Weekend Update: Family Fun Run & Traveler’s Dream Live!

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.

If you want to have some fun getting active this weekend, join in on the Family Fun Run this Saturday, March 30th. Bring your family and enjoy a fun 1 mile run (or walk) through campus. Friends of all ages, dogs on leashes, bikes, strollers, and wagons are welcome! Race-day check-in will begin at 8:00am and the 1 mile walk/run will start at 9:15am.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Patty Jischke “Kids Are The Future” Endowment! The race will start at the Purdue University Early Care and Education Center and end at the Miller Child Development Lab School. The Boilermaker Special Train will be on site to give rides from the finish line back to the starting line! To register or donate, visit their website here.

Friday nights are for live music! Join the fun at Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette for an enjoyable evening filled with laughter, conversation, and upbeat, rollicking music – all provided by none other than Greater Lafayette’s own Traveler’s Dream.  This quartet specializes in Celtic as well as early American and Canadian traditional music, and they set the bar for traditional music–outstanding fiddle, guitar, ulleann pipes, tin whistle, and more. You can’t get any closer to a night in a pub in the old country unless you’re right smack in the middle of the Ring of Kerry. Starting at 6pm on Friday, March 29th, enjoy a uniquely Irish experience!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Get Outdoors Blog Contest Winner 2016

Get Outside Prestart 2We have the winner of our “Get Outdoors Contest 2016″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Laurie from Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

She shares, “Wow!! Thank you so much!  I am beyond excited; I’m ecstatic! I remember when I entered this contest, I was thinking it would be awesome to win, as I love the West Lafayette/Lafayette area. I never thought I’d actually win, so this has really made my day! We’ve been coming here to visit for the past 7 summers, and we always have a very memorable time. I know there’s much we haven’t gotten to see and do yet. One of the things I wanted to do this summer and didn’t get to is the Wolf Park, so I’m thrilled about having the opportunity to do so.  I definitely would be more than happy to share our experiences. Thank you again!  We can’t wait to come back”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in September, 2016. The theme will be “Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette.”


Spring is Here and We Are Heading to the Celery Bog!

Celery Bog ChapmanSpring is finally here, and I can honestly say that I’m not looking back! As a student, you learn to appreciate even a slight increase of temperature as you walk from class-to-class nearly every day. The winter has given me a bad case of cabin fever and bitterness towards Mother Nature, but the change of seasons has left me with spring fever, and I now look forward to the adventures this spring will bring!

James Chapman - Celery BogOne of my first stops this spring will be a trip to the beautiful Celery Bog located in West Lafayette. It’s just a hop and skip away from my neighborhood, and I enjoy walking the paths that lead to the park as well as the actual park trails themself. The warmer the weather, the more I find myself more dedicated to go out for physical activity. The Celery Bog is hands-down one of my favorite locations in all of Tippecanoe County to go on a nice, refreshing run. There are numerous trails to choose from with stunning scenic views. Around every winding corner is a breath of fresh air and nature scenes. Looking for a time of relaxation? The Celery Bog offers tranquil atmospheres to those who need more leisure in their life. Along the trails, you can find frequent benches to take a seat and soak it all in. I even recommend bringing a book on a nice day. Keep your eye out for the cute and welcoming wildlife that resides within the bog’s woodlands such as adorable squirrels, rabbits, birds, and more!

IMG_7400Speaking of animals, the Celery Bog is an excellent park to bring your furry four-legged friends! Although it sounds funny to most, I often take my precious cat, Simba, for walks throughout the trails. I am not ashamed to admit that I am one of those “crazy cat ladies!” Ever since Simba was a kitten, I’ve taken him outside so he doesn’t learn to fear the outdoors. With a name such as “Simba,” he must live up to his exotic title after all (or so I tell myself)! I often see many other pet owners walking their dogs throughout the beautiful landscape, but I have yet to see another cat. I encourage all animal owners to bring their furry companions for an energizing day outdoors this spring!

SONY DSCThe Celery Bog is also a great place to bring the whole family! Bring a blanket for a lovely picnic in the open landscape featured by the parking lot or throw a football or Frisbee for a fun game that gets you out and moving! The Celery Bog also hosts a variety of events and workshops in their Lilly Nature Center to educate those of all ages about nature-like topics such as birds, bugs, geology, nature photography, and so much more!  Keep your eye on our online calendar of events for upcoming workshops and educational opportunities held at Lilly Nature Center.

IMG_7402The winter is finally behind us, and we get to look forward to brighter days. Break out of the cabin fever mentality and look for ways to spend your free time outdoors. It seems like it has been far too long since I’ve been able to enjoy the weather. I hope to see many of you at the Celery Bog! Cat lovers: start bringing your cats! Simba needs to make some friends. Enjoy the weather everyone!

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

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Lafayette-West Lafayette

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Enjoy these beautiful, snow filled photos of areas all over our 2 beautiful cities. It may be chilly out (negative 2 below 0 is a bit cold!), but these sites are not to be missed! And it looks like the weather is warming up…the high today is 15 degrees! Grab your coat, muffler, and scarf and explore the wonders of winter.

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Weekend Update: Hiking and Musical Arts all in one weekend!

Flowers at Prophetstown State Park

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 (and legendary!) events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Spring fever is in the air and  Prophetstown State Park has some fun hikes set up this Saturday, April 27, to get visitors out to the park to enjoy all the beautiful wildflowers and the lovely prairie landscape.  From 11 am to 4 pm, participate in the “Prophetstown Prairie to Village Hike” where you will travel back in time to when Native Americans called this land their own. On the way to the village, everyone will learn about the importance of living where the two rivers meet and discover how Prophetstown got its name. You will also be able to tour the council house and other buildings.

At 2 pm, the “Eat and Be Well Plants Hike” is taking visitors on a journey of health and nutrition. Springtime welcomes an array of wildflowers that provide nutritional and health benefits and you will discover the edible and medicinal plants hiding in the woodlands -everyone will even snack on a few!

Enjoy a night of music on Saturday, April 27, as Rachel Barton Pine performs at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.  Renowned violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, brings her unparalleled musical skill to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Whether playing electric violin with her thrash metal band or performing from her extensive classical repertoire, Ms. Barton Pine’s dazzling technique and infectious joy are certain to sweep you away.

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

Spring Equals Camping in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great camping facilities!  Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 6 different campgrounds?   It is officially springtime in Indiana and that means to get out your camping gear and head to one of these campgrounds to enjoy the beauty of Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  • Big Fish ‘n Campground – this campground features 70 sites with unlimited overflow.  Amenities include disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and swimming.
  • Kendo Lake – this campground features 60 sites with unlimited overflow. Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and swimming.
  • Lafayette AOK Campground – this campground features 125 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Prophetstown State Park – this campground features 110 sites. Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Ross Camp – this campground features 15 modern & 4 primitive sites.  Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – this campground features 133 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and Wi-Fi.

Each of our campgrounds is open all year long and many are located near a body of water.  Are you headed out this spring to take in the warmer weather?  If so, share with us your favorite campground and what makes it so special.

Our campgrounds are not to be missed on your next visit to our area. For more information about these sites and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Dare to Bear & The Lollipop Concert

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 and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Feel daring this weekend?  This Friday, February 1, start the month off being adventurous at “Dare to Bear” at the Riverside Skating Center.  You may ask, what exactly does “Dare to Bear” entail?  It is a polar bear skate in which participants wear bathing suits.  Please note Riverside Skating Center is OUTDOORS!  February in Indiana is a bit chilly (to say the least), and this event will definitely be a venture!  Personally, I will not be participating, but I will be an active fan on the sidelines cheering on those who do!

Looking for a special event for children?  In Lafayette on Friday, February 1, bring your children to Long Center for the Performing Arts for “The Lollipop Concert“. The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is hosting a night of fun for children of all ages to learn about the instruments of the orchestra through two captivating musical stories. Journey from the jungle to the big city with Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant. Then, dive into an action packed story of American history with Peck’s Jack and Jill at Bunker Hill. Arrive early for the Instrument Petting Zoo!

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

Imagine this ice skating rink full of people in BATHING SUITS during “Dare to Bear”!


Happy Hollow Park

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great recreational facilities, parks and activities to choose from!  Hike the wooded trails at Happy Hollow Park this summer to enjoy the scenic beauty of Indiana.

This summer has been a “hot” one!  My husband and I love to walk and hike and usually every evening we unwind after a long day by taking a walk as we share our days’ adventures.   This summer’s heat, though, has made it tough to keep our nightly ritual going.  Thankfully, Happy Hollow Park is nearby (and wooded to keep out the powerful sun) allowing us the opportunity to exercise and spend time together.  The park features a series of hiking trails which really gets the heart rate going and the energy pumping in our systems.

Another fun summer adventure we started this year is playing volleyball with our friends at Happy Hollow Park.  They have 2 outdoor volleyball courts visitors can use.  We usually bring some hotdogs to grill at one of their 4 picnic shelters along with a cooler of soft drinks and water to stay hydrated.  We plan on taking better advantage of these amenities in the fall when it cools off more!  My husband loves baseball/softball, and he is trying to convince us we need to switch and play softball on their playing field; so far he has been outvoted by those (including myself!) who love to play volleyball.

Isolated Paradise

Happy Hollow Park is not to be missed on your next visit to our area.  For more information about this park and other outdoor recreational spaces in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com