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Lafayette
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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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: Art Museums
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Wea Creek Orchard
Wea Creek Orchard
Attraction type: Farms
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Clegg Memorial Gardens
Clegg Memorial Gardens
Owner description: Clegg Garden resides on the hillside overlooking state scenic waterway Wildcat Creek. The slopes feature a rare gravel hill prairie ecosystem. From creek side to hilltop elevation... more Owner description: Clegg Garden resides on the hillside overlooking state scenic waterway Wildcat Creek. The slopes feature a rare gravel hill prairie ecosystem. From creek side to hilltop elevation changes 100 feet, making for excellent hiking opportunity along the mile of trail. The looping trail meanders through oak woodland, gravel hill prairie, riparian corridor and savanna. Different seasons afford varying highlights. Spring woodland blooms dapple the understory, summer prairie and savanna wildflowers show off vibrant colors, fall leaf change presents a panoply of color in the forest canopy. Year round visitors see the striking landscape views from the many overlooks. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Mountain Jack's
Mountain Jack's
Ranked #1 of 228 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mary Lou Donuts
Mary Lou Donuts
Ranked #2 of 228 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout
Nine Irish Brothers
Nine Irish Brothers
Ranked #3 of 228 Restaurants in Lafayette
Price: $5 - $19
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, Pub
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
South Street Smoke House
South Street Smoke House
Ranked #4 of 228 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Arni's
Arni's
Ranked #5 of 228 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: Italian, American, Pizza
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Red Roof Inn Lafayette
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn Lafayette
$61 - $106
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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Baymont Inn & Suites Lafayette
2.5 of 5
Baymont Inn & Suites Lafayette
$86 - $132
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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Comfort Inn Lafayette
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn Lafayette
$96 - $128
Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels in Lafayette
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