’s market also has a variety of goods for sale.

Tractor rides to and from the patch are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tractor rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kent’s Cucurbits

With a 17-acre pumpkin field, Kent’s Cucurbits has one of the largest selections in the area. In addition to traditional pumpkins, the patch also sell gourds, decorative squash, and white pumpkins. They are all pre-picked and cleaned for visitors. Prices range from $1-$8. If a nontraditional pumpkin is more your style, there is a great selection here in Brookston, Indiana.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

While these may not be the best carving pumpkins, they make great decorations or centerpieces.

These pumpkins make great decorations or centerpieces.

In addition to the pumpkins, there is also a 4 acre corn maze.

There is also a 4-acre corn maze here.

Exploration Acres

Like Wea Creek, Exploration Acres visitors go into the patch to pick their pumpkins. Be aware that there is a fee to enter the patch, and pumpkin prices are determined by weight. Located between U.S. 52 and I-65, this was the busiest of the patches — but there was still plenty of room to search for the perfect pumpkin.

Wagons are available to bring back the pumpkins

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are different games and food options.

There is a section of the 11 acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

There is a section of the 11-acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church

Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! The Patch is handicap-accessible, pets are welcome, and picture-taking is encouraged. There is a fabulous area filled with hay bales, pumpkins and fall decorations that is great for selfies and family photos. Do not miss the bake sale, as they have the best pumpkin bread around!

Each patch offers something for everyone. Be sure to visit your favorite before the season ends.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

To keep up with more seasonal events, be sure to check out HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Cheyenne Dunn, Purdue University Student.