The 10 Best Things to Do in West Lafayette, United States

January 13, 2018 Viva Honore

West Lafayette /ˌwɛst ˌlɑːfiˈɛt/ is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 103 miles (166 km) southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette. As of the 2016 census estimate, its population was 45,872. It is the most densely populated city in Indiana and is home to Purdue University.
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1. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN +1 765-494-1776
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

Purdue University

Reviewed By DMJA21 - Fishers, Indiana

My wife and I attended the dedication of the WALC today. It is located where the old power plant used to be directly across from the Bell Tower. It is the premier active learning center in the country utilizing advanced audio visual technologies, classroom design, library science and electronic communication to facilitate teaching and learning. Its construction enabled the consolidation of 5 libraries into one while providing significantly enhanced classroom, reading room and study spaces.

The WALC is well worth the time it takes to see it. In addition to viewing the features mentioned above, the main Reading Room located on the 2nd floor houses the original painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware . It has been loaned to the University for display in the WALC. It is massive covering an entire wall of the Reading Room.

2. Columbian Park Zoo

1915 Scott St, Lafayette, IN 47904-2929 +1 765-807-1540
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Columbian Park Zoo

Reviewed By Amanda S

Always enjoy walking around and seeing the animals, even just my husband and I go. The goats are fun to pet and see and I love the butterflies.

3. Samara House

1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371 +1 765-409-5522
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5 based on 60 reviews

Samara House

House is open for tours April through November by reservation only. We do not have regular tour times, so they are not posted anywhere. The best way to get the tour information and schedule is to email us and the information will be sent to you. House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the John Christian family in 1954 and is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is one of the most complete of Wright's designs and represents a pristine example of his Usonian architecture. SAMARA is strictly maintained to the exacting standards set by Mr. Wright. SAMARA contains refinements of over forty innovations by this world famous architect, yet is unique in that it was specifically designed for Dr. Christian and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Linda. Adults $10, college students $3, children under 17 are free. Tours last about 1.5 hours.

Reviewed By mich-weedman

Contact first by email as early as possible to join a tour group: $10 adults well worth it. Enter and sit in living room for a very good introduction to FLW and his architectural philosophy and genious. Then more details on this house, its owners, and how it came to be. Then a tour of the house and a question and answer time. Very steep driveway. OK to drive right up to the house as if you owned it. Park right up by the front door under portico. About 90 minutes of an educational good time.

4. Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art

920 State St, Lafayette, IN 47905-1215 +1 765-742-6449
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5 based on 37 reviews

Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art

What makes a tour of the Haan Museum so memorable? The Classical Revival mansion was the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Many of the hand-carved components are from a 1760 Connecticut mansion. The Museum shows the best collection of paintings by Indiana's most notable historic artists, including major works by TC Steele, paintings of Native Americans by George Winter, Regionalist paintings. See major ceramics by Indiana clay artists and impressive American antiques in a home-like setting. See website for special exhibits and tour schedule. Sculpture garden features over 20 Indiana sculptures along a wheelchair-accessible path. Nature trail winds through native Indiana trees marked with informational signs, and is is open dawn to dusk daily. Also learn about the cemented terrace gravel deposit formed by a series of glaciers. Moderately challenging 1-mile trail crosses a ravine via bridges. Guests often report seeing several deer.

Reviewed By Barrett C - Lafayette, Indiana

This museum is an improving public space integrated with / highlighting the collection of a private family. The holiday museum excursion was a delightful (if slightly overwhelming) display of the various pieces of the family collection. As the family and museum gain experience and familiarity with curation, display, and interpretation, the collection is becoming easier to appreciate. I especially enjoyed the technologies, and the stories, associated with the grandfather clocks and music boxes.

5. Wildcat Creek Winery

3233 E 200 N, Lafayette, IN 47905-8801 +1 765-838-3498
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery is a small rustic winery in Lafayette, Indiana, fashioning hand-crafted fine wines from local fruit. Stop by today to taste our award-winning wines, see the antique Hoosier farmhouse which serves as the tasting room, and enjoy the down-home Hoosier hospitality!

Reviewed By C321162 - Whittier, California

I am from Lafayette but don't visit often but this weekend I was in town for a golf event and found this gem. What a wonderful winery!!! I was so impressed by the wines that I would say it is a must stop for anyone going from through Lafayette off I-65. Even got a bottle back to California to enjoy at a later date.

6. Prophetstown State Park

5545 Swisher Rd, Battle Ground, IN 47906-8648 +1 765-567-4919
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4 based on 75 reviews

Prophetstown State Park

Reviewed By fdwt994 - Indianapolis, Indiana

We learned that this campground is difficult to get reservations for during the summer and for good reason- the sites are very spacious and private, particularly in the "Spruce" full hook-up loop. There's also a fantastic aquatic center that has a lazy river, large splash / activity center for the little ones, and a couple of pretty decent water slides. The aquatic center also has a concession stand and plenty of shaded spots to relax. The farm seems to be in a state of neglect. We last visited in 2007 and the decline was noticeable. Overall we had a great time and will be sure to make our reservations early!

7. Mackey Arena

900 John R. Wooden Drive, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47906
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Mackey Arena

Reviewed By Kathy L - West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

what a great game against Illinois tonight!! Loved it!! the Zooperstars were a fun addition to half time...

8. Lilly Nature Center

Celery Bog, 1620 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 +1 765-775-5172
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Lilly Nature Center

Reviewed By Sandra W - West Lafayette, Indiana

Come, sit and rest in the glass fronted viewing area where small animals and birds come to feast. You will want to build one at your own home. This building on the edge of a noted bog is a first class experience, with or without children. You will learn about the area from the time of the glaciers up to now! Lots of hands on exploration for pre-school through high school, or more. A lecture hall has frequent events on these subjects. Closed during the very coldest months, so call ahead. A new sculpture like a ship's sails fronts the hidden entrance to the approach road. Drive very carefully, because deer, toddlers and poison ivy abound. The foot trails are well kept; don't wander into the ivy! A visit here is an unforgettable experience thanks to our local Parks system. The entire bog is surrounded by nature, where we can walk. Not sure about the golf course on one side. Our residence abuts the Celery Bog so we get to enjoy it all the time! Even celebrities have said they would love to live near this bog/Nature Center.

9. Ross-Ade Stadium

850 Steven Beering Dr, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47906 +1 765-494-3189
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4 based on 40 reviews

Ross-Ade Stadium

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

My fondest memories of Purdue University's Ross-Ade Stadium were flying over the stadium on a flight in a two-engine Piper Cub from Columbia, South Carolina, to Chicago's O'Hare Airport after completing six months of Army training in 1963 and watching future Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese beat my alma mater Illinois 25-21 en route to the Rose Bowl in 1966. Ross-Ade Stadium was built in 1924 with a seating capacity of 13,500. Today, after several additions and renovations, its seating capacity is 62.500. Purdue football is noted for two things: its reputation for being the cradle of quarterbacks and its world-famous marching band. Griese is perhaps the most famous of many outstanding quarterbacks developed at Purdue over the years. Others include Dale Samuels, Len Dawson, Drew Brees, Mark Herrmann, Mike Phipps and Gary Danielson. But a Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium is more that a football game. The 389-member marching band, which has been the host band for the Indianapolis 500 since 1927, is noted for the World's Largest Drum, the Purdue Golden Girl featured twirler and the Block P, the first field formation ever created by a marching band in 1907. In 2014, Purdue introduced another unique renovation. The bleachers in the south end zone, which seated 6,100 spectators, were removed to make room for a Patio area for fans to enjoy a party-like atmosphere with tables and concessions. From the air or the 50-yard line or the Patio, it's always an exhilarating experience to attend a football game at Ross-Ade Stadium.

10. Fort Ouiatenon

South River Road, West Lafayette, IN +1 765-476-8411
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Fort Ouiatenon

Reviewed By parrottdize - Dyer, Indiana

For one weekend each fall the "Feast of the Hunters Moon" is held at this park. It is a great fun filled feast.....lots of entertainment.....a good selection of food booths.......and many unique items for sale. Many people wear period clothing and practice crafts from the 1700's.
Next year the feast (the 50th) will be held on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st of 2017.....this coincides with the 300 anniversary of the founding of Fort Quiatenon.

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