Spring Break Staycation 2018

Finally! Spring Break is here!

The month of March marks one of the biggest vacation times of the year. For students and their families, Spring break is an opportunity to spend together and relax! However, it’s not always possible to travel away for a vacation. As a Purdue student, I definitely understand that! But staying home doesn’t mean missing all the fun! You can stay close to home and still enjoy all the excitement of spring break.

There’s a ton of great things to check out on your “stay-cation” here in Lafayette!

Just a quick drive away!  Looking for somewhere close to visit? The Wabash and Erie Canal located in Delphi, Indiana, is a great option for someone interested in the outdoors and history. Make the quick 20 minute drive to the canal and experience the scenic river boat ride, the museum, and the replica Pioneer village!

Bowling fever!  Lafayette-West Lafayette has 4 bowling centers all awaiting guests to enjoy this inexpensive, family fun entertainment; Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead BowlMarket Square LanesPurdue Union Rack & Roll, and Landmark Lanes.

IMG_6314In the mood for something artistic?  You’ve got to check out Inspired Fire! Shannon Owens, owner and operator, creates and sells beautiful pieces of glass artistry. But the best part is, they also offer classes! Stop in and learn how to create your own beads, ornaments, and more!

Golf in winter? Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow-in-the-dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball.  While there are monsters all around the course – don’t worry, they’re friendly!

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Stay in town and still have a one-of-a-kind experience to tell your friends about by visiting the Marquis’ Doll Museum!

Looking to see something truly unique? Did you know that Lafayette has a doll museum? Pop into Marquis’ Dolls Museum and Restoration to do something exciting and new! Marquis’ is home to over XXX dolls and collectables.

Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of chances for spring break fun! To those travelers passing through and heading for a spring break destination (or those locals wanting to treat themselves to a relaxing time), please note we have  wonderful hotels that offer great amenities and good old-fashioned Hoosier hospitality. Our location is the perfect stop during your travels to rest before you head out farther south or on your way home. Our visitor center is also right off of Interstate 65 and is staffed with our friendly Visitor Information Specialists 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

From pretty much anywhere in the state of Indiana (and border states Illinois & Michigan) we are a 1 gas tank vacation destination. There are a host of fun family things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette that will create memories for a lifetime!

These are just a few family friendly activities in our area.  For more information about our area please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was written by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Sam Martin!

A Winner’s Dream Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Bowling Fun!

Bowling Fun!

Contests! Lafayette-West Lafayette hosts 7 amazing contests every year where one winner for each contest will have the opportunity to win a package to our area worth over $500.  You may think, I will never win, but we have had some very surprised and excited winners. Our Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016 Winners have already made two short trips to our area with their winnings.  Check out the fun they enjoyed in our 2 great cities.

Susan, mother of 4, is a native to Lafayette. She resides in Bloomington, Indiana, and entered the contest so if she won she could show her kids know just how awesome Lafayette and the surrounding communities are! Susan shares, “We are raising them to know the only Indiana College team to root for and MY favorite team….the Purdue Boilermakers! Boiler Up and Hammer Down!”

Susan brought her children to visit this past spring break. Enjoy checking out the photos from their fun vacation!

This photo is at Kathy's Candies. It was like "kids in a candy store" when we walked in.....well I guess it REALLY was kids in a candy store! Each of us got to spend $5 and boy was it hard for these kids to make a choice. After much deliberation, questions, decisions made and then rethinking the decision we finally walked out of the candy store with a soda, sour gummy worms and the rest in assorted chocolate truffles! Yummmmmm!

This photo is at Kathy’s Candies. It was like “kids in a candy store” when we walked in…..well I guess it REALLY was kids in a candy store! Each of us got to spend $5 and boy was it hard for these kids to make a choice. After much deliberation, questions, decisions made and then rethinking the decision we finally walked out of the candy store with a soda, sour gummy worms and the rest in assorted chocolate truffles! Yummmmmm!

After a long day of yard work at grandma and grandpas we headed to Arni's with our cousins. Our server was great and was able to keep up with the demands of a 15 top.....lots of pizza was consumed!

After a long day of yard work at grandma and grandpas we headed to Arni’s with our cousins. Our server was great and was able to keep up with the demands of a 15 top…..lots of pizza was consumed!

After dinner I would have been content to go back and relax at the hotel.  However, these kids had energy to burn....clearly we didn't work them hard enough doing yard work. There was lots of gutter balls, a few spares and a strike or two. Scores were low but spirits were high...young ones helped the big ones and bigs helped littles.

After dinner I would have been content to go back and relax at the hotel. However, these kids had energy to burn….clearly we didn’t work them hard enough doing yard work.
There was lots of gutter balls, a few spares and a strike or two. Scores were low but spirits were high…young ones helped the big ones and bigs helped littles.

Got a love the Homewood suites. The big king bed and of course the all you can eat breakfast! Couldn't have asked for a better night sleep.....specially since it was F.R.E.E.

Got a love the Homewood suites. The big king bed and of course the all you can eat breakfast! Couldn’t have asked for a better night sleep…..specially since it was F.R.E.E.

My kids had never been to triple XXX and it had been years since I had eaten there.  Since the hubby couldn't make it for this adventure we bought a six pack of root beer to bring home for him. Probably the most interesting part of the visit to Triple XXX was the fact that there was a tornado warning, sirens started blaring and we were all shipped out of the restaurant across the parking lot to a large storage closet that they have in their office building. I guess you could say we got a 45 minute " back stage" tour of Triple XXX!

My kids had never been to triple XXX and it had been years since I had eaten there. Since the hubby couldn’t make it for this adventure we bought a six pack of root beer to bring home for him. Probably the most interesting part of the visit to Triple XXX was the fact that there was a tornado warning, sirens started blaring and we were all shipped out of the restaurant across the parking lot to a large storage closet that they have in their office building. I guess you could say we got a 45 minute ” back stage” tour of Triple XXX!

Wow! What awesome fun! Thank you Susan for sharing your family’s adventure. Next Monday, June 13, check out www.HomeofPurdueBlog.com for our next Summer Fun Contest worth over $550!