Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo is home to over 190 animals representing 79 different species. The zoo offers a variety of education programs throughout the year, inspiring an appreciation for the world's wildlife. FEATURES

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Visitor Information:
Columbian Park Zoo is OPEN for the season.
  • April 24 - May 28 (Friday) 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • May 29 - Mid August 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mid August - Mid October: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Mid-October through Mid April 2011: Closed for Winter

Admission to Columbian Park Zoo is FREE!
Directions to the Zoo:
Directions to the EdZOOcation Room:
The EdZOOcation Room is located in the Animal House Building. The Animal House Building is located off of Wallace Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is across the street from Arni's and directly beside Loeb Stadium. From 1-65: Take exit 172 (Lafayette/Rossville) and head west on SR 26. The road will narrow and become South Street. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Parking is available along the street on Park Avenue, Wallace Avenue, or in the lot on Scott Street. The Zoo entrance is located in the middle of Columbian Park (no car access). From downtown Lafayette: Take South Street (SR 26) east, away from the river. Turn right onto Main Street. After passing Tropicanoe Cove Family Aquatic Center and Loeb Stadium on your left, turn left onto Wallace Avenue. Parking is available along the street on Park Avenue, Wallace Avenue, or in the lot on Scott Street. The Zoo entrance is located in the middle of Columbian Park (no car access). For an interactive google map, click here .

Columbian Park

Main Street just south of State Road 26 | Maps Over forty acres of fun await, complete with water thrills, exciting amusements, exotic animals and an action-packed playground. Or, for a slower pace, our picnic shelters and lazy river are just the ticket. Look no further, whatever you are looking's all right here at Columbian Park! The Columbian Trail weaves in and around Columbian Park. Walkers will be entertained by the beauty of the park, the attractions, and the many people. FEATURES
  • Tropicanoe Cove Tropicanoe Cove is the fun of a tropical vacation that's just a short trip from home. Join us to enjoy the many exciting features of Lafayette's premiere aquatic facility. What's bright yellow, totally wild and 299 feet on watery fun? The Banana Peel tube slide at Tropicanoe Cove! Grab a tube and climb the tower for the wildest ride in town. Tropicanoe Cove patrons must be at least 48" tall to ride the Banana Peel.
    The entire family will have fun splashing in the 168,000 gallons of crystal clear water of the Frog Pond. The zero depth entry makes this the friendliest pool at the site. Shaded by a giant umbrella, mom can relax in a beach chair while the toddler plays in shallow water. The more adventurous can splash in waist high water. Slap on the sunscreen, scoop up a tube, and spend the afternoon floatin' down Cattail Crik. Our 640-foot lazy river is the favorite activity of families visiting the Cove. Everyone can kick back, relax, and unwind as they float through the gentle currents.
  • Loeb Stadium
    1915 Scott St
    Lafayette IN 47904
    Phone: 765-807-1500
    Fax: 765-807-1513
    Map: Google | Yahoo! | MapQuest

    Loeb Stadium is located on the corner of Wallace Avenue and Main Street. Parking is available on the streets surrounding the ballpark or the parking lot on Scott Street. From I-65: Take Exit 172 (Lafayette/Rossville SR26). Head west on SR26 (South Street). Turn left on Park Avenue. Veer right onto Wallace Avenue. Loeb Stadium will be on your right. From Downtown Lafayette: Take South Street east (away from river). Turn right onto Main Street. Loeb Stadium will be up a few blocks on your left.

    Dedicated in 1940, Loeb Stadium has hosted numerous baseball games and other events over the years. Bert and June Loeb donated $ 50,000 to construct the 3,500 seat stadium in honor of Solomon Loeb.Originally called the Columbian Park Recreational Center, it was officially renamed as Loeb Stadium in 1971. Today Loeb Stadium serves as the home field for Lafayette Jefferson High School. It also hosts IHSAA tournaments, American Legion baseball and the Colt World Series. Rental Fees:

    • $200 without Lights
    • $300 with Lights
Columbian Park has entertained visitors with a variety of fun amusement rides. Today five exciting rides are available - three exclusively for smaller children. Featured among the attractions is the Columbian Park Train, providing families an enjoyable 10-minute journey around the park. Located in the center of Columbian Park, the amusement rides are operated from Memorial Day through Labor Day (hours will vary when school is in session). Rides are open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Family Night discounts are offered every Wednesday after 4:00 p.m. and rides remain open until 8:00 p.m. Group rates (minimum size of 10) are available with advance reservation. For more information please call (765) 807-1500. Admissions:
Ride Weekday Weekend
Train $1.25 $1.50
Helicopters $1.00 $1.25
Horse & Buggy $1.00 $1.25
Small Boats $1.00 $1.25
Water Wars $1.50 $1.75
Unlimited Ride Pass for Family Night is $3.00
Value Pack of tickets available daily - $7.50 worth of tickets for $7.00 Hours: Dates: May 23-25, 2009 Daily 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (12:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday) Dates: May 30-August 17, 2009 Daily 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Sunday 12:00-7:00 p.m.) Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Family Night night hours 4:00-8:00 p.m.)

Community Parks

Lafayette Parks and Recreation boasts six community parks. These parks are located throughout the city and offer a wide variety of activities for all citizens to enjoy.

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  • Armstrong Park Date of Record: January 2, 2008
    9th Street & Beck Lane Rededicated in Spring 2000, this beautifully landscaped park is named in honor of astronaut and Purdue alumnus, Neil Armstrong. Located on the south side of Lafayette, the 26-acre park has quickly become a favorite destination for residents and families. Fishing is permitted on site; all state regulations apply for fishers. Armstrong Trail is convenient to many neighborhoods. This quiet paved path winds around the pond and is a wonderful destination for anyone wanting to add relaxation to their day. Armstrong Park Features:
    • 2/3 mile paved trail
    • Multi-age playground
    • 5 lighted tennis courts
    • Lighted basketball courts
    • 3 baseball fields
    • Open green space
    • Public restroom
  • CAT Park and Soccer Fields CAT Park is the newest addition to the list of community parks. Caterpillar, Inc. and Lafayette Parks and Recreation teamed up to fill a void in the recreation needs of the city. Just south of the Caterpillar facility is approximately 32 acres of land that wastransformed into CAT Park and Soccer Fields. The park includes 8 soccer fields of varying sizes. In 2005, a restroom/concession building was added to the park along with additional parking and a second entrance/exit.
  • McCaw Park Named in recognition of a $ 75,000 donation from William and Michele McCaw, this popular, 26-acre park serves residents on the east side of the community. McCaw Park Features:
    • Tot and multi-age playground
    • 3 baseball fields
    • 2 small picnic shelters
    • Grills
    • Open green space
  • Munger Park Between Greenbush and Union Streets (entrances located east of Sagamore Pkwy) Dedicated in 1997, Munger Park is a 27-acre park located in the northeast portion of Lafayette. Land for the park was donated by Cinergy-PSI and development was made possible by a $ 100,000 contribution from Thomas and Alice Munger. The unique trail is surrounded by open space to toss a frisbee or relax in the sun after walking. The trail follows a course around the pond. Munger Park Features:
    • Pond
    • 1-mile paved trail
    • Multi-age playground
    • Grills
    • Public restrooms
    • 100-seat picnic shelter is available for rent
  • Murdock Park 18th & Ferry Streets Conveniently located in the middle of the city, Murdock Park occupies 39 acres of urban forest. The sled run is a favorite wintertime attraction in Lafayette entertaining kids and parents alike. A snow machine insures that the perfect amount of white powder is available when cold temperatures prevail. Murdock Trail travels up and down through the gently rolling hills. Murdock Park is one of Lafayette's few urban forest stands. Hikers will enjoy walking under the shade and have fun identifying the different trees. Murdock Park Features:
    • 0.9 mile interpretive trail
    • Sled run
    • Tot and multi-age playground
    • Disc golf course (Visit the Tippecanoe County Disc Golf website for a course map)
    • Softball field
    • Grills
    • Picnic area
    • Public restroom
    • 2 50-seat picnic shelters are available for rent
  • Shamrock Park Nestled along the banks of the mighty Wabash River, Shamrock Park is located in the southwest portion of town. This 11 acre park includes a small boat ramp that provides free access to the river. Fishing is permitted in the Wabash River; all state regulations apply for fishers. Shamrock Park is the home of Lafayette's first Dog Park!Check outthe Dog Park Association of Greater Lafayette to learn more about this exciting addition to Lafayette Parks and Recreation. Shamrock Park Features:
    • Tot and multi-age playgrounds
    • Outdoor roller-hockey rink
    • Basketball court
    • Horseshoes
    • Open green space
    • Grills
    • Picnic areas and shelters


McAllister Recreation Center has a little bit of everyday to fill your day with fun activities. Outside the center, there is a basketball court, kid's playground area, ball field, soccer field, picnic shelter, and plenty of open green space. Inside, you'll find weights and fitness equipment, gymnasium, rental rooms, game rooms and much more. Center Pass For just $5 per year, youths aged 16 or younger will receive a pass that allows you access to the game rooms and gymnasium. This pass is also required when registering for other programs at McAllister Center. Individuals ages 17 and older can utilize the gym and game rooms for the following fees:

  • Daily Pass - $2 per day
  • Monthly Pass - $30 per month

Game Rooms McAllister Recreation Center offers two different game rooms for our members to enjoy. Games such as air hockey, pool, ping pong, and foosball are available for use. We also have board games and books for our patrons to enjoy. Gymnasium The McAllister gymnasium is newly remodeled and ready for you and your friends to enjoy! Basketball and volleyball are just a few of the activities that take place in our gym. The gym is also available for private rentals , so call the McAllister Center staff for more information.

Red Crown Mini-Museum, Lafayette, IN

The Red Crown Mini-Museum is a 1930s-era Standard Oil filling station that was restored in 1991 and turned into a "walk-by" museum by local businessman Don Stein. It features a couple of restored antique cars in the auto bays, a 1931 ... more on

Feast of the Hunters' Moon, Lafayette, IN

The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid - 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana. Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more.

Date and Time: October 2 - 3, 2010, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

Location: The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is held on the grounds of Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park, a primitive country setting on South River Road, four miles southwest of West Lafayette Indiana. The grounds stretch across more than 30 acres along the banks of the Wabash River.

Handicapped Accessible: Authorized vehicles may use handicapped parking area located near the west entry gate. Handicapped accessible toilets are available. A handicapped accessible shuttle bus is available from the Purdue University parking lot. Please note that the terrain of the Feast grounds is uneven. Large print versions of the “schedule of events” are available.

Pets: Except for assistance animals, NO PETS are permitted on the festival grounds during open hours. Due to unavoidable circumstances, we are unable to provide a "Check-a-Pet" service at this year's Feast.

Parking: If you are coming from outside Lafayette, we recommend you use the free parking available at the Purdue University Lot L - M, north of Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Northwestern and Cherry Lane. You can follow the signs for the Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium.

Shuttle Buses run continuously from the Stadium to the Feast from 8 am to 6 pm (Saturday) / 5 pm (Sunday) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Directions: Fort Ouiatenon is located at 3129 S. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906. If you are coming from the:

  • North - Take I-65 to exit 178 and turn on the Indiana SR 43 south. At the intersection of Indiana SR 43 and Indiana SR 26, continue south on US 231 for approximately 1 mile. Turn right at the traffic signal on to South River Road. Proceed south for approximately 2 miles.

  • East - Take I-65 to exit 172 and turn on to Indiana SR 26 west. Take Indiana SR 26 through Lafayette and across the Wabash River to the intersection with Indiana SR43 and US231. Turn left on US 231 south. Continue south on US 231 for approximately 1 mile. Turn right at the traffic signal on to South River Road. Proceed south for approximately 2 miles.

  • South - Take US231 North across the Wabash River and turn left at the first traffic signal after crossing the river on to South River Road. Proceed south for approximately 2 miles.

  • West - Take Indiana SR 26 to the intersection with Indiana SR 43 and US 231. Turn right on US 231 south. Continue south on US 231 for approximately 1 mile. Turn right at the traffic signal on to South River Road. Proceed south for approximately 2 miles.

Information on area accommodations and other general information can be obtained by calling the Lafayette - West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-888-841-3244 or visiting their website at .






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