Nestled on the Wabash River, Lafayette is a storied Indiana city with rich Civil War history, contemporary malls, state parks and outdoor activities. Along with a thriving agrotourism industry, Lafayette treats you to a unique antique trail, numerous art galleries, wildlife experiences and engaging performing arts venues.
Things to do in Lafayette
Are you visiting Lafayette with your family? Take the kids to see almost 200 animals at the Columbian Park Zoo. Along with wallabies and emus, you can get up close to a Galapagos tortoise, bald eagle and North American porcupine. There’s even a Family Farm where kids can play with goats, pigs, rabbits and miniature horses.
Discover the city’s famed Civil War history at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe. You can learn all about the fighting and the prominent Civil War figures involved at the on-site history centre. There’s also a towering monument and a museum housing relics from the Civil War.
If you’re interested in the local artwork, head to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, which showcases contemporary art from locals and hosts art classes. Afterwards, stroll along Main Street to browse a range of antique stores selling vintage clothing, old-world decor and hidden treasures.
Time your visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market, held every Saturday between May and October, to purchase local produce, artisan goods and handicrafts. If you’re keen for a tipple, visit Lafayette Brewing Co., the biggest local beer brewer, where you can try award-winning ales freshly poured from serving tanks. After a drink, catch a memorable performance at the historic Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, which puts on comedies, musicals and dramas.
Getting around Lafayette
Lafayette is about 100 kilometres from Indianapolis International Airport and is connected via easy-to-drive interstates and state roads. You can use local buses and taxis to get around Lafayette, but a private car is best for exploring the surrounding region.