Labor Day equals fun, relaxation, and a salute to a nice summer! Send off summer by embracing this weekend embarking on outdoor activities around Lafayette-West Lafayette. Here is a list of fun ideas to say, "Goodbye summer, it has been fabulous!"
Prophetstown State Park & The Farm: Camp, hike, bike, fish, and explore this Indiana state park, full of wildflower prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and the mighty Wabash River. Head to The Farm as well to meet and feed the animals, collect eggs, and work in the gardens. On Saturday, September 5, the Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band will be playing at The Farm. This old-time string band will get you moving your feet and grabbing your partner and kids to dance a fun jig!
Wildcat Creek Park: Picnic, go tubing, and canoe at this 53-acre park. Don't forget your fishing pools as Wildcat Creek is a great place to throw your line!
Wabash Heritage Trail: This is a great experience if you are a bird watcher, outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or enjoy wildlife or just taking a walk. It starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and follows the Wabash River for 18 miles to Fort Ouiatenon. A brochure is available listing parking areas, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and specific places of interest. Parts of the trail around Riehle Plaza and on the West Lafayette side are paved, and therefore easily accessible for all.
Clegg Memorial Gardens: On the banks of the Wildcat Creek, in Lafayette, you will find Clegg Memorial Gardens. Wildflowers, ravines, and natural surroundings make this a wonderful place to enjoy nature and take a breather from hectic schedules. Thirteen acres of bluebells, shooting stars, daffodils, redbud and dogwood trees greet the visitor. Summertime makes the shade a welcome relief as you travel the trails and, of course, nothing can rival the beauty of the fall colors.
Michaud-Sinninger Woods at Cumberland Park: What do you find within these woods? A fun walking trail surrounding a buttonbush swamp. Take a hike and try to find the stick fort in the woods. Your kids will love it!
Golf: Golf opportunities offer eight courses and eight different experiences. Challenge yourself to not one, but two, Pete Dye designed courses located right on Purdue University’s campus at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. These championship caliber courses have been home to many collegiate level tournaments including the Big 10 and the NCAA. Coyote Crossing Golf Course boasts a 4.5 star rating by Golf Digest. A more traditional course can be played at the Battle Ground Country Club; this course is open to the public and is truly one of Indiana’s best golf values. A quick and easy drive out of town will land you at the remarkable Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club. The rolling hills and mature trees will make you forget you are playing in the middle of corn fields in Indiana. Three other unique courses open to the public include Edwood Glen Country Club, Ravines Golf Course, and the West Lafayette Golf and Country Club. Stay and play packages are available.
Celery Bog Nature Area: The Celery Bog Nature Area is a tranquil spot for wildlife and people alike. You'll find some unusual plants and the opportunity to view nearly 120 different species of birds. Rabbits, coyotes, opossums and other small mammals also dwell there, as well as many amphibious creatures-all attracted to its rich and unique wetland habitat.
Columbian Park: Over forty acres of fun await! Columbian Park Zoo, age-relevant, handicap accessible playgrounds, Memorial Island, a ride-on train, a Wild Tykes Play Zone, lagoon and the Columbian Trail. The trail weaves in and around Columbian Park. Walkers will be entertained by the beauty of the park, the attractions, and the many people.
Enjoy these safe, outdoor activities this Labor Day! For a full list of area attractions, events, and more, visit HomeofPurdue.com.