Top 5 Sledding Tips & Winter Fun at Home of Purdue

Did you know you can cross country ski at Prophetstown State Park? Bring your ski’s!

Looking for a fun winter activity for the whole family? We recommend sledding! Here at the Visitors Center we spent the day testing out the best sledding hills in the area and brainstormed 5 tips for you to have a terrific experience sledding.

  1. Bundle up!
    • This might seem like common sense, but it gets really cold when you get out in the snow. So, before you head out with your sled in hand make sure you have all the essentials: scarf, hat, gloves, coat, multiple pairs of socks, and hand-warmers. You might break a sweat climbing up and down the big hills, but it is vital to dress warmly.

      Kids having fun at Murdock Park!

  2. Map out which hills to try in advance.
    • Our next piece of advice is to plan your day in advance. We began at Prophetstown State Park with some cross country skiing and a snowball fight. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at Arni’s at Market Square before our final stop at Murdock Park. With so many options here in Lafayette/West Lafayette, make the most of you day by choosing which hills you want to go to ahead of time.
  3. Have no fear.
    • Now some of these hills can be decidedly intimidating (have you seen Slater Hill?!) but to have the most thrilling experience you must simply be brave and go for it at full speed! We wiped out plenty of times, but those moments are now fantastic memories of a fun day together.

      We had so much fun at Murdock Park!

  4. Go home when you can’t feel your feet anymore.
    • Once it gets to a certain point, it will be time to pack up and head home. Safety first around here and that means we want you to be able to feel your fingers and toes! Head home once you are too cold. Don’t worry you can come back again!
  5. Drink some hot cocoa to warm back up.
    • Finally, (and this is my favorite piece of advice) drink some hot cocoa! I have so many memories of spending the day building snowmen and having snowball fights, and then coming inside where it’s warm and cozy. My mom would always have a huge cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows for my sister and me. This is the perfect way to end a perfect day of sledding.

Fun at Prophetstown State Park!

We hope these tips are helpful for you the next time you adventure out into the cold to go sledding. We would love to see pictures and hear about your own advice, so tag us on facebook or instagram @homeofpurdue. Happy sledding!

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

Summer Days at Murdock Park and Budge’s Drive In

IMG_4851 Living in Indiana my whole life, I’ve learned to appreciate the warm summer days. After experiencing my share of long Indiana winters, I take advantage of the warm weather by spending my days outside! Lafayette and West Lafayette give me the perfect opportunities to do just that.

Recently, I went exploring through Murdock Park. To my surprise, the park is much larger than I originally thought. Conveniently located in the middle of the city, the park has a lot to offer to the public. For the kids, there is a nice playground area with features for all ages of children. Make a day out of it by packing a picnic or grilling out at the handy grills offered throughout the park. You can spread out a blanket or gather around the various picnic tables offered around the area. Hosting a large event? Murdock is the perfect location for an outdoor get-together. With something for all ages, a great location, and two 50-table picnic shelters, it will be a joy for all. Contradicting to its urban location, Murdock Park is also an excellent place to walk through forest terrain. Their 0.52-mile trail gives you the opportunity to admire the wildlife that scurries through the wooded area and has a whopping variety of 40 different trees within the park itself. Murdock Park is also known for its diverse disc golf course. With a mixture of rolling hills and moderately wooded areas, this course provides an enjoyable challenge to its golfers while also still acceptable for new players. As a newbie myself, I must say that I enjoyed playing this course, although I may have thrown a disc or five in the middle of the woods… However, that makes it all the more fun because everyone needs a chance to get a good laugh at yourself. We all have to start somewhere, right?



Before heading home, an excellent way to wrap up your summertime picnic or to cool down after your hike is to grab a delicious ice cream cone. Just a short drive away is the family-owned and operated Budge’s Drive In, and I ensure that it will be the “cherry on top” of your day. As a historic icon throughout Lafayette, Budge’s has been happily serving customers since 1942. They offer every type of ice cream you could ever imagine, from the classics, such as vanilla, all the way to off-the-wall flavors such as their Flavorburst cone! This long-time community favorite also offers delicious lunch and dinner options such as pulled pork sandwiches, coney dogs, cheeseburgers, and more! Sprinkle some fun on your summer by adding this to your summer bucket list.

Although the weather throughout Indiana may be harsh sometimes, it sure has taught me to appreciate the good-weathered days. The sun seems to shine a little brighter and the summers feel that much better knowing I’ve been looking forward to the summer season all winter long. Make the best of your summer by savoring the little things such as a hike through Murdock Park and grabbing a sweet treat from Budge’s Drive In. These moments add up to create an irreplaceable, good ole Indiana summer to treasure forever.

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shared this blog.