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Do you still think of West Lafayette as a boring city? Why don’t you See, Feel, and Enjoy the Life inside & outside of “exciting” Purdue?

 

A. Sightseeing

1. Within Purdue Campus and Greater Lafayette

* Tip 1. Tourism information on the Greater Lafayette

* Tip 2. You can get real-time information for upcoming events by following “Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette” on facebook


a) Tours

(1) Daily Visit Tour: Registration for 2.5 hours’ program on campus

(2) Themed Tour: On-street Arboretum on Campus

(3) Accommodations (for your visitors)

- Purdue Village Community Center (limited to Purdue villagers)

- Union Club Hotel: daily cost from $105 to $350


b) Parks

(1) State Park: Prophetstown State Park

- Amenities: Aquatic Center (hours: 11am-7pm / $3 per person / opened summer of 2013), Shelters, Hiking Trails, Bicycle Trail, Camping

- Program: Interpretive Naturalist Services

(2) Local Parks

- Wolf Park: open May to November, day camp & overnight camp are being operated

- Happy Hollow Park: 5 Picnic shelters, 2 Playgrounds, 1 Mile of Paved Trolley Line etc

- Horticulture Park : Located west side of the campus, be able to enjoy yew tunnels, evergreen collections etc

 

2. Outer Greater Lafayette

a) Travel services

(1) Car renter :Avis (budget)

(2) Expedia : to compare the price including flights, hotels, car rentals, etc.

(3) Priceline : to compare the price including flights, hotels, car rentals, etc.

(4) Orbitz : to compare the price including flights, hotels, car rentals, etc.

(5) AirBnB : reasonably priced to find accommodation

(6) Amtrack : specialized information on train travel

(7) Imperial Travel : Travel Agency


b) Where to go? (Destinations)

(1) Brief map for main destinations around the USA


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c) Prerequisites (What to prepare?)

(1) Prerequisites for travel (including passport, I-20? etc)

(2) Decide the way to pay (cash, traveler’s check, etc)

(3) Reporting process to ISS (in case of traveling abroad)

(4) The way for getting visa (if necessary)

 

B. Libraries & Museums (inside Greater Lafayette)

1. Libraries

a) West Lafayette Public Library

(1) Address : 208 W Columbia St, West Lafayette


(2) Tel : 765-743-2261


(3) Hours

- Monday through Thursday*: 10 am to 8 pm

* 4th Thursday of each month: Noon to 8 pm

- Friday: 10 am to 6 pm

- Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

- Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm


(4) Programs & Amenities

- Teen Summer Reading Program, Dancing at the library, etc.


b) Tippecanoe Country Public Library

(1) Address : 627 South Street, Lafayette, IN


(2) Tel : 765-429-0100


(3) Hours

- Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

- Friday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

- Sunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


(4) Programs & Amenities

- Summer Reading Clubs, Tech Classes, etc.

 

c) Purdue libraries

(1) Address : Libraties Administration 504 West State Street


(2) Hours

 

2. Museum (marked * are located in Indianapolis, ** are in Chicago)

a) Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

(1) Location: 102 S. 10th St. Lafayette, IN 47901

(2) Hours: Open daily 11 am to 4 pm (Closed Holidays)

(3) Programs & Activities: : Children classes, Painting for adults, Pottrery, etc.


b) Imagination Station

(1) Location : 600 North 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

(2) Hours

- Tuesdays: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

- Fridays: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

- Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

(3) Programs & Amenities : Hands on Trucks (Aug 23)


c) Five Points Fire Station Museum

(1) Location : 1511 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

(2) Hours : Call for hours (765-429-1046)


d) Tippecanoe Arts Federation

(1) Locations : 638 North Street, Lafayette

(2) Programs & Amenities : After School Art Program, Exhibitions, etc.


e) Indianapolis Museum of Art

(1) Location : 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208


(2) Hours

- Tuesday 11 am-5 pm

- Wednesday 11 am-5 pm

- Thursday 11 am-9 pm

- Friday 11 am-5 pm

- Saturday 11 am-5 pm

- Sunday noon-5 pm


f) Children’s Museum

 

(1) Location : 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis


(2) Hours : Monday–Sunday 10am – 5pm


g) The Field Museum

 

(1) Location : 1400 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605


(2) Hours : Open every day, except Christas. 9am-5pm


h) Shedd Aquarium

 

(1) Location : 1200 S Lake Shore D, Chicago, IL 60605


(2) Hours

- Weekdays: 9 am to 6 pm(inter : ~ 5 pm)

- Weekends: 9 am to 6 pm


i) Art Institute of Cicago


(1) Location : 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago


(2) Hours

- Open daily 10:30–5:00 pm

- Thursday until 8:00 pm

 


 

A. Clubs & Bars


Tips

1. you have to be early to find seats.

2. if  you go to a bar in the evening or at night, you need “Photo IDs”: Passport(have to) + Purdue ID



1. Harry’s Chocolate Shop

a) Comment

(1) Open 1919! The oldest bar around Purdue.

(2) The first gate to enter THE WORLD OF BOILERMAKERS.


b) Hours: -  to 3 am


c) Address: 329 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906


d) Phone: 765-743-1467


2. Neon Cactus

* Tips

1. You can wear casual clothes

2. Buy a $2.75 cup, beer will be cheap, and keep your cup to use in next time



a) Comment: with its huge drinks, dance floor, and piano bar, the “Cactus” is the number one spot to be on Thursday nights. Located near  Wabash Landing Apartments


b) Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturd, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m


c) Dress Code

(1) No sleeveless shirts (This applies to men only.)

(2) No baggy clothing/No extra long shirts

(3) No bandanas/No skull caps

(4) All baseball caps & bills have to be worn forward or backwards

(5) All hoodies must remain down while inside club


e) Address: 360 Brown Street, West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906


f) Phone: 765-743-6081 (i.c. booking parties : 765-743-6505)

 

3. Buffalo Wild Wings


a) Comment: Perfect place to watch sports, and eat chicken wings topped with various sauces.


b) Address: 360 Brown Street, West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906 (next to the Cactus)


c) Phone: 765-743-1188

 

4. Chumley’s


a) Discount : Offers special events or discount from Monday to Sunday and in different seasons, check for special discounts on their web page


b) Reservation Time : Before 7 pm


c) Address : 122N Third Street, Lafayette


d) Phone : 765-420-9372

 

5. The Pint

a) Comment: Good place for local beers with settle downed environment


b) Hours

(1) Monday to Friday: 3 pm to 12 am

(2) Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm to 12 am


c) Address:  111 S River Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47906


d) Phone : 765-464-6917

 

6. Other Entertainment Venues


a) Egyptian Hookah Bar and Café

(1) Comment: Full of Egyptian stuffs


(2) Hours

- Sunday to Thursday: 11 am to 2 am

- Friday to Saturday: 11 am to 4 am


(3) Address : 6265 Carrollton Ave,Indianapolis, IN 46220


(4) Phone : 317-255-4400

 

b) Jake’s


(1) Address : 135 S. Chauncey Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906


(2) Phone : 765-743-5253

 

B. Parties (Fraternities)

1. Purdue’s Official Fraternity site

a) You can find all kinds of fraternities, specific date for events, list of recent events

b) you can refer to others’ assessments on the fraternity activities on Web :

 

C. Sports

1. Just Enjoy Watching? - Seeing a sports game

* On-line Reservation

a) On campus


(1) Fall Sports

● Men's and women's cross-country

● Field hockey

● Football

● Men's and women's soccer teams

● Women's volleyball


(2) Winter Sports

● Men's and women's basketball teams

● Men's and women's ice hockey

● Men's and women's swimming and diving

● Men's and women's indoor track and field

● Wrestling


(3) Spring Sports

● Baseball and softball

● Men's and women's golf

● Men's and women's tennis

● Men's and women's outdoor track and field

* Tips : The University bookstore on campus usually held discount events based on Purdue team’s good performance


(4) Boilermakers Homecoming (1st Football game, Aug)


b) Off Campus

(1) National Famous Sports Events

- NCAA March Madness (Basketball)

- Football bowls (Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Peach Bowl, etc.)


(2) To watch the Professional Sports games

- site for ticket reservation

http://www.stubhub.com/

http://www.ticketcenter.com/


(3) Sports teams in Indianapolis

- Basketball : Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever (Women)

- Baseball : Indianapolis Indians (Belong to the Minor League)

- Football : Colts

- Soccer : Indy Eleven

- Ice Hockey : Indiana Ice


(4) Sports teams in Chicago

- Basketball: Chicago Bulls

- Baseball : Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whitesocks

 

2. Are you an active Player? - Playing sports games on campus

b) Purdue Recreational Facilities

(1) Co-Rec : one of the newest facilities offering nice amenities for sporting. It is recommendable enough for students, and families as well. This building is equipped with huge pools, 7 basketball courts, 16 Racketball Courts, Several Multi-use Courts, Climbing wall, Fitness Center, etc

 

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(2) T-Rec : If you like to play soccer, this would be the best place for you. It’s an indoor soccer court where you can have fun playing with your friends.


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(3) Intramural Sports : This program provides the opportunity for structured individual, dual, and/or team leagues, tournaments, and events in more than 40 sport offerings


(4) Playing Golf : If you like playing golf, you can enjoy golfing on campus at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. You can make online reservation and can get student discounts there. Also, there are many golf courses near from campus. Information for those golf complexes are below.

 

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Golf Courses

Address

Ackerman Hills

1300 Cherry Ln, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Battle Ground Golf Club

5505 Pretty Prairie Rd, Battle Ground, IN 47920

Kampen Course

1300 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Coyote Crossing Golf Course

Coyote Crossing Golf Course, 5801 Augusta Ln, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Edwood Glen Country Club

1601 E 650 N, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Harrison Hills Golf Club

413 E New St, Attica, IN 47918

The Ravines Golf Course

8525 Division Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47906

West Lafayette Golf and Country club

3224 Us Highway 52 W, West Lafayette, IN 47906

 

(5) Tennis’s court


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- Schwartz Tennis Center

 

D. Camping & Fishing


1. Nearby Camping Areas

a) Campground : There are a lot of campgrounds in Lafayette/West Lafayette area.  Some of them are listed below:

 

BIG FISH N' CAMPGROUND

5831 S. 900 E., Lafayette, IN 47905

765-296-2346

KEN-DO LAKE & CAMPGROUND

9230 Heaton Road, Clarks Hill, Indiana 47930

765-523-2744

LAFAYETTE AOK CAMPGROUND

225 E. 300 S., Lafayette, IN 47906

765-474-5030

PROPHETSTOWN STATE PARK

5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906

765-567-4919

ROSS CAMP

9225 W. 75 S., West Lafayette, IN 47906

765-463-2306

WOLFE'S LEISURE TIME CAMPGROUND

7414 Old State Road 25 N., Americus, IN 47905

765-589-8089

 

b) Camp goods

(1) Purchase


Dick’s

2415 Sagamore Parkway South Lafayette,IN 47905

765-449-0914

Gander Mountain

100 South Creasy Ln, Ste 1600

Lafayette,IN 47905

765-237-3089

Cabela

7700 Cabela Drive

Hammond, IN 46324-2946

219-845-9040

Rei Castleton

8490 Castleton Corner Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46250

317-585-1938

 

2. Fishing & Canoeing Areas

Lafayette/West Lafayette area has not only the Wabash River running through it, but also small lakes that offer visitors a chance to enjoy the art of fishing.


1) Note that fishing license is required (Children are exempted).  You can purchase fishing license online.  For more information, see the websites below:

http://takemefishing.org/state/in/in-fishing-license-and-regulations/


2) Although finding good spots by yourself is a part of fishing, some of them are listed below just for your reference.

 

Big Fish ’n Campground

5831 S. 900 E., Lafayette, IN 47905

765-296-2346

Private pay fishing lake stocked every week during season, no license required, tackle and bait store.

Davis Ferry Park

3900 N. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN 47904

Wabash River access, fishing bridge spanning the river, boat launch.

Fairfield Lakes

CR 200 S. & 750 E., Lafayette, IN 47905

4 stocked lakes with bass, crappie, catfish and rainbow trout.

Kendo Lake

9230 Heaton Road, Clarks Hill, Indiana 47930

765-523-2744

Private pay fishing lake, stocked every week during season, no license required, tackle and bait store on-site.

Prophetstown State Park

5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906

765-567-5919

Fishing lake, restrooms, park entrance fees apply.

Wildcat Park

201 Eisenhower Road, Lafayette, IN 47905

Wildcat Creek access, handicap accessible fishing pier, restrooms, canoes access only.

 

3) To find more, you can refer these websites:

http://www.hookandbullet.com/cn/fishing-tippecanoe-in/

http://www.scout.me/fishing-spots--near--west-lafayette-in

 


 

A. Social Activities

1. On Campus

a) Clubs

(1) Athletic and Recreation

(2) Automotive / Flight

(3) Broadcasting / Radio

(4) Club Sports

(5) Colleage / School and Department

(6) Committee / Sub- Group

(7) Community Service


b) Programs

(1) Enjoy your excecise at CO-REC

(2) Let’s study English at ISS


c) Students employment


2. Off Campus

a) Social Activities Searching Web

b) Tippecanoe County Historical Association

c) YMCA

d) YWCA

 

B. Movies & Concerts

1. Enjoing movies around the Campus (within the Greater Lafayette)

a) Movie Theathers


name

category

business hours

adress

transportation

Phone

Wabash Landing 9

Movies

Around 11am ~ 9pm

300 E state St, West Lafayette

By walk, It takes 10 min from Rawls Hall

765-449-7469

Lafayette 7

Movies

Around 11am ~ 9pm

3525 McCarty Ln, Lafayette

4B bus in front of Rawls Hall,

It takes 33min

765-449-7469

Eastside 9

Movies

Around 11am ~ 9pm

300 Farabee Dr, Lafayette

1B Bus in front of Dauch Alumni Center, It takes 47 min

765-449-7469

 

b) Reservations : Tickets are available online. Except for blockbuster movies on the weekend, it is easier to reserve seats in advance


c) Ticket Price

- Adult: $7.25, Child: $6.25

- Purdue Discount : $6.25 (Purdue student ID card is needed)


3. Musical performances on Campus

 

a) Purdue University has well-equipped theaters on campus providing various kinds of performances, from musicals & classical music to  rock music concerts. If you want to watch them, you need to keep an eye on the web site or facebook.


b) You can buy the ticket for a concert, however, if you want to save your money, it wil be much cheaper to buy a season ticket.


c) How to contact?

(1) Theaters: Elliott Hall of Music, Loeb Playhouse, Eliza Fowler Hall

(2) Website: http://www.housing.purdue.edu/HTML/HallOfMusic/default.htm

(3) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hall-of-Music-Productions/319971095185

 

4. Musical performances off Campus (within Indianapolis & Chicago)

a) Musical performances in Indianapolis

b) Musical Performances in Chicago


5. Events

a) On Campus

(1) Purdue events calendar


b) Off Campus

(1) Events on Greater Lafayette

(2) Indiana State Fair

● Period : Aug. 1~17 (in this year)

● Location : 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis

● Description : It’s held every year and is the only public fair that Indiana government supplies beer. Competition on Home & Family arts, and agriculture, various musical concerts, etc. are held in this period


(3) DIY workshops (toy making)

● Loew’s: Every 2 weeks on Saturday morning

● Home Depot: The 1st Saturday morning per month

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