Lafayette is the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Central Indiana. It is located 2 hours southeast of Chicago and 1 hour northwest of Indianapolis. The Greater Lafayette metropolitan area consists of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. The combined population is 97,000. Neighboring West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, a large, prestigious public university.
- See also: Rail travel in the United States
- 1 Lafayette station, 200 North Second Street.
- Amtrak, ☏ , toll-free: . Operates trains throughout the United States of America. Route stopping in Lafayette:
- Cardinal operating three trips weekly between Chicago and New York City with stops in Dyer, Rensselaer, Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Connersville, Cincinnati, Ashland, Huntington, Charleston, Hinton, White Sulphur Springs, Staunton, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Alexandria, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Trenton, and Newark.
- Amtrak, ☏ , toll-free: . Operates trains throughout the United States of America. Route stopping in Lafayette:
- Greyhound. From Chicago, 3.5 hours.
- ExpressAirCoach[dead link] shuttle bus from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, 3 hours, $50.
- Lafayette Limo shuttle from Lafayette to the Indianapolis Airport, $27 one way, $50 round trip, around 1.5 hours.
- Reindeer Shuttle shuttle from Lafayette to the Indianapolis and Chicago Airports, Indianapolis: $27 one way, $50 round trip, around 1.5 hours, free wi-fi on shuttle.
- Suburban Express bus service between Purdue and the Chicago suburbs. Goes Purdue->Chicago on Friday, Chicago->Purdue on Sunday. $25 each way.
- 2 Purdue University Airport (LAF IATA). does not carry commercial flights, but does allow private landings.
The area is divided by the Wabash River. To the east of the river is Lafayette and to the west is West Lafayette. Lafayette is broken down into several neighborhoods. Starting at the river and heading east is downtown. Here you will find numerous shops and restaurants as well as most of the museums and theaters. North of downtown is the Historical Centennial Neighborhood. South of downtown is the Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood. Most of the shopping and hotels are either downtown or along one of the main arteries. State Rd 26 runs east and west bisecting both cities. State Rd 52 curves around the East side of town and crosses the river into the Northern side of West Lafayette. On State Rd 52 near the Southeast side of town you will find the Tippecanoe Mall. Interstate 65 marks the eastern edge of Lafayette. From South to North there are 4 exits for Lafayette, St Rd 38, St Rd 26, St Rd 25, and St Rd 43 (for West Lafayette).
The John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge connects downtown Lafayette with West Lafayette. Starting at the river and heading west into West Lafayette is the Levee area and Wabash Landing. This area is fairly new with several shops, a multiplex theater, a park, and an outdoor ice skating rink. Continue west up the hill on State Rd. 26 to the Chauncey Hill and Village area. There you will find most of the college bars and several restaurants. Continue west on Hwy. 26 to pass through the main campus of Purdue University. To the north and east of Purdue is the main residential area of West Lafayette.
- Bus, There are 15 bus routes around the cities. Tickets are $1, 10 tokens for $7.50 (you can ask for one free transfer ticket), $28 for a calendar month pass, free for students and staff at Purdue. There is a free trolley bus going from downtown Lafayette to West Lafayette/Purdue and back every 15 minutes. Some bus lines do not run on weekends, in the summer, or anytime when classes are not in session; check schedules for details. Lafayette and the surroundings areas are suburban and relatively spread out; a private automobile is recommended.
- Go for a walk in the historic downtown, Main St. from 2nd to 9th St.
- Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
- 1 Fort Ouiatenon.
- Historic Prophetstown State Park.
- Wolf Park.
- Columbian Park.
- Columbian Park Zoo.
- Lilly Nature Center, 1620 Lindberg Rd, ☏ .
- The Standard Oil station, 627 South St, one of only seven left, is a walk-by museum.
- Ice skating in the winter at Riverside Skating Center, 100 Tapawingo Dr, just east of Wabash Landing.
- Go to a Purdue football game or other major sporting event.
- Feast of the Hunter's Moon every fall
- Colt World Series every August
- Taste of Tippecanoe every June.
- 1 Tropicanoe Cove.
- Lala Gallery & Studio, 511 Ferry St, ☏ . Tu-Sa 10-6. Go see the finest art Lafayette has to offer or take a class in Lala Gallery's ceramics studio. free.
- Samara House, 1301 Woodland Ave West Lafayette (Look for a brick driveway at the dead-end of Woodland Avenue in West Lafayette, Indiana. Our indigo-colored mailbox and gate are labeled 1301.), ☏ , email@example.com. Tour this National Historic Landmark. Samara House was completed in 1956 and represents one of Wright’s most fully realized Usonian designsoffering a rare comprehensive example of the famous architect’s work, from landscape and exterior details to specific interior furnishings including china, bed linens, and more. Note: Must have a reservation which can be made by phone or online.
- Farmers market, 5th Street. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, and Thursday evenings from May to late October. Saturday markets feature a much larger set of vendors than the weekday markets.
- Von's Records, Comics, Gifts, Books, 319-325 W. State St, West Lafayette, ☏ . 4 semi-separate stores but all next to each other and the place to find odd gifts, used books, comics, music, etc.
- JL Records, 380 Brown St., West Lafayette. Independent music store in the best sense of that tradition. Lots of hard to find vinyl and cds.
- LA Village Food Mart, 208 South St. In the Village, Groceries and Indian specialties.
- Tippecanoe Mall (take bus #4A from Lafayette).
- Arni's, 2200 Elmwood Ave., ☏ . This pizza place has been around Lafayette for over 40 years, it is expanding throughout the state now, but it all started here.
- South Street Smokehouse, 3305 South St., ☏ . Amazing homestyle slow cooked meals. Very reasonably priced, definitely worth a stop for casual lunch or dinner.
- Frozen Custard, Next to Columbian Park. This Custard restaurant started in the 1930s and still serves the same hand dipped custard.
- Walt's Other Pub, 3001 S 9th St., ☏ . A fun and welcoming atmosphere makes you feel like it's a second home. Great indoor smoking and smoke-free facility.
- Triple XXX. Indiana's first drive-in restaurant. Known for biscuits and gravy and a famous "Dwayne Purvis" hamburger with peanut butter. Great root beer too.
- Silver Dipper, River Market (corner of River Rd and State St). Hand-dipped ice cream and ice cream treats. Locally owned with a loyal customer base.
- Nine Irish Brothers, 119 Howard Ave, ☏ . A little slice of Ireland right here in West Lafayette. Family-owned traditional Irish pub. Warm atmosphere, live music, unique draft selection, great appetizers (try the Irish Pizza), and of course your traditional Irish entrees. Second location is in Lafayette, adjacent to Tippecanoe Mall (3520 State Rd. 38 E).
- Cafe Vienna Expresso Bar and Bakery, 208 South Street, ☏ . Good sweet treats and coffee, and an eclectic mix of sandwiches named after jazz and blues artists.
- Basil Thai, ☏ . Chauncey Hill Mall. Smallish menu, but good Thai food and spicy curries. Great mango salad. Also sells bubble tea.
- Parthenon (West Lafayette off of US 52), ☏ . Chauncey Hill Mall. Authentic Greek food in a spacious dining area.
- Ben Hur Tavern, 1002 S 4th.
- Biltmore Tap Room, 1202 S 4th.
- Black Sparrow, 223 Main St. Located right down town across from the Red Seven restaurant. Smaller lunch / dinner menu with unique items. The closest Lafayette comes to a hipster bar. Bands often play on Friday / Saturday nights and sometimes there is a cover charge.
- Checkerboard Tavern, 1521 Kossuth St. careful, they don't seem to change their fryer oil often enough.
- 6th Street Dive, 827 N 6th. Craft beers, everybody just sort of seems to find room for another one.
- Danzer's Show Club, 3481 McCarty Ln. Strip club.
- DT Kirby's, 605 Main St. Delicious (greasy) food that will stop your heart, great liquor selection, friendly dive bar atmosphere (as long as you're a Bears fan.)
- Filling Station, 2603 Greenbush.
- Hunter's Pub, 1092 Sagamore Parkway, West Lafayette, ☏ .
- East End Grille, 1016 Main Street. Great restaurant in Killer Beans Coffee's old spot, probably one of the best in town. Upscale for Lafayette (but that isn't hard to do)
- Knickerbocker Saloon, 113 N 5th St, ☏ . Founded in 1835, billed as Indiana's oldest bar. Note that the bar itself is the oldest in Indiana, but it was moved to this location. Tons of live music, sometimes jazz or other local bands. Cover is charged when bands are playing.
- Lafayette Brewing Company, 622 Main St, ☏ . One of two Lafayette breweries (do not ask for a bud light here, only beer made on site served). Brew pub with very good selection of beers. Also has good food and a second floor stage with live music and open mic nights.
- Linwood Tavern, 1244 N 14th.
- Professor Joe's Pizza, 648 Main St.
- People's Brewing Company, 2006 N. 9th St, ☏ . The second of Lafayette's own brewing companies. Their beers can be found on tap at some local bars. There is a small on-site bar that serves only the People's brews.
- The Tick Tock Tavern & Eatery, 1816 N. 9th Street.
- Brother's Bar & Grill, 306 W. State Street. Brother's always has specials and hence makes it a fairly cheap alternative to Harry's or Yacht Club. Much more relaxed atmosphere compared to other bars on campus.
- Harry's Chocolate Shop, 329 W State St. Harry's is a campus classic and has been around since the times of prohibition. It used to be a soda fountain but don't expect any chocolate to be served in this drinking mainstay. The vast majority of Purdue's campus will probably say Harry's is their favorite bar since it has a little of something for everyone. Strong drinks.
- Neon Cactus, 360 Brown St. Dance club and piano bar. On Thursday nights it is mostly frequented by college students as there is a $5 cover and $0.50 32-oz beers/$1.75 32-oz well drinks.
- Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub, 402 Brown St (Just N of the River Rd & State intersection), ☏ . 11AM-1AM daily. An impressively authentic Irish pub, with above average food—plenty of Irish cuisine such as shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, fish and chips, Connemara chicken, and--of course--corned beef and cabbage. It would be a great little Irish pub just for the atmosphere, but the big attractions are the bar and the entertainment. Nine Brothers has great draught beer, and a full bar with an impressive selection of Irish whiskeys, which are surpirsingly affordable. On weekends, the menu and booze are complemented by live Irish music; otherwise you can stop in to watch European sports (football, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling) on the telly, as well as the obligatory Purdue, Cubs, Bears, and Colts games.
- Where Else? Bar, 304 State St. Dance floor in the back, students tend to gather here at the end of their bar crawl. Featured in Sports Illustrated as #7 College Tailgate Location in the Nation. Featured on Big Ten Network for being the home of "BREAKFAST CLUB".
- Brokerage Brewing, 2516 Covington St West Lafayette, ☏ . 21+. Local Brewery.
Bed and Breakfast
- Loeb House.
- Tons of hotels on Route 26 near Interstate 65, budget-moderate priced: Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Day's Inn, Red Roof Inn, etc.—pick your favorite chain. These are outside of comfortable walking distance from West Lafayette (and therefore Purdue University), but only about a 20-minute drive from the heart of campus. If you're driving into town anyway and don't need pedestrian access to campus or downtown West Lafayette, these are a good (and often cheaper) choice.
- Comfort Suites Lafayette University Area, 31 Frontage Rd, ☏ . Breakfast and indoor pool. $75.
- Union Club Hotel, 101 North Grant Street, ☏ , fax: . Right on Purdue's campus, inside of the Purdue Union building. Good restaurants downstairs in the Union. Has secured online reservations. If you are looking to stay here during a major Purdue home game or campus event, make sure you make your reservations early because it does fill quickly.
All the public libraries have wired Internet computers available for use by anyone for limited time periods. Airimba [formerly dead link] have commercial wireless access at four apartment sites at very affordable rates especially for short stays. Other locations offering Internet access include:
- Vienna Espresso Bar & Bakery. Offers open wireless Internet access.
- Union Building, (at Purdue). Requires a free temporary account.
- Buffalo Wild Wings, (at Levee Plaza). Offers open wireless Internet access.
- Panera Bread. Offers wired and splash wireless Internet access.
- Barnes and Noble, (at Tippecanoe Mall). (note: there are only two power outlets in the whole building for your laptop. They are directly adjacent to the handicap access ramp. If you attempt to move a table there to use the outlets, they will ask you to leave.)
- West Lafayette Public Library.
- Tippecanoe County Public Library: all branches, login with a valid or guest library card.
- Ivy Tech Branch of Tippecanoe County Public Library[dead link].
- Tan and Laundry at Levee Plaza, just north of Wabash Landing
|Routes through Lafayette|
|Chicago ← Rensselaer ←||W E||→ Crawfordsville → Indianapolis|
|Gary ← Rensselaer ← Jct W E ←||N S||→ Lebanon → Indianapolis|
|Kankakee ← Kentland ←||NW SE||→ Lebanon → Indianapolis|
|Crown Point ← Rensselaer ← Jct W E ←||N S||→ Crawfordsville → Owensboro|