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Allow 3 days.
Need a healthy dose of nature? Watch a cow give birth, howl with the wolves, ride a horse or hike a rugged trail…all can be done in western Indiana.
Howl and hike in Tippecanoe County
Just outside Lafayette, howl with the wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground. This nonprofit educational and research facility is home to several wolf packs as well as coyotes, foxes and bison. In January there are activities planned from 1-5 pm each Saturday. From May-November, the park is open on a daily basis, and you can go to Howl Nights on Saturdays. While in Battle Ground, visit the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park , home to the northern trailhead of the 13-mile Wabash Heritage Trail. This walking-biking trail goes south to West Lafayette, home to another don’t-miss spot: The Triple XXX Family Restaurant . Named for Triple XXX root beer, it’s Indiana’s first drive-in restaurant and features made-from-scratch specialties like pork bbq, grilled tenderloin, ice cream treats and their famous 100% sirloin chop steak.
Learn how milk goes from grass to glass
Fair Oaks Farms , about an hour north of Lafayette, is one of the largest dairies in the U.S. housing over 30,000 dairy cows. Take the Dairy Barn Tour to visit the cows and check out the rotary milking station. They pump 300,000 gallons of milk a day! At the birthing barn, see calves enter the world – about 80 are born each day. Enjoy a delicious meal in the Fair Oaks Café including their made on-site cheeses and ice cream. Youngsters can burn off some steam in the Mooville play area jumping, rock climbing and riding the MooChoo train. With so many different areas to explore, you can spend a whole day at Fair Oaks Farms.
Exploring the great outdoors - Turkey Run State Park style
Ancient glaciers formed the Sugar Creek bed and Turkey Run State Park canyons 300-600 million years ago. Visit nature’s marvel near Marshall about an hour south of West Lafayette. Eleven trails totaling 14 miles take you up wooden ladders, across stone beds and under rock ledges. Rent a horse at the saddle barn to take on a guided ride on a bridle trail. Not far from the park at Sugar Valley Canoe Trips , you can rent canoes and kayaks to paddle your way through the park on Sugar Creek. (Some seasonal activities are not available year-round.)
For an overnight, camping is available inside (and outside) the park or stay at the homey Turkey Run Inn inside the park. At the Inn, dine in the Narrows Restaurant, enjoy a dip in the indoor heated pool and relax in front of the spacious lobby’s fireplace.