Weekend Update: Canal Days & Wolf Park Dog Day

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.

Happy 4th of July! Check out what is happening this fantastic summer weekend!

Celebrate the Canal Days Festival at the Wabash & Erie Canal! This Saturday, July 7th, begins the annual mid-summer festival! Following the big Lions Club street parade in Delphi at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Canal Days Festival activities will begin immediately and continue at Canal Park until 4 p.m.  All activities at the Canal will resume on Sunday, July 8th at 12 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.   Admittance is free.

The Wabash & Erie Canal Association offers for your entertainment a number of hit venues—the Canal Boat, Case House, Museum, re-enactors, a commemoration of the historic opening of the canal to Toledo, period crafters in the village, and a personal visit with ponies and oxen—all on two days for your enjoyment. You won’t want to miss this unique festival with so much to see and do! For more information, please see their website.

Are you a dog owner or just love dogs? You’ll be happy to know that Wolf Park is having a special event this weekend just for you. If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between dogs and wolves, you can find out from experts this Saturday, July 7th from 1-5 p.m.

Dogs and wolves are closely related and Wolf Park will help celebrate our animals’ closest cousins with Dog Day! They will be hosting dog groups from the area as they show off what ‘Dogs with Jobs’ can do, and demonstrate what amazing training can accomplish. Learn about your pets at home, and their wild cousins as well.

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

Five Free Things to Do this Summer in Lafayette-West Lafayette

With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to get a taste of the Lafayette-West Lafayette community! Check out these five free things that you and your family can check out this summer!

1. Lafayette Citizens Band Concerts

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can enjoy concerts from the Lafayette Citizens Band concerts on Thursday evenings! Pop down to Riehle Plaza to enjoy the classical music preformed by this group of locals. This band has been performing since 1842!

2. Natalie’s Second Chance Volunteer

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Help out the community and have a great time doing it by volunteering at Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter! Volunteers can help walk dogs and help with shelter duties. Spending time with these animals is free, and not only benefits them, but is sure for an adorable experience!

3. Stars and Stripes Concert

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Each year on Independence Day, there is a great holiday celebration at Riehle Plaza! The Lafayette Citizens Band performs a concert filled with patriotic music. The Stars and Stripes concert is followed by a stunning firework display at dusk (usually around 10 PM). Have fun and celebrate the Fourth of July with your community members!

4. Farmers’ Market

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The Farmers Market runs from May through October! It has three locations – Lafayette, West Lafayette, and on Purdue’s campus. It is one of the longest running farmers markets in Indiana, founded over 165 years ago! You can stroll through the stalls of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more.

5. Fort Ouiatenon

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Fort Ouiatenon is open weekends mid May—August from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the replica blockhouse, which was built in 1930. The Fort was built in 1717 and it was originally a fur trade post! This would be a great place to learn about some Indiana history and have fun exploring the recreated settlements.

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!

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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!
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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.

Family Fun Package – Enter to Win!

Family Fun Getaway!  Need a weekend with the family to bond and relax?  You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $500 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our summer fun!  Our local restaurants, hotels, attractions, and specialty shops have donated fun gifts to one special family.  Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question below)!

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Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply” and we will collect  all of them and pick a winner who is enthusiastic about visiting our great cities!

One great winner will win the following package!

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Silver Dipper

Ashley and her mom always share a banana split on Mother's Day at the Silver Dipper!

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Silver Dipper, an ice cream shop serving hand dipped delights that are refreshing, decadent and delicious!

Is there anything better on a hot, sunny day than an overflowing ice cream cone, a rich, smooth shake, or a banana split loaded with all the favorite flavors; chocolate, vanilla and strawberry?  I personally cannot think of anything better to do in the summer than heading to Silver Dipper to choose my ice cream creation for the day!  This summer has already been very hot, and I have to admit my visits to this ice cream shop are becoming more frequent every week.  My husband and I love to bike, and we head out on our bikes in the evenings or on a weekend afternoon and they somehow steer us to the Silver Dipper.  Many times we meet up with friends and their children, make our selections (which is hard because there are too many to count), and then relax in one of their booths and chat.  It is so relaxing and ‘just plain ol’ fun!’

The Silver Dipper offers visitors so many choices of ice cream.  They have a long row of window pane freezers full of diverse ice cream flavors where guests can look, taste and choose their flavor.  Every time I visit I always ask for a  “taste” of a flavor that is fun and unique.  Six months ago, during one of my “tastes”, I came upon the flavor zoreo, which is their zanzibar (a really rich dark chocolate) ice cream with big chunks of Oreo and marshmallow.  At this time, it is my favorite and is the perfect treat in their homemade waffle cones.  My husband, as I have stated in many prior blogs, is a creature of habit, and always orders 2 dips of their cookie dough ice cream.  I have tried to get him to change it up a bit, but he says “why mess with perfection!” He is correct; their ice cream is perfection in its creaminess and richness of flavor.  It offers some of the best ice cream I have ever eaten!

If you are headed to Silver Dipper please note there are not one, but two great locations in West Lafayette, Indiana.  One is located on the Levee at 201 East State Street and the other location is at 307 Sagamore Parkway.   Their servers are friendly and can create pretty much any ice cream specialty you are craving!

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 ice cream shop and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Tropicanoe Cove

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Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Tropicanoe Cove, an outdoor aquatic center that provides a watery paradise to visitors in the hot, sunny summers.

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, which means even though it is not officially summer via the calendar; to Americans it is the official weekend to declare time for vacation and summer fun.  This holiday is the weekend our local water park, Tropicanoe Cove, opens for the year.  You will hear kids laughing as they slide down the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide while adults sigh with contentment in their inner tubes in the leisurely Cattail Crik.

When I was a teenager I would beg my parents to go the Tropicanoe Cove.  I love swimming and this water park not only had a pool, but tons of cool slides and water features that would spray water everywhere.  I was a very active (somewhat hyper) teenager, and this park was the perfect place to expend all my natural energy.  My parents could sit back on the lounge chairs and relax, while I swam and played all day long.  They usually allowed me to bring a friend, which made it more fun!

As an adult, I am still pretty energetic and I love to swim.  But now instead of going down all the slides, I am signing up for one of the Lafayette Parks and Recreation programs, water walking.  A few of my friends shared they have water walked in the past and have invited me to join their group.  I cannot wait!  If you have ever water walked let me know your thoughts.  I imagine it is harder than it looks.

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 water park and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.