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History & Background

West Lafayette is a thriving college town situated across the Wabash River from its larger sister city of Lafayette. Home to the prestigious Purdue University, West Lafayette has a lively, youthful atmosphere with ample dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions catering to students and residents alike. Despite its relatively small population of around 45,000, the city boasts an impressive array of museums, performing arts venues, parks, and recreational facilities associated with the university.

One of the most desirable aspects of living in West Lafayette is the chance to take advantage of everything a major research university has to offer right in your backyard. Purdue’s campus blends seamlessly into the fabric of the city, with academic buildings, sports facilities like Ross-Ade Stadium, and abundant green spaces integrated throughout West Lafayette’s neighborhoods. Residents have access to Division I athletic events, art galleries, libraries, seminars, and more.

Beyond the university, West Lafayette charms with its historic districts full of turn-of-the-century homes, lush parks along the river, kid-friendly attractions like the Lilly Nature Center, and a walkable downtown area packed with locally-owned shops, cafes, and restaurants. With relatively low crime rates and affordable housing, it’s no wonder West Lafayette appears on many “Best College Town” lists year after year.

Discover Local Attractions

Home to a variety of unique activities and destinations.

Columbian Park Zoo
Experience the diverse array of animal life at the Columbian Park Zoo, a popular attraction in Lafayette, Indiana that offers educational programs and hands-on encounters for visitors of all ages.
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Malibu Jacks
Experience an unforgettable day of fun and adventure at Malibu Jack's Indoor Theme Park in Lafayette, offering an endless array of attractions, from go-karts and bowling to laser tag and mini-golf, perfect for all ages and occasions.
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Exploration Acres
Explore the largest corn maze in Northwest Indiana, enjoy a variety of family-friendly fall activities, and discover the charming barn venue available for weddings and events at Exploration Acres.
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The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Discover the rich artistic heritage of Lafayette at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, a vibrant cultural institution dedicated to fostering appreciation for the visual arts through diverse exhibitions, educational programs, and a growing permanent collection.
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