Fathers and Sons, Mothers and Daughters escape the world of deadlines, corporate concrete, book reports and video games and get connected.

Start by connecting with one another over a leisurely breakfast at Triple XXX, Indiana’s first drive-in restaurant. Triple XXX is known for biscuits and gravy, a famous “Dwayne Purvis” hamburger with peanut butter, and root beer. You’ll want to grab a six-pack of root beer for the road. 

After breakfast, reconnect with nature in a canoe! Head to Hodges Canoe Trips for a peaceful, not over crowded, trip down the beautiful Tippecanoe River. See deer, birds and other wildlife, just like the Native Americans did 200 years ago. 

Canoeing

Rowing works up an appetite. You deserve the tranquility of dinner, overlooking the river you just navigated, at McGraw’s Steak Chop & Fish. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic steak or a mouthwatering piece of fish, Todd and his staff serve up and make you feel at home. 

The next day it’s rise and shine and head downtown for breakfast at the Sunrise Diner to connect with omelets as big as your plate... or maybe just a short stack. After tanking up, head over to Riehle Plaza on the Wabash River for a hike on the 17 mile Wabash Heritage Trail. Enjoy this beautiful walk shaded by cottonwoods, sycamores, maples, and oaks. Lunch might find you reconnecting with the past at Dog -n- Suds drive-in for a foot long coney dog and Dog -n- Suds “World’s Creamiest Root Beer” served in frosted glass mugs just like they used to. 

birdwatching

Become explorers at the Celery Bog and Lilly Nature Center. With 185 acres of wetlands listed as a “significant ecological site” by the Indiana Natural Heritage Program; adjacent to woods and fields you are limited by only your imagination. While you’re in West Lafayette you won’t want to miss out on Bruno’s Famous Pizza! This local institution is an eclectic blend of old-world Switzerland and a Purdue Boilermaker fan club. A visit to Bruno’s wouldn’t be complete without starting your meal with some Bruno Dough. 

For the ultimate connection, why not take some time to join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat? Howl right along with them at one of Wolf Park’s Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison. 

The great outdoors is just a short trip away. Make the connection!