Lafayette, IN

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Lafayette featuring a city, heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

A historic downtown, diverse outdoor attractions and a lively arts scene make the home of Purdue University one of Indiana’s most enticing cities.

Lafayette is a modern city that retains its historic charm. Once one of Indiana’s premier trade destinations in the 19th century, today Lafayette is a cosmopolitan university town with museums, galleries and parks.

West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, one of the United States’ preeminent research institutions. Visit the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering and admire its impressive atrium. Purdue Arboretum and Hort Park provide perfect outdoor settings to enjoy the mild Indiana climate.

Downtown is divided into three districts, all within walking distance of one another. Head to Chauncey Village for its nightlife and a college-town atmosphere. The Wabash Riverfront District spans both banks of the river and offers historic streets lined with shops and restaurants. Cross the Wabash River using the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge in Tapawingo Park. After crossing the bridge, make your way to Riehle Plaza, a waterfront public green that hosts festivals and performances throughout the year.

Near to Riehle Plaza is the Arts & Market District. Explore centuries of historic regional art at the Haan Mansion or admire modern pieces at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Browse shops and galleries or grab a bite to eat at one of the neighborhood’s bistros. Sample fresh produce at the Lafayette Farmers Market, which has been a weekly tradition for over a century.

Bring the family to Columbian Park in the heart of downtown. Pet farm animals and stroll through the butterfly garden at the Columbian Park Zoo or cool off on the water slide at Tropicanoe Cove Aquatic Center. Drive 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) north to Prophetstown State Park, where more walking trails and a historic Native American village await.

Fly into Indianapolis International Airport, located 70 miles (112.7 kilometers) south of Lafayette. An Amtrak station is conveniently situated at Riehle Plaza downtown. Explore the outdoor attractions, cultural delights and rich history that Lafayette has to offer.

Where to stay in Lafayette

Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette/Purdue Area
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette/Purdue Area
2.5 out of 5
201 Frontage Road, Lafayette, IN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $67 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from IU Health Arnett Hospital and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from IU Health Arnett Hospital. Purdue University and ...
3.7/5Good! (957 reviews)
"Room was clean and staff was friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette/Purdue Area
Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette, IN
Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette, IN
3 out of 5
4110 South Street, Lafayette, IN
The price is $90 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of IU Health Arnett Hospital, IU Health Arnett Hospital, and Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Gardens. Franciscan ...
4.4/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel with friendly staff."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette, IN
Holiday Inn Lafayette-City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Lafayette-City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
515 South Street, Lafayette, IN
Fully refundable
The price is $113 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art and Purdue University. Wabash Heritage Trail and Purdue Memorial ...
3.7/5Good! (970 reviews)
"The room was really clean. Staff is amazing."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Holiday Inn Lafayette-City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Newly renovated duplex 5 mins from Purdue
Newly renovated duplex 5 mins from Purdue
Lafayette, IN
The price is $76 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in the heart of Lafayette, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Wabash Heritage Trail and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Purdue University. Haan Mansion ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Spacious stay
"We were just passing through and this listing was exactly what we needed. Appears to be recently renovated and the designs are cozy. The property is spacious which is nice after a long day of driving. Property Owner was very nice and sent additional instructions / pictures to help with the arrival ..."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Newly renovated duplex 5 mins from Purdue
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lafayette, IN
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lafayette, IN
3 out of 5
3838 Grace Lane, Lafayette, IN
The price is $105 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Franciscan Health Lafayette East, Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Gardens, and Columbian Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (480 reviews)
"Seemed like a newer property. Very clean, room was spacious and I really enjoyed having the kitchenette. The workout facility was also very nice and had good equipment similar to what you would see in a commercial gym. I would definitely stay here again if I am in the area. This was also a great ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lafayette, IN
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette Rossville Exit
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette Rossville Exit
3 out of 5
3939 South Street, Lafayette, IN
The price is $122 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Situated in Lafayette, this aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Gardens and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Columbian Park Zoo. Purdue University ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (333 reviews)
"Unfortunately Breakfast wasn't that great. Only had bacon half cooked available at 8am... Breakfast served 630-930... there was no milk had to ask for coffee and food said it'd be awhile we ended up leaving early. Found trash in our motel room. Otherwise nice place. Unfortunately i think covid has ..."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette Rossville Exit
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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