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Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, www.westlafayette.in.gov/parks
Listed as one of the state's significant ecological sites, this park offers hiking trails, bird watching and wildlife observation. The Lilly Nature Center adds opportunities for exhibits and educational activities. Programs offered throughout the year.
1782 N. 400 E., Lafayette, (765) 423-1325
Overlooks and runs alongside the Wildcat Creek, offering a naturalistic setting including prairie and oak savanna restorations, with extensive beds of wildflowers, labelled trees, bridges and nature trails. Open year round, dawn till dusk, offering a different experience each season.
Main and Scott streets, Lafayette, (765) 807-1500, www.lafayetteparks.org
Named in honor of the 400th celebration of Columbus' discovery of America, this park has brought entertainment and pleasure to the citizens of the area for well over 100 years. Facilities include a zoo, age-relevant playgrounds, Tropicanoe Cove Aquatic Center, Veterans Memorial, Senior Center and Loeb Stadium, home to the Colt World Series.
Main and Scott streets, Lafayette, (765) 807-1500, www.columbianparkzoo.org
Home to over 190 animals, representing 80 different species. Offers a variety of education programs throughout the year that inspire an appreciation for the world's wildlife. Admission is free. Open April through October.
6042 Newcastle Road, Lafayette, (765) 296-2863, www.explorationacres.com
Largest corn maze in North-Central Indiana with over 18 acres of mazes and over 8 miles of trails. You will also find a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pedal cars and much more. (seasonal)
Park includes a playground, interpretive urban forest trail with over 30 markers, Frisbee golf course, shelters and a great hill for sledding (snow is made weather permitting).
Established in 2004, this is Indiana's newest state park. Enjoy camping, hiking, biking, birding and wildlife observation. The park is unique because of the areas of prairie, and its wildflowers and the seeps and fends of the wetlands. Several picnic areas can be found each with its own handicap-accessible playground. Four shelter houses and campground with 110 modern campsites are available. Future plans include a nature center, additional trails, cabins, fishing lake, swimming pool, youth campground and campstore. park is home to Historic Prophetstown.
Located along the Wabash River, this park offers hiking trails, a 100-person picnic shelter, volleyball courts, 19-hole Frisbee golf course and a softball backstop. Ross Camp is located adjacent to Ross Hills Park. It offers a campground, dining hall, chapel and A-frame available for rental.
Scenic views and easy access to the Wabash River make this the perfect location for festivals throughout the year. This heavily shaded park offers a tot playground, bandshell, access to the Wabash Heritage Trail, picnic facilities and is home to Riverside Skating Center.
Unique wildlife observation and unparalleled views of the Wabash River can be found along this 13+ mile trail. Starting at the Tippecanoe Battlefield, it follows the river into Lafayette and crosses over into West Lafayette. Parts of the trail are paved and handicap accessible.
Provides easy access for canoeists, tubers and fishermen to Wildcat Creek. Beautiful scenery and wildlife make this a wonderful place for picnics. Handicap accessible.
Dedicated to the conservation of gray wolves, Wolf Park is a non-profit organization that offers a unique opportunity to experience wolves up close. Since 1972, Wolf Park's staff has studied wolf behavior and educated the public, school groups of all ages and many dog enthusiasts about wolf conservation and behavior. The park offers general programming, often including a guided tour to learn about this endangered and misunderstood species. Visitors can see wolves, coyotes, foxes and a small herd of American bison. Howl Nights offer visitors a chance to howl, and to hear the lovely tones of the wolves in reply. Primary open season runs May 1 to November 30. How Nights are offered on Saturdays at 7:30pm year round, and also on Friday evenings from May-November. The wolf and bison demonstration, where wolves and bison meet and interact (offered Sundays, May to November), provides a one-of-a-kind experience. (No harm comes to either species). Visit website for additional information.
(765) 807-1500, www.lafayetteparks.org
(765) 775-5110, www.westlafayette.in.gov/parks
(765) 463-2306, www.tippecanoe.in.gov/parks