Effortlessly Make your Way around West Lafayette’s Historical Centers, Galleries and Water Parks in a Charter Bus
Unforgettable Visits to Zoos, Iconic Landmarks and Dining District in West Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette has a deep history as a developing town but today, it is located within Tippecanoe County, 65 miles from Indianapolis and 103 miles from Chicago, IL, directly across Wabash River and its sister city, Lafayette. Augusta Wylie was the first known person to lay out the town in 1836 but his dream never really came to fruition because of constant flooding around the area. It was only through the emergence of Purdue University in 1869 that saw the quick rise of West Lafayette as a city. There were no connecting roads to West Lafayette for a long time despite having established municipal infrastructure and services but with Purdue University attracting students and families to the area, it expanded further with the construction of US Highway 231. Today, West Lafayette is home to wonderful attractions like Purdue State Bank, Celery Bog Nature and Lily Nature Center, Fort Ouiatenon, Harry’s Chocolate Shop, Purdue University Horticulture Gardens, Samara and many more. And if you are new to the region, come be a part of unique local festivals like Stars and Stripes Celebration, Wabash Riverfest, Dancing & Cruising in the Street, Art on the Wabash, The Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, Art in Bloom, Round the Fountain Art Fair and many more!
Some of the city’s best attractions today includes zoos, resorts, spas, outdoor nature centers and sporting arenas. So, people will get to enjoy nature and learn about local wildlife at attractions like The Columbian Park Zoo and then cool off with family and friends at Indiana Beach Amusement Resort or have a field trip at a beautiful attraction like Lilly Nature Center. Visitors will also get to enjoy LIVE entertainment produced by the locals at Tippecanoe County Amphitheater or race your friends around NASCAR Go Cart track. There are top quality performances held all year round at Slayter Center of Performing Arts, a friendly and warm atmosphere at the tasting room of Wildcat Creek Winery and educational experience to be had by all at Rotary Jail Museum and Tannenbaum Cultural Center. If you are visiting West Lafayette in a large group or organizing a wedding, birthday party, field trip, fundraising dinner, church retreat or corporate outing, US Coachways is ready to be at your service. Included in the list of top largest ground transportation companies in the United States, with our decades of experience in the ground transportation industry, we are confident about our ability to connect you to the right vehicles at the right price. Give us a call and speak to our staff today.
The Attractions in West Lafayette are Diverse, Modern and Historically Stunning at the Same Time
All the points of interest in and around West Lafayette have their own charms. Some are modern, some are family-friendly, others offers scenic views of local nature and wildlife. With that said, it means there’s something for everyone to do when visiting this wonderfully charming and friendly city. Let us show you what we mean by summarizing some of the best attractions in West Lafayette below.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — One of the best places to head out to during the hot summer months is Indiana Beach Amusement Resort in downtown Monticello, less than 45 minutes drive away. There are fun water slides, park area and a thrilling roller-coaster but for indoor entertainment, you can always count on Main Street Amusements for top quality facilities. It is known as the ‘Largest Pinball Arcade’ in Indiana and it holds unique pinball tournaments every month and leagues throughout the year. You can also go swimming, go on a Jolly Roy pirate ship ride at Buccaneer Bay Indoor Aquatic Center in downtown Lafayette, enjoy a few rounds of glow-in-the-dark mini golfing at Monster Mini Golf, race yourself around the go-kart arena or shop at the toy store of NASCAR Go Cart track or have a bowling party with your friends at Market Square Lanes and Star Lanes.
- Art & Culture — Visitors will get to enjoy multiple galleries when they make their way to Art Museum of Greater Lafayette - there are paintings, wall decorations and vases of all shapes, colors and sizes to explore. Slayter Center of Performing Arts is an outdoor amphitheater offering lawn movies, musical events and dance performances all year round and Tippecanoe County Amphitheater is located within the Tippecanoe Park. Patrons will get to have their own private events or enjoy a local play. Other fun art attractions in West Lafayette includes the Elliott Hall of Museum located on the campus of Purdue University and Noel Sanctuary which is about an hour’s drive away from West Lafayette. It is a unique Victorian church with stained glass windows and beautiful paintings throughout its building and they often feature Amish culture, still life and animals.
- Restaurant & Shopping — Whether you are craving for the best Irish draft beer or trying to find your favorite burger food truck, they are all here in West Lafayette’s busy city center. There’s great drinks and LIVE music at O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Brothers, juicy burgers and traditional American cuisine to try at Triple XXX Restaurant, delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes to order from Blue Nile Restaurant, fresh seafood, sushi and authentic Japanese soup noodles at Maru Japanese Sushi Restaurant along N Chauncey Avenue, and a feisty Mexican fanfare offered by establishments like Fiesta Mexican Grill. For those who are looking for a place to relax and chill out with friends and fellow visitors, you can choose from the charming Open Door Brewery which is a friendly nano brewery, Wildcat Creek Winery which has 11 specialty wines, and I & I State Line Tavern which sometimes have LIVE entertainment to go with your favorite cocktail and beer.
- Golf Courses & Sports Venues — The Coyote Crossings Golf Course is a stunning course with a clubhouse and a practice area that you can book a tee time at or visitors can opt for the fitness center, basketball courts and interactive playground at McAllister Recreation Center instead. The Ross-Ade Stadium is a part of Purdue University and is home to Boilermakers Football team. The stadium can seat more than 57,000 fans at any of its games and is a fun place to catch local athletes in action.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — Needless to say, one of the most historic and recognizable landmarks in West Lafayette would have to be none other than...Purdue University. This educational organization was established in 1869, an initiative of a local business man. Today, Purdue is a brand name with its own Purdue Mall, Memorial Mall, stadium and many other amenities that the locals can use for recreational purposes. You should make time for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, Samara House, which was designed and constructed in 1954 and Fort Ouiatenon which is the historic site for a former French trading post. Today, there’s a recreational park that is used for events like Feast of the Hunter’s Moon every year. Imagination Station is a community science center but it has exhibits showcasing local natural history that we think children and adults alike will enjoy. Visitors will also get to learn about the battle of Tippecanoe at Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum which is housed in a 1852 gothic-revival style house, learn about American military heritage with houses and World War I M1917 tank housed at Ropkey Armor Museum, or learn about the unique jail construction and community center at Rotary Jail Museum and Tannenbaum Cultural Center. Many of the mentioned attractions has guided tours and are used for special events.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — Lilly Nature Center is a 195-acre park that is surrounded by beautiful and natural wetlands, woods and beautiful fields. There are Family Environmental Fun Packs’ educational resources and activities for families to enjoy as well as a scenic walking trail while Happy Hollow Park offers visitors trails, footpaths and a playground for young children. During winter, there’s a tube run so, be on the look-out for it. When you make your way to Tapawingo Park, there’s 20-acre worth of wide open space, Wabash Heritage Trail, Brown Street Overlook and a fun skating center for visitors of all ages or you can bring the charter bus to George E. Lommel Park for a picnic and softball, University Farms Park to play at its large grass field and jungle gym, and Clegg Botanical Gardens where there is a large variety of wildflowers and gorgeous oak trees lining up around the bridges and creeks.
- Zoos & Aquariums — The Columbian Park Zoo is friendly, charming and very community-orientated; on top of opening its doors to visitors and tourists all year round, it has children and youth summer programs which teaches them about the importance of preserving local wildlife and how to do our part to preserve their habitat.
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