Photo collage of Attractions near The Whittaker Inn

West Lafayette Attractions

Stay Near Loeb Stadium, Columbian Park Zoo & more

Breathtaking natural beauty, noteworthy cultural landmarks and old-fashioned family fun: you’ll enjoy all of this and more in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Whittaker Inn is only 5 miles from Purdue University and offers close proximity to a number of the other area’s most popular things to do – from a renowned history museum to an interactive zoo and an opportunity to howl with the wolves.

Celery Bog and Lilly Nature Center near The Whittaker Inn

Celery Bog and Lilly Nature Center

Explore a 105-acre paradise of natural wetlands with thriving wildlife and a nature center. The paved trails and natural paths are open daily from dawn to dusk, with no admission charge. This area is home to nearly 120 different species of birds as well as other unique plants and animals native to Indiana.

A stairway in Clegg Memorial Gardens near The Whittaker Inn

Clegg Memorial Gardens

Beauty and tranquility come together at Clegg Memorial Gardens. It’s a place to enjoy wildflowers, plants native to Indiana, nature trails and intriguing bridges. With changes in the landscape from season to season, you’ll always see dramatic variations in the spectacular setting every time you visit.

Exterior of Columbian Park Zoo Entrance near The Whittaker Inn

Columbian Park Zoo

Meet beautiful creatures, take part in eye-opening programs and learn more about the importance of preserving wildlife around the world. This family-friendly zoo offers wonderful exhibits, presentations and opportunities to engage with the animal community.

The crowd in Loeb Stadium near The Whittaker Inn

Loeb Stadium

Loeb Stadium is home to the Lafayette Aviators, a summer collegiate prospect baseball team. This entertainment venue provides fun for all ages and is located at Columbian Park, adjacent to the Columbian Park Zoo and Tropicanoe Cove water park. Attending a game at the stadium, you may see a rising star player before they make their professional debut. 

Fort Thomas Farmers Market sign board near The Whittaker Inn

Farmers Market

Both Lafayette and West Lafayette have a weekly Farmers Market. If your stay goes through a Wednesday or a Saturday you could have the opportunity to experience one of these events. Farm fresh foods, flowers, food trucks, live music, and more can be found when attending a local Farmers Market.

Happy Hollow Park with walking paths near The Whittaker Inn

Happy Hollow

Happy Hollow Park is an area, approximately 81 acres large, that contains hiking trails, footpaths, playground areas, a dogpark, and other amenities open for public use. This park is a great place to visit for time with family, or a relaxing hike through the woods. 

Prophrtstown State Park welcome sign near The Whittaker Inn

Prophetstown State Park

As Indiana’s newest state park, you can experience a natural space with an astounding landscape formed by ice glaciers, water, fire and prairie grass. Explore this beautiful park to enjoy trails, a homestead, and a family friendly aquatic center. Be sure to check out the farms to view an original 1920's farmhouse.

Exterior of Purdue University Entrance near The Whittaker Inn

Purdue University

Purdue University is West Lafayette’s main attraction, and is home to over 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Wander through the sprawling campus, cheer on the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium, or catch a performance at Elliott Hall of Music.

The garden area at Samara House near The Whittaker Inn


If you’re a fan of the architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright, then you must go to Samara House. This original creation by the famed architect is one of his most complete homes in the United States and includes over 40 of Wright’s innovative creations. 

Tippecanoe Battlefield near The Whittaker Inn

Tippecanoe Battlefield

A national historic landmark, located in a 96-acre park setting in Battle Ground, complete with picnic areas, nature center, historic and scenic hiking trails. The 85-foot marble obelisk monument was erected in 1908 and marks the site of the November 7, 1811, Battle of Tippecanoe between the United States’ forces.

Sliders & pool, Tropicanoe Cove Water Park near Whittaker Inn

Tropicanoe Cove Water Park

Enjoy a tropical paradise in Lafayette! This exciting water park has a great variety of fun activities that include a spiraling tube slide and many other watery adventures. Check out the special events and programs you and your family can experience together as well.

3 wolves on a branch in Wolf Park near The Whittaker Inn

Wolf Park

If you adore wildlife, Wolf Park should be at the top of your Lafayette itinerary. You can meet a delightful range of amazing species that include wolves, foxes and coyotes living in semi-natural enclosures. Take a tour of this facility and learn about these wonderful creatures while also discovering plenty of important facts about our complex ecosystem.


A lake in The Battleground Golf Course near The Whittaker Inn

Battle Ground Golf Club

Opened on July 4th, 1967, Battle Ground Golf Club resides on 160 acres of property neighboring Prophetstown State Park. The course has 5 sets of tees playing from 5100 yards in length at the front to almost 7100 at the back. The property also features a full practice facility that includes a putting green, a short game arena, and a practice tee equipped with 5 target greens.

A lake in Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex near The Whittaker Inn

Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex

Purdue University's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is home to the PGA Forme Tour's "Boilermaker Classic" and has hosted the 2008 NCAA Men's Championships and the 2003 NCAA Women's Championships on the Pete Dye designed Kampen Course. Featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses with a first-class golf training center, you're invited to enjoy the Purdue Golf Experience!

A lake in Coyote Crossing Golf Club near The Whittaker Inn

Coyote Crossing

This parkland-style course features multiple creek crossings that lead you through wildlife in native prairies, wetlands, and forests while challenging every club in your bag. The player-friendly, relaxed club experience includes premium carts, a large practice area, and a restaurant with a full bar inside a scenic clubhouse