Five Free Things to Do this Summer in Lafayette-West Lafayette

With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to get a taste of the Lafayette-West Lafayette community! Check out these five free things that you and your family can check out this summer!

1. Lafayette Citizens Band Concerts

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can enjoy concerts from the Lafayette Citizens Band concerts on Thursday evenings! Pop down to Riehle Plaza to enjoy the classical music preformed by this group of locals. This band has been performing since 1842!

2. Natalie’s Second Chance Volunteer

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Help out the community and have a great time doing it by volunteering at Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter! Volunteers can help walk dogs and help with shelter duties. Spending time with these animals is free, and not only benefits them, but is sure for an adorable experience!

3. Stars and Stripes Concert

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Each year on Independence Day, there is a great holiday celebration at Riehle Plaza! The Lafayette Citizens Band performs a concert filled with patriotic music. The Stars and Stripes concert is followed by a stunning firework display at dusk (usually around 10 PM). Have fun and celebrate the Fourth of July with your community members!

4. Farmers’ Market

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The Farmers Market runs from May through October! It has three locations – Lafayette, West Lafayette, and on Purdue’s campus. It is one of the longest running farmers markets in Indiana, founded over 165 years ago! You can stroll through the stalls of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more.

5. Fort Ouiatenon

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Fort Ouiatenon is open weekends mid May—August from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the replica blockhouse, which was built in 1930. The Fort was built in 1717 and it was originally a fur trade post! This would be a great place to learn about some Indiana history and have fun exploring the recreated settlements.

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!

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Ultimate Summer Things To Do at Purdue

If you’re remaining on campus for the summer, or living in the Lafayette area, you may be searching for things to do this summer. Luckily, there are always things waiting to be discovered here in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

If you are a student, or a parent/loved one of a student, you may be interested in attending Purdue Summer Residential Classes. The classes offered, dates and the prices can be found here. These classes are created by the GERI, the Gifted Education Resource Institute. Students from 5th Grade to 12th Grade can participate in these summer camps that cover a wide variety of topics ranging from Criminology to Leadership 101.

A classic Purdue summer activity is doing a fountain run! It is a tradition for students and campus visitors to run through the water fountains on campus. Not only that, it’s a great way to cool off on hot summer days! The two main fountains to visit are the Engineering Fountain and Loeb Fountain. Have a blast running through though the water with your friends – also great for kids!

Another Lafayette must-do in the summer heat is Igloo Frozen Custard. This frozen custard stand has been around since 1932. Enjoy all of the great flavors of custard, sandwiches, burgers, and more! Explore their menu on their website. There’s no better way to spend a hot day than seeing just how many scoops you can eat!
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If you are a current Purdue student, there’s always the productive way to spend your summers: taking classes! Catch up on your curriculum, get a hard class out of the way, or take a fun elective. There are so many summer courses offered through Purdue, online and in person. Take a look through all of the courses on the Think Summer website. I’ve taken classes every summer while I’ve been studying at Purdue and it’s really paid off!
There are also two must-see’s in the Indiana heat. Waterparks! The first is Castaway Bay, which is located in Armstrong Park. Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features there. More on the hours, admission prices, etc., here. The second waterpark, Tropicanoe Cove, is located at Colombian Park and Zoo Make a day of it – stop by and see the animals, explore the park and jump in the pool. There are water slides, a lazy river and other great aquatic activities. Either of these are perfect choices for a day in the sun.
 
As you can tell, there are so many things to do and see in Lafayette-West Lafayette in the summertime. Don’t spend your free time bored, staring at a screen – get out there and do something! Educate yourself or your kids, enjoy some delicious frozen custard, and cool down in the water – this and so much more to explore. For more information about these attractions and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog is shared by Samantha Martin, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

2018 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2018 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:/https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2018-19visitorsguide.

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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Sweet Renovations at Greyhouse Coffee

Greyhouse Coffee is a spot loved by many Purdue students and visitors. Being one of the only local coffee shops around Purdue campus, this restaurant attracts long crowds and hungry students. After being closed for a short couple of months for major renovations, Greyhouse re-opened its doors in March of 2018.

I was able to check out the inside of Greyhouse for myself and it is truly stunning. They added more setting options, a brand new ordering station with a central location and a welcoming design. They still offer their classic lattes, teas and crepes but make sure to check then out in the coming weeks for the addition of gourmet donuts. My go-to drink at Greyhouse is the Masala Chai latte with almond milk. The caffeinated drink is a good alternative to drinking coffee, with spices like clove and cardamom that isn’t too sweet!

Greyhouse Coffee is conveniently located at 100 Northwestern Avenue, right on the corner of a multitude of restaurants in the West Lafayette area. Although they are known for their amazing coffee and lattes, they also offer a variety of tea options and smoothies. For food, they offer crepes, cakes, macaroons and gelato. They are known around campus for their variety of sweet and savory crepes, offering both regular and vegetarian options like the rooster crepe which is a local favorite!

During the warmer months, Greyhouse has outdoor seating. The renovation introduced some new indoor setting space as well to accommodate the students and guests who wish to study or sit and enjoy a drink on a chilly day. They are conveniently open from 7 AM and close at 12 AM; during some holidays, hours may change.

Make sure to stop on over and check out the new renovation for yourself! Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Natalie, shares this blog.  For more information about Greyhouse Coffee and other coffee shops in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Wabash Center Gala & Boiler Con

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.

On Friday, April 6th is the Wabash Center’s 65th Anniversary Gala. Celebrate decades of serving the community! From 6-10pm, you can join in the Gala that highlights 65 years of service to children and adults with disabilities in Greater Lafayette. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, awards presentation, live music and much more! For more information, please visit their website.

 


Each year on Purdue’s campus is Boiler Con! Boiler Con 2018 is our own comic con – come and meet amazing comic book artists and writers, take part in card and board game tournaments, see the unique vendors, sign up for the cosplay contest, and enjoy panels of special guests on April 7! Stop into the Purdue Memorial Union on April 7th from 3-8pm to experience all there is to offer! (And, it is FREE to the public!) Special guests include: Bernard Chang, former Imagineer and Comic Book Creator Mackey McCandlish: Creator of Call of Duty games. If you plan on attending, please be aware of the following rules:

  •  No profanity allowed. That includes messages on signs or clothes.
  • Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, or firearms/weapons.
  • NO WEAPONS. All firearms/weapons, real or props, are prohibited from the event.
  • Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, or endorse any form of hate.
  • NO NUDITY. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly environment.
  • If costumes are deemed too revealing, you will be asked to cover up.
  • Gore and graphic violence must be minimal.

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

Top Purdue Dining at Marriott Hall


Do you ever find yourself on campus wanting a nice place to eat in a relaxing, comfortable environment? Marriott Hall may be your new favorite spot. Marriott Hall is home to the students of Hospitality and Tourism Management, housing a sit down restaurant, a bistro quick service, a coffee shop and areas to study all within one academic building. The  building is adorned with tall windows, bringing in tons of natural light in the big open atrium area. During the week, you’ll find students and faculty studying in the atrium, grabbing a bite from the Boiler Bistro or a coffee from Lavazza.

Within Marriott Hall, you can dine or enjoy a variety of things.

  • The John Purdue Room
  • Boiler Bistro (with Urban Belly pop-up until the end of April)
  • Lavazza Coffee
  • Seating in the atrium
  • Upstairs lounging

If you are looking for a sit down restaurant

The John Purdue Room offers dining during both lunch and dinner, but make sure to reserve a spot just in case! The JPR acts as a part of a lab for students in the  Purdue hospitality program; certain times during the year they will offer cuisine special to a country that the students specially prepare. You can enjoy wine and beer there as well.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat

The Boiler Bistro is a Marriott Hall classic. They offer everything from burgers, a daily special and soups for a reasonable price. This semester, Urban Belly (a Chicago based ramen shop) is featured in the bistro until late April.

If you are in need of a pick-me-up

Lavazza is a quick coffee shop right next to the atrium within Marriott Hall that offers everything from hot coffee to gelato. My favorite thing to get from Lavazza is an iced chai with non-dairy milk and sometimes I’ll snag a donut as well!

If you are looking for a new place to study on campus

As soon as you walk inside of Marriott Hall, you will find a wide range of seating to enjoy your coffee, catch up with a friend or study for your next exam. The windows are open and bright, bringing in a lot of natural light during the day. They also offer upstairs seating if the atrium is too full!

If you want to try a new cuisine on campus

Urban Belly, a Chicao based ramen shop, is featured at the Boiler Bistro until late April. They offer a select menu at the Bistro but it is worth a try. Urban Belly has brought three ramen options and three dumpling options to Purdue, both having vegetarian options as well.

Make visit to Marriott Hall this year!  For more information about these restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit, HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog is shared by Natalie, Purdue University and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

Savor Food and Spring at Town & Gown Bistro

If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your new spot! Town & Gown offers a small, intimate dining experience that everyone loves.

Enjoying Town and Gown

Enjoying Town and Gown

With spring weather approaching, we all want to take in the warm weather in the best way possible. At Town & Gown, you can enjoy the spring weather with their beautiful outdoor seating area. The flowers and shade trees make it a perfect area for any time of the day.

Town & Gown is conveniently located on North River Road, extremely close to Purdue’s campus. If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, this is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

I recommend their french toast which is sweet yet savory, perfectly cut and cooked bacon, and light, fluffy eggs. My co-worker has shared they have amazing biscuits and gravy. The biscuit has a hint of cheese in it and the gravy is rich rich and creamy.  Her 4 year old daughter loves pancakes and rates their pancakes a 10 out of 10. Town & Gown’s pancakes are HUGE and definitely share worthy!

Town & Gown is kid friendly and is also perfect for a date with your significant other. This is the place to go if you’re just wanting a nice cup of coffee and a place to relax. This establishment fits any mood you may be in.

Town and Gown is Kid Friendly!

Town & Gown is Kid Friendly!

Your needs are sure to be met upon arrival. Whether you just want a light lunch or come in with an empty stomach, you will leave satisfied. Town & Gown offers a full menu with enough items to please everyone. They even have vegan options! Choose from a variety of specialty wines, beer, and cocktails! And don’t forget about dessert!

Beautiful outside patio seating area

Beautiful outside patio seating area

If your a searching for a cute and cozy spot for a girls day, date night, or a quick lunch or breakfast Town & Gown will not disappoint!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Golf Stay and Play: Lafayette-West Lafayette

When you combine spectacular courses, Stay & Play Packages and a golf trail to “Dye” for, you have a perfect formula for a great golf getaway! Check out this video showcasing Lafayette-West Lafayette’s 6 spectacular courses.  Enjoy!

Weekend Update: Curious George & Triptych

image_533Lafayette-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.

image_535On Sunday, March 4, Curious George—that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series—comes to the stage at Purdue University in a delightful new musical from TheatreWorks USA. Each year, George eagerly awaits the only day more important than his birthday: All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day, when he helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook and serve delicious meatballs to a hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished—lured away by Phineas T. Lightspeed and his Meatballs O’Matic 9000 machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. However, his buddy George decides to enter the chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest to prove they’re the best. Can a determined little monkey make it all the way to Rome and win the big prize? With every swing and flip, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Italy’s capital, friendship, and the “secret ingredient” to cooking! Curious George: The Golden Meatball delivers a can’t-miss recipe the whole family will enjoy!

More entertainment to be enjoyed this Sunday is Triptych at Carnahan Hall. The Jazz Club presents Triptych, featuring violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer live at Carnahan Hall. As a compositional collective they are creating new repertoire through an unorthodox combination of jazz, post-Romantic classical and Appalachian dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. This event starts at 3:30pm.

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