Lafayette, Indiana, was established in 1853 and named after a French officer who aided George Washington's army during the Revolutionary War. This rich history imbues Lafayette at every turn, combining with the upbeat college town vibe in interesting and eclectic ways. Home of Purdue University, this city of 70,000 might be small, but there is something to do for everyone. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the nature trails at Clegg Botanical Gardens. Urban adventurers will head downtown, which is rich in Victorian architecture and interesting, unique shops to explore. As for parents of college-bound students, the campus at Purdue is beautiful and inviting during any stay.
Overall, Lafayette is one of Indiana's best kept secrets. Located only 63 miles from Indianapolis and 100 miles from Chicago, this charming Indiana town makes you feel right at home, even when you are just visiting for the weekend.
Downtown Lafayette is fun for business travelers and vacationers alike. Spanning across the Wabash river to include both Lafayette and West Lafayette, Downtown is full of one-of-a-kind shops, delicious food, and concert venues, to name just a few.
Pleasant 3 star hotels make it easy to find a comfortable stay while you tour the nearby Purdue campus or take in the downtown sights with rates from
Visitors with young children will enjoy the Imagination Station, where kids can have fun and learn science at the same time. Should your kids especially delight in fire trucks, the Historic Five Points Fire Museum will prove to be a big hit. Moreover, the Columbian Park Zoo lures with free admission, great playgrounds, and a petting zoo that young animal lovers will enjoy to the fullest.
There are no 4 or 5 star hotels in Lafayette, Indiana. However, visitors seeking a comfortable stay will find eight excellent 3 star hotels to choose from. Most are within easy access to Purdue University and the downtown area. You will find roomy and nicely appointed accommodations, and often, an excellent on-site restaurant, as well. Many have pools, fitness centers, room service, and more.
The closest airport to Lafayette is in Indianapolis. Located 63 miles from Lafayette and seven miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis, this modern airport is the largest in the state. Car rental is available for easy travel from the airport to Lafayette. For visitors passing through, there are over a dozen hotels near the Indianapolis International Airport to choose from. Whether you are exploring colleges for your student, or simply looking for a vacation filled with history and Americana, Lafayette is a great place to visit. Hoosier hospitality will win you over in no time at all.