7 Splashin’ Locations at Home Of Purdue

It’s almost July 4th! What are you doing today to enjoy this national holiday? Are you hosting a BBQ or traveling to visit friends and family? Or maybe you are heading out to one of our many great outdoor recreation location in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Whether you are staying home or traveling, it is a great holiday to sit back and relax and enjoy the day off!

Fun at Loeb Fountain at Purdue University!

Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 outdoor aquatic centers (website: scroll to swimming section), Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park and the Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, as well as 3 outdoor pools, Castaway Bay, West Lafayette Municipal Pool and Vinton Pool. 2 splash water public art fountains, The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture and Loeb Fountain, are also open for water fun at Purdue University.  Kick off your shoes, grab your swimming suit and be prepared to have a blast!

Just chillin’ at Tropicanoe Cove!

Tropicanoe Cove is a favorite of many and has been creating laughter and fun for years.  Shouts and squeals can be heard from kids and adults making a great splash down the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide! (This is where you will find my husband who is a big kid at heart)! Looking for a more leisurely afternoon? Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik. Please note this is where you will find me! There are plenty of lounge chairs to catch the rays and enjoy the Indiana sun!

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, located in Indiana’s newest state park, provides entertainment for the entire family with pools, slides, splash stations and a winding lazy river. A great feature of the park is its effort to preserve the area’s past. There are glacier boulders and a wide range of native plants and trees that pay homage to the land’s history and tie in perfectly with the rest of the state park.

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

An adventure is waiting for you at Castaway Bay! Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features that make up this family-friendly aquatic center, located in Armstrong Park!

Three heated pools, a baby pool that is less than one foot deep, an intermediate pool that is 1 1/2 to 3 foot deep and a large pool that is 3 1/2 to 12 1/2 foot deep with two low diving boards welcome you at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool. Also, there are 3 shade structures to relax under on hot summer days!

The renovated Vinton Pool is located at 3111 Prairie Lane and features a beach-like entrance, double water slide, playful water geysers, large umbrellas and lap lanes. Pool rental is available after hours as well.

The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture (website: scroll to Purdue section), is a popular spot on campus. The concrete sculpture is 38 feet tall and has 280 colored lights to illuminate the water and stainless steel cylinder. When on, the fountain jets upward 588 gallons of recycled water per minute. Beware, the spray is mighty powerful but oh so much fun!

Loeb Fountain (website: scroll to Purdue section) was constructed in 1959 to honor Solomen Loeb, a local merchant, with money donated by Bert and June Loeb. It is located in the center of Founder’s Park where it was dedicated in 1994. The fountain is made of granite and uses 2200 gallons of recycled water per minute. All summer long, find school children running and laughing through the spray! Bring a picnic and enjoy summer at this fun Purdue water art piece.

Fly high!! Prophetstown State Park!

Make sure you head to one (or all if you are truly adventurous) of our water attractions! It will lead to a great summer! For more information about these water adventures and other outdoor recreation in our area, visit 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

Tropicanoe Cove

Banana Peel!

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.

Music & Purdue Swimming & Diving

Duncan Hall

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or are you a local looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Visit Lafayette, Indiana, this Sunday, January 15, to listen to the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society perform at Duncan Hall, home to the CHA (Community House Association).  Enjoy a program which includes Debussy’s Trio for harp, flute and viola in this spacious Georgian, Colonial-style building.  The music, ambience and entertainment will be an afternoon not to be missed!

Boilermaker Aquatic Center

Let’s cheer on our Purdue Women’s and Men’s Swimming & Diving Teams as they take on Michigan State on Saturday, January 14, at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Watch these athletes with amazing strength and endurance compete in platform diving, butterfly stroke, freestyle relay and many more individual and team competitions!  Our Purdue Swimming & Diving Team has had the privilege of training Olympic athletes in this 80,000 plus square foot facility.  Fun fact: 430,000 bricks were used in the construction of the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, if laid end to end– that would reach 56 miles!

For more information about these events and more taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.