Experience 5 Fun Sites in Battle Ground

Farm at Prophetstown

A short drive outside of Lafayette is Battle Ground, Indiana. Home to several attractions and fun, educational places for families to visit, Battle Ground is the perfect way to learn more about Indiana while having a fun experience in the Greater Lafayette area. Below is a list of can’t miss attractions.

  • Wolf Park

Wolf Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving knowledge and appreciation of wolves and informing visitors of the value wolves provide to the environment. Wolf Park provides an educational and fun experience to visitors stopping in the Battle Ground area.  When available, visitors can pet the puppies, or visit on select nights to hear the wolves howl.  Wolf Park is home to more than just the gray wolf. It is also home to coyotes, foxes, and bison. Make sure to check out this unique place! More information can be found at: WolfPark.org.

  • Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum

The Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum is a great place for history buffs to visit and learn about the November 7th, 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe.  A national historic landmark is a favorite spot to see during your visit, and don’t forget to stop by the Tippecanoe Battlefield History Store where you are able to purchase reproductions of historic goods, collectibles, and clothing. This piece of American history is not to be missed. Be sure to visit on your next visit to Battle Ground!

  • Prophetstown State Park

Indiana’s newest state park is 900 acres of restored prairie. It is a beautiful site full of wetlands, prairie, and open woodlands. See where Native Americans lived and hunted along the Tippecanoe and Wabash River, and visit the recreation of a Native American village. Continuing restoration of native habitats is preserving the park’s landscape. For a relaxing visit and an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Indiana, Prophetstown State Park cannot be missed.

  • The Farm at Prophetstown

Located within Prophetstown State Park, is a training farm that focuses on sustainable agriculture, homesteading, gardening, canning, farm-to-table cooking, and much more. The programs revolve around the 1920’s farming life as the transition to tractor power from animal power was just beginning.  A visit to Prophetstown is not complete without a visit to The Farm! Visit prophetstown.org for more information.

Feeding the chickens!

  • Aquatic Center

523 feet of lazy river, 4,238 square feet of leisure pool, and 60,113 gallons of water are featured at the Prophetstown State Park and Aquatic Center. During the summer, this is the perfect way to cool off and spend time with friends and family. This is a unique attraction as it is the only outdoor facility with waterpark-like features from the DNR. The design blends into the landscape and the plantings are in step with the park’s natural resource management plan. This is the perfect way to spend a summer day and enjoy the state park.

Needless to say, Battle Ground is a hot spot of Indiana history and beauty. On your next visit, check out these educational, interesting, and unique places, all located in one area.

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


Home of Purdue Contest Winner’s Thrilling Exploration

Dining at East End Grill

Dining at East End Grill

I like to enter contests! Just the thrill of thinking I might win a free copy of a newly released book gives me the chills! I entered the Home of Purdue Holiday Shopping and Entertainment contest, imagining how much fun it would be to win just ONE item from the extensive list of gift cards and tickets for attractions around the area! However, imagine my surprise when I received the email from Sara Erickson telling me I had won! My husband said, “that’s nice.” Neither of us realized the scope of the prize package…until we started to take out item after item (after item) from the package we picked up. What generous businesses in Lafayette and West Lafayette! We were awestruck and appreciative of the variety and abundance of donations.

I have never been so glad to have entered a contest. Have to confess my husband was impressed…and I did a little dance, before I got down to seriously planning my visits to the various businesses!

Thursday I took my friend for a lunch at East End Grill. We were welcomed by Scott Trzaskus and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of smoked salmon sandwich with yummy pesto!

Kathy's Kandies! Next we walked to Kathies Kandies (the scent of homemade sugar cookies in the background) where Kathie welcomed us, congratulated me (yes, lucky me!) and promptly filled a box with her delicious chocolates!

My next stop was The Design Nook. There is so much to see there! I wandered around the beautiful displays and to say they are eye-opening is an understatement! I purchased unique ornaments for my three grandchildren. The staff was so helpful!

Shopping at Design NookJust around the corner at Artists’ Own, I browsed through all the hand-crafted art from our own local artists, meeting Mary Firestone and purchasing one of her leaf-pressed holiday ornaments, and a hand-made ice cream scoop for my daughter.

On Friday,  I stopped in to visit Linda Elmore, and from her beautiful collection at L.E. Originals and found two pairs of earrings and a bracelet for a friend. This is a store I had never visited before, but will visit again soon for something for me! Beautiful hand made glass beads! (Thanks, Linda!)

Lafayette Symphony OrchestraWhew! Can you believe I am not done yet? Saturday’s offering was tickets from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for its presentation of We ❤️ the 80’s which was so enjoyable with pieces from Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and Thriller!
Thanks to Andrea Hatch for reserving our tickets, and to Sara Mummy and Nick Palmer. An unforgettable evening!

My husband and I followed that with a trip to Nine Irish Brothers for a tasty dinner: shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon. We sat by the fireplace (lucky us!), and we visited with owners and friends, Jan and Jerry O’Bryan.

Nine Irish Brother with Jerry & JanOur final excursion was Sunday morning–brunch at Town and Gown. We were greeted by owner Matt O’Neill. I ate the most delicious eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ( by now you know I love salmon any way I can get it) served on an open-face fresh croissant.

Town and Gown

Town and Gown

Wow! You’ve really got to try it. Trust me!


I am saving the Riverside Center skating tickets, the Triple XXX restaurant, Monster Mini Golf, and Bruno’s for when my grandkids will be here for Thanksgiving! They will be so excited to visit those new places! You will be hearing from me again about how it all goes.
In the next few months I will use the gift cards to the Igloo (when it’s warmer!), a night away at Homewood Suites when there is not a Purdue Football game! Thanks Karen Hirsh-Cooper for being so flexible! And perhaps, last but not least…I’ll meet you at Arnis!

Tomorrow it will be back to the gym and the real life of a retired school librarian, but this week of being a special guest in so many welcoming establishments let me have the thrill of feeling like a Very Important Person. I am thankful to the team at the Home of Purdue for all the work to procure those gift packages! I am lucky I got to see Lafayette, Home of Purdue, my home for 48 years, in a whole new light!

West Lafayette Native and our 2017 Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest Winner, Lauralee, shared this blog.

Explore the Wabash & Erie Canal


Canal Boat Ride

Happening Now! The summer season has arrived when the canal boat is floating down the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana! Experience history, adventure and pure summer fun at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center this year. This attraction, 20 minutes north east of Lafayette-West Lafayette, offers an adventure for the whole family.

Canal Christmas festival crafts n kidsI remember my first visit to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center. It was one of awe that such a wonderful museum was created 100% from volunteer efforts from such a small community. The passion to conserve the history of this transportation system and to create a whole village built around it is amazing. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn the history of how the Wabash and Erie Canal was important to our country’s transportation system. Now, you may think, this sounds boring! But believe me it is not! Throughout the whole museum, there are interactive displays for people to enjoy. Many museums have the policy “hands-off”, but this center welcomes people to be a part of the experience. Visitors (especially children) are welcome to play checkers in the recreated indoor canal boat, try on pioneer village clothing and pretend to be living in the 1800s, and play with a recreated canal that demonstrates how a boat would traverse the lock system.

Ring the School bell (2014)Not only does this center have an indoor museum, but a canal boat to ride through a portion of the original Wabash and Erie Canal and a whole pioneer village to explore. Visitors can walk into an original Log School House from the 1800s where students learned their ABC’s.  One does not want to miss a tour of the Reed Case’s (contractor for the Carroll County section of the Wabash & Erie Canal) own Federal-style home which anchors the village, complete with period furnishings, many of which came from the Case family. And what is better on a beautiful summer day than a trip on a replica canal boat down the canal? Nothing!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

There is a 10 mile trail system, perfect for hiking, biking, bird-watching and even cross-country skiing. Some trails and roads in Canal Park were once the towpath traversed by mules and horses pulling canal boats. Several sites along the way are on the National Register, including the Canal Construction Camp site, Lock #33 and the adjacent lockkeeper’s home site, and the 1857 Harley and Hubbard Lime Kiln site.

A host of events take place at the Wabash and Erie Canal all year long.  These include the Historic Canal Days Festival, the Harvest of Quilts “Quilt Show” and Christmas at the Canal. Check out http://www.wabashanderiecanal.org for more information about these special events.

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this attraction and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Celebrate National Youth Sports Week in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Armstrong Park260615000817National Youth Sports Week is July 11-17, 2016. This week is focused on PLAYS- physical activity, living healthy, access, youth development and safety. This week is an awareness week as well as a time to promote those youth sporting activities all across the nation. In the Lafayette- West Lafayette area, we have many activities that occur focused on youth sports.

This year marks the 48th Colt World Series occurring August 5th-10th right here at Loeb Stadium. Youth teams from all across the world gather in Lafayette to compete in this annual tradition. Last year Puerto Rico defeated Greensboro, NC to win. Come on out to historic Loeb Stadium, also home to the Lafayette Aviators for this week long youth baseball tournament.

Concord_game2Did you know that lacrosse is growing at a rate of 30% in America right now? We now have our very own league known as the Tippecanoe Lacrosse Association. Visit them online to find out more about this rapidly growing sport for both youth girls and boys and to find their schedule.

Purdue University is home to a plethora of youth sporting camps during the summer months. Camps are hosted by coaches, players and athletics staff for many ages and genders. Softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball, basketball, soccer, football and wrestling are the current camps being offered. Be sure to tell your friends to visit PurdueSportCamps.com to find the best match for their youth!BikeFamilyAndrewAntonio

Many venues spread across our area that host youth sporting events all throughout the year. Indoor venues include Family Sports Center, Legacy Sports Club and Faith Community Center. Outdoor venues range from Tippecanoe County Parks, West Lafayette Parks, Lafayette Parks and more. Youth sports are important in every community, and we take pride in ours here in Lafayette- West Lafayette, Indiana.  Find what sport makes you feel confident and go out and play today!

Check out all things sports at HomeOfPurdue.com today!



Weekend Update: Art in Bloom & Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering



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.

West Lafayette is alive with color with Saturday, June 25! Art in Bloom is a West Lafayette garden and art tour. As an outgrowth of winning the 2008 America in Bloom contest, the City of West Lafayette offers a beautification month (June), with emphasis on planting colorful annuals, recognizing award-winning landscapes and an innovative garden tour, “Art in Bloom”, which pairs local artists with some of the home landscapes that have received the Beautification Award. The Indiana Bicentennial will be celebrated by plantings in blue and gold and reflected in the art work displayed. Glass artists will be present in each garden on the tour. The garden tour is open to the public at no charge, and will be on Saturday, June 25th from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom

Celebrate music all weekend long at the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering June 24-26. This festival is a celebration of traditional music, food, crafts and continuous activities throughout the weekend. It is located on the grounds of the historical Tippecanoe Battlefield. A few of the acts are the following: The Fretless, The Barefoot Movement, the Kountry Kernals and more!



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