As the home to the prestigious Purdue University, the city of West Lafayette and its surrounding area (including the city of Lafayette), is an ideal place to spend a vacation. With numerous attractions of every kind, every member of your family is sure to find something in this cozy Indiana city that will no doubt make for a pleasurable and enjoyable vacation.
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
If someone in your family is an art lover, then they’re sure to appreciate the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, which features an impressive permanent collection as well as a number of temporary exhibits. The museum’s collection includes works by a number of Indiana artists (many of whom were members of the Richmond Group,) special collections of Rockwood Pottery, and a number of prints from various Latin-American artists. Current exhibits include a devotion to the Saturday Evening Post. If you’re looking for a family attraction that is also educational, then the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. They are open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am. to 4 p.m. Their contact information is below:
102 South Tenth Street
Lafayette, IN 47905
Columbian Park Zoo
The Columbian Park Zoo is also an ideal family vacation idea, as it offers both children and adults an opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural world of animals. The zoo currently houses almost 200 animals from almost 80 different species, including llamas, various species of monkeys, a number of reptiles, and many more. Although they don’t have quite as many animals as some of the larger zoos, they are nevertheless very kid-friendly, and they offer a number of educational programs that make it an excellent choice for parents who want a safe and also enriching experience for their children. The hours vary by season, so it is best to contact them prior to scheduling a visit. Admission is free, making them a perfect family attraction for those on a budget. Their contact information is below:
1915 Scott Street
Lafayette, IN 47904
Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
If someone in the family is a history buff, then the Lafayette area has you covered there as well, since the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum nearby. Built to educate people about the momentous battle that took place here (which effectively pushed Native Americans out of the Midwest,) the museum contains numerous display and collections, including an historic firearms display. Picnic grounds and walking trails are also available, making this an all-around good choice for family vacationers. They are typically open every day but Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4, with decreasing rates for children, making them quite reasonably priced. Their contact information is below:
Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
So, if you happen to be traveling to the Lafayette area with your family, you’re sure to find something in this delightful area to meet the needs of every member of your family. Whether you’re planning on a weekend vacation or something more extended, there are plenty of activities to keep even the most active family engaged.