- The list below includes 40 free or cheap things to do in or near Lafayette, Indiana, including 38 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Bowling, Botanical Gardens and Parks.
- From Fairfield Lakes Park to Armstrong Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Lafayette and in nearby cities within 25 miles like West Lafayette, Monticello and Crawfordsville.
The Lilly Nature Center is a 195 acre nature area populated by wetlands, adjacent woods, and fields. The center features several walking trails and offers Family Environmental Fun Packs' filled with educational resources and related activities.
As a neighborhood park, University Farms Park offers children a jungle gym with slides and climbing bars, with a separate playground for toddlers. The park also has a large grass field for recreational activities.
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4449 State Road 43 N, West Lafayette, IN 47906 MoreLess Info
Tippecanoe County Ampitheater is located on the 166 acre Tippecanoe County Ampitheater Park. The outdoor theatre is a venue for a variety of performances, including plays, concerts, and private events.
At the site of a historic French trading post, Fort Ouiatenon is a recreational park that hosts a yearly event called Feast of the Hunter's Moons. During this event, visitors can see volunteers parading as French soldiers and pioneers.
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3129 S River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 MoreLess Info
Operated by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, the Fort Ouiatenon Historical Park is a historical site created on the site of an early French trading post. Visitors enjoy seeing and remembering local history when visiting the Fort.
With over a mile of zipline cable, Indiana Zipline Tours, Inc. takes visitors on an adrenaline filled adventure. With over 8 ziplines, ranging from 150 to 2000 ft in length, the tour is two hours of fun and pure thrill.
Situated nearby the Tippecanoe River, City Park features an upper level with a baseball field, basketball court, children's playgrounds and picnic areas. The rest of the park is a natural area with streams, walking trails, a gazebo and bridges.
Originally a single-screen theater, Twin Lakes Cinema I & II is a two-screen movie theater opened in 1932. The theater displays first-run feature films and provides event hosting and a concession area with food and drinks.
Monticello Bowling Lanes is a league-oriented bowling alley with limited open bowling times. They offer computerized scoring that also features advice on ball positioning. There is a small parking lot in front of the building.