7 Splashin’ Locations at Home Of Purdue

It’s almost July 4th! What are you doing today to enjoy this national holiday? Are you hosting a BBQ or traveling to visit friends and family? Or maybe you are heading out to one of our many great outdoor recreation location in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Whether you are staying home or traveling, it is a great holiday to sit back and relax and enjoy the day off!

Fun at Loeb Fountain at Purdue University!

Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 outdoor aquatic centers (website: scroll to swimming section), Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park and the Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, as well as 3 outdoor pools, Castaway Bay, West Lafayette Municipal Pool and Vinton Pool. 2 splash water public art fountains, The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture and Loeb Fountain, are also open for water fun at Purdue University.  Kick off your shoes, grab your swimming suit and be prepared to have a blast!

Just chillin’ at Tropicanoe Cove!

Tropicanoe Cove is a favorite of many and has been creating laughter and fun for years.  Shouts and squeals can be heard from kids and adults making a great splash down the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide! (This is where you will find my husband who is a big kid at heart)! Looking for a more leisurely afternoon? Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik. Please note this is where you will find me! There are plenty of lounge chairs to catch the rays and enjoy the Indiana sun!

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, located in Indiana’s newest state park, provides entertainment for the entire family with pools, slides, splash stations and a winding lazy river. A great feature of the park is its effort to preserve the area’s past. There are glacier boulders and a wide range of native plants and trees that pay homage to the land’s history and tie in perfectly with the rest of the state park.

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

An adventure is waiting for you at Castaway Bay! Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features that make up this family-friendly aquatic center, located in Armstrong Park!

Three heated pools, a baby pool that is less than one foot deep, an intermediate pool that is 1 1/2 to 3 foot deep and a large pool that is 3 1/2 to 12 1/2 foot deep with two low diving boards welcome you at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool. Also, there are 3 shade structures to relax under on hot summer days!

The renovated Vinton Pool is located at 3111 Prairie Lane and features a beach-like entrance, double water slide, playful water geysers, large umbrellas and lap lanes. Pool rental is available after hours as well.

The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture (website: scroll to Purdue section), is a popular spot on campus. The concrete sculpture is 38 feet tall and has 280 colored lights to illuminate the water and stainless steel cylinder. When on, the fountain jets upward 588 gallons of recycled water per minute. Beware, the spray is mighty powerful but oh so much fun!

Loeb Fountain (website: scroll to Purdue section) was constructed in 1959 to honor Solomen Loeb, a local merchant, with money donated by Bert and June Loeb. It is located in the center of Founder’s Park where it was dedicated in 1994. The fountain is made of granite and uses 2200 gallons of recycled water per minute. All summer long, find school children running and laughing through the spray! Bring a picnic and enjoy summer at this fun Purdue water art piece.

Fly high!! Prophetstown State Park!

Make sure you head to one (or all if you are truly adventurous) of our water attractions! It will lead to a great summer! For more information about these water adventures and other outdoor recreation in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Celebrate Independence in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

FireworksDaveSchmidt2015Happy 4th of July! Today we are celebrating independence and freedom! Isn’t it wonderful to be a United States citizen?! We need to appreciate today and celebrate our liberty with the full knowledge that we live in a country that is diverse, free and patriotic. Raise your American flag and be proud to be an American!

Share with us what you are doing today to celebrate. Are you having a back yard barbeque? Traveling to historical sites such as the Tippecanoe Battlefield to learn more about American history? Or maybe you are taking a canoe trip down Wildcat Creek? Recreational sports are a popular 4th of July activity. Family and friend gatherings are the best time to get your glove and baseball out for a friendly game of baseball. Americans tend to lead pretty busy lives and today may be the best day to head out to one of our 18 fishing spots in Lafayette-West Lafayette for a relaxing day of fishing. July in Indiana usually means warm weather and another idea is heading to one of our outdoor water parks!  Want to hear fabulous music in a lovely setting? Every year the Lafayette Citizens Band performs a 4th of July Concert at Riehle Plaza in the evening. Fun, fun!

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Personally, I am heading to my parents house in Chalmers, Indiana. Every year they host a 4th of July pool party. Every guest brings a dish and my Dad grills up some delicious meats! We spend the day laying in the sun, catching up with friends we only see a few times a year and splashing in the pool. My Dad is the king of fireworks and he always puts on a fun display.  The best part is when he lights a firework and it chases him across the road. (Please note he has never been hurt!) I love the 4th of July! It is such a happy holiday full of friends, laughter and happiness.

We hope you are having a fabulous 4th of July! For more information about all the wonderful things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Watermelon Party with the Wolves and Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Wolfgang Wading in the PondLafayette-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.

It’s a party this Saturday, July 2, at Wolf Park! Bring the family for “Watermelon Party with the Wolves” where each wolf, fox and coyote  gets his or her very own cold watermelon, stuffed with treats such as pig ears, cheese, and dog biscuits. Visitors are invited to watch as each animal enjoys their summery treat. These unique treats provide environmental enrichment, giving our critters something to roll on, stuff their noses in, paw, lick, chew, scent-mark, and defend. Also, don’t miss howling with the wolves in the evening! A great way to celebrate Fourth of July!

Be the first to celebrate Lafayette-West Lafayette’s newest festival, the Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival on July 2. From noon to 9pm, great music will be featured at Exploration Acres. The musical line-up includes Cumberland Gap, New Balance, Branded Bluegrass and Blue Mafia. Bring your lawn chairs for an afternoon and evening of fun. Concessions and craft beer will also be available.

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

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“The Zoo” Outdoor Art Exhibit

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the area’s newest outdoor art exhibit, “The Zoo”. This attraction draws everyone from art aficionados to those who love whimsy!  The pure splendor of these art pieces is something not to be missed. If you are looking for a fun activity this July 4th holiday, head to the Moses Fowler House and check out 22 life-sized animals sculpted from recycled materials. This special art exhibit is not to be missed!  “The Zoo” art is the work of artist Dale Teachout, a top finalist for the Grand Rapids Art Prize 2014. The exhibit runs June 5- September 8, 2015. Here is a short preview of photos to entice you!

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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 art exhibit and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Happy 4th of July in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Make a splash today at Tropicanoe Cove!

Make a splash today at Tropicanoe Cove!

Happy 4th of July! Today we are celebrating independence and freedom! Isn’t it wonderful to be a United States citizen?! We need to appreciate today and celebrate our liberty with the full knowledge that we live in a country that is diverse, free and patriotic. Raise your American flag and be proud to be an American!

Share with us what you are doing today to celebrate. Are you having a back yard barbeque? Traveling to historical sites such as the Tippecanoe Battlefield to learn more about American history? Or maybe you are taking a canoe trip down Wildcat Creek? Recreational sports are a popular 4th of July activity. Family and friend gatherings are the best time to get your glove and baseball out for a friendly game of baseball. Americans tend to lead pretty busy lives and today may be the best day to head out to one of our 18 fishing spots in Lafayette-West Lafayette for a relaxing day of fishing. July in Indiana usually means warm weather and another idea is heading to one of our outdoor water parks! Fun, fun!

Personally, I am heading to my parents house in Chalmers, Indiana. Every year they host a 4th of July pool party. Every guest brings a dish and my Dad grills up some delicious meats! We spend the day laying in the sun, catching up with friends we only see a few times a year and splashing in the pool. My Dad is the king of fireworks and he always puts on a fun display.  The best part is when he lights a firework and it chases him across the road. (Please note he has never been hurt!) I love the 4th of July! It is such a happy holiday full of friends, laughter and happiness.

We hope you are having a fabulous 4th of July! For more information about all the wonderful things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

4th of July Weekend Update!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

4th of July 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.

Fireworks, live music, dancing; all this and more can be found during the Stars & Stripes Celebration on July 4, downtown Lafayette. This annual festive fourth concert features the Lafayette Citizens Band and Indiana All-Star Show Choir followed by fireworks at dusk. The concert will end at approximately 10 p.m. followed by the 25-minute fireworks display which will be launched from the south end of Tapawingo Drive in West Lafayette.

Ride the "Delphi"

Ride the “Delphi”

Head to the Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana for the Canal Days Festival on July 5 & 6. Throughout the weekend, enjoy live artisan demonstrations: tatting/ lace making, blacksmithing, bowl carving, broom making, basket weaving, crocheting/needle arts, and more! Noble Bikes will offer festival special half-hour rates on family paddle boats and pedal surrey rentals. Food and other vendors will also be on hand during the festival, and of course…take a ride on the canal boat, the Delphi, which will be offering rides throughout the weekend!

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