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!
 Igloo Employees
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.

Summertime Adventure in Lafayette-West Lafayette; Putt Putt, Disc Golf, Paintball and More!

Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf

It’s summertime in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area! School is out and campus is quite empty. Therefore, I’ve had to broaden my horizons and try new activities throughout this summer. I soon discovered that it’s extremely easy finding fun new things to do around the area. I have thoroughly been enjoying a variety of different endeavors and pushing myself out of my normal boundaries to experience all new things.

This summer has been a bit rainy; however, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Monster Mini Golf is where I usually head on those days where the rain never seems to cease. On my first trip there, I parked and thought to myself, “This building is so tiny. How could they possibly fit a miniature golf course in there?” However, I walked in to a big, lively area with welcoming employees. To my surprise, not only is there a decked out miniature golf course, but an arcade as well. One of my favorite features about the building is that the regular lights are all dimmed and you travel through the course with the assistance of black lights around every corner. Make sure you wear white or neon colors to glow throughout the whole facility! The course is full of fun obstacles and unique touches to make it one of a kind. As you stroll from hole to hole, you come face-to-face with monsters of all types but beware! There are surprises along the way. Although I really enjoy miniature golfing, my skills would make you think otherwise, but that’s OK! Monster Mini Golf understands the struggle and always gives the loser a free pass to come back and touch up on their putt-putt skills, which I greatly appreciate! Everyone ends up winning in the end. Another miniature golf course that I plan on hitting on a nice, sunny day is Precision Putt Plus to further sharpen up my skills.

Disc Golf!

Disc Golf!

One activity that is extremely new to me is disc golfing, but ever since I’ve discovered it, I have been wondering where its been my whole life?! Although it is yet another sport that I may not be the best at, it is so fun that it doesn’t even matter how well you play! One of my favorite things about disc golf is the scenery. All of the courses I have played on have been in beautiful, woodsy areas. Not only is it pretty, but the surroundings also add fun obstacles to it. However, I have thrown a disc or two into the middle of the woods or in ponds, but my lovely boyfriend is always kind enough to retrieve them for me. It is also deceivingly quite a workout, which is never a bad thing! I could use the exercise, and my favorite kind of exercise is the type where you don’t even realize you’re working out! After walking through trails and hills to get to each hole and throwing discs upon discs, your body will be getting a decent workout. My personal favorite course so far has been Murdock Park due to its landscape and friendly fellow disc golfers. However, its fun to add variety and add new challenges by playing at different parks around Lafayette such as Slayter Hill at Purdue, Faith Community Center, or Ross Hills Park.

An exploit I still have left to undergo is paint balling. As I mentioned before, I may not be the best at sports, but this is one where I feel as if I should train before heading in. Unlike the other activities, this one involves me getting hit by items. Clumsy, awkward, scaredy-cat me, needs to brace myself for such an exhilarating time. I’m very excited to take part in it, and I’m hoping it will toughen me up. I’ll be venturing to Arrows III & Tackle Too in the near future to push myself out of my comfort zone and make a fun summer memory.

It seems like sweet summertime is flying by so fast, so I plan to make the very best of it by trying new things and journeying to different places! It will be yet another unforgettable summer to add to the list. I encourage you to step outside of your normal activities and try something new. You never know what new hobby you may come across!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley.  For more information about these activities and more in our area visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.