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Best of Lafayette Guide

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Lafayette is part college town, part natural landscape and part lively urban center. Across the Wabash River in West Lafayette, Purdue University draws a diverse young student population to the city. A walking tour of downtown Lafayette reveals a historic core of Victorian architecture, unique shops and public art. Nature abounds in the city and area parks, including Columbian Park, the Celery Bog wetlands, the Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden along Wildcat Creek and Wolf Park in Battle Ground.

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Columbian Park Zoo
Columbian Park Zoo
Attraction type: Zoos
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Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Gardens
Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Gardens
Attraction type: Gardens
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Wea Creek Orchard
Wea Creek Orchard
Attraction type: Farms
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The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art
Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. Advance tickets $10. See website for tour schedule. New nature trail winds through native Indiana trees, which are marked with informational signs. 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. The nature trail is open dawn to dusk daily, no charge. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Art Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Mountain Jack's
Mountain Jack's
Ranked #1 of 214 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Mary Lou Donuts
Mary Lou Donuts
Ranked #2 of 214 Restaurants in Lafayette
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
South Street Smoke House
South Street Smoke House
Ranked #3 of 214 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: Barbecue, American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout
La Scala
La Scala
Ranked #4 of 214 Restaurants in Lafayette
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers
O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers
Ranked #5 of 214 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: Pub, Irish
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Red Roof Inn Lafayette
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn Lafayette
$56 - $97
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn Lafayette
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Lafayette
$113 - $201
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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Baymont Inn and Suites Lafayette
2.5 of 5
Baymont Inn and Suites Lafayette
$86 - $110
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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Comfort Inn Lafayette
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn Lafayette
$94 - $132
Ranked #8 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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