2018 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2018 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides have arrived! Learn about our attractions, restaurants, arts and culture, Purdue and more! Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https:/https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2018-19visitorsguide.

Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides have arrived! Learn about our attractions, restaurants, arts and culture, Purdue and more! Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017-18lafayettevisitorsguide.

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Home of Purdue Tourism Tailgate May 11, 2017

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Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the fun celebration taking place next Thursday, May 11.  It is our annual Lafayette-West Lafayette Tourism Tailgate that is stocked full of fun activities, good food and live entertainment!  Join us anytime between 4pm and 7pm to celebrate tourism while eating, tasting beer and wine, and chatting with our staff and others attending.

We take pride in Lafayette-West Lafayette as being a great tourism destination which welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to enjoy our attractions, shops, restaurants, and our beautiful university, Purdue.  May 7 through May 13, 2017, is our time to embrace tourism and everything it offers to our community with this tourism tailgate party.  This event will showcase what there is to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, so if you are traveling through our area, a “local”, or a recent newcomer, this is the event for you!

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 10.56.26 AMThis year’s tailgate is stocked with fun events. Wildcat Creek Winery will be offering wine samples and People’s Brewery and Thieme and Wagner Brewery will be offering free samples of their beer.  Local musicians, Steve Hill and Scott Greeson, will be performing and taking requests.  Do not miss grabbing a hotdog and/or hamburger loaded with all the trimmings along with a cold bottle of Triple XXX root beer.  Local attractions will have booths set up at the visitors center to meet guests and share all their “happenings” this year. The Boilermaker Special, a favorite of children and adults alike, will be taking guests on rides throughout the area from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (weather permitting and barring any mechanical issues).

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

 

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Painting with a Twist: A Fun Spin on a Night Out

img_1700You walk into the studio, easels are set up with blank canvases and there is a featured selection in the front of the room. You sit down in front of one of the easels. By the end of the event, this blank canvas in front of you will be filled with images and colors much like what you see in front. You may not know what you are doing, but fear not, there is a studio artist present that will give step-by-step guidance as you make your first and final brushstrokes. There is laughing and smiling occurring around you and glasses of wine being consumed. And to think you were going to stay at home tonight and just watch Netflix.

This visualization features just one of the many types of events that the newly opened Painting with a Twist, located off of Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette, caters to. Kid friendly classes are also available. Regularly scheduled events can be found on their online calendar. The calendar gives information about the featured painting/theme of the event, pricing, and the start/end times of the event.  Unless otherwise noted on the calendar, regularly scheduled events are for those that are 18 years old and over. Private parties and events can be booked as well. Alcohol can be bought on premise to enjoy while painting if you are of age and show a valid ID.img_1705

img_1699Some featured selections that will be making an appearance at the studio in the next months include but not limited to: Autumn Bouquet, Fun Whimsy Tree-Kids Class, Midnight Blues, Paint your Own Pet, Monogram Pumpkin, Black Dress-Ladies Night, and Love in the Sand.

So grab some friends, try your hand at painting for a night, and sip on a glass of wine. It’s time to have a Twisted evening.

Jordan, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog. For more information about this attraction and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Events: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Trail of Scarecrows

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factoryLafayette-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.

A family favorite and masterpiece of fun, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is being showcased at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, on October 14-16.  The eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents, and hides five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. Join Charlie Bucket in his hunt for a golden ticket and his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s world-famous Chocolate Factory! This is a A Civic Youth Theatre Production.

img_2684Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area, and find Prophetstown State Park’s Trail of Scarecrows this weekend. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more. Support their creative efforts and “penny vote” for best scarecrow in the Visitor Center. These penny votes will add up, and all proceeds benefit the interpretive programs at Prophetstown State Park. (Our very own Sports Marketing and Recreation Manager, created a scarecrow called Purdue Game Day Traveler. Check him out!!)

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

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Two Cultures Clashed: Battle of Tippecanoe

marching2-dan-hesterA piece of American history lies 7 miles north of Lafayette-West Lafayette in a wooded area where Native Americans lost their hold on the fertile Midwestern lands they had roamed for thousands of years in the Battle of Tippecanoe.

The Tippecanoe Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, is a site where visitors can explore and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battle ground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.

The past comes alive as one walks on the same ground where the American soldiers and Native Americans came face-to-face to begin the War of 1812. The monument is a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives. It is crazy to think that a life changing moment for our great nation occurred just down the street from where we live, in Battle Ground, IN.

battfieldfalleagleThe Tippecanoe Battlefield is more than the historical site; visitors can tour the interesting museum and gain more knowledge about what happened on that fateful day and era.  As one explores around the area, he or she will discover a beautiful creek behind the battlefield with trails to venture into the woods. Although a brutal event occurred, this place is a tranquil area to learn about our nation’s past as well as explore the region’s nature.battfieldfall4

Think, over 200 years ago, a great battle was fought right here in Tippecanoe County that played in the establishment of the United States. Come and visit this piece of history that is literally in our backyards!  For more information about this battle and other historical sites in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.