West Lafayette revolves around Purdue University and very little else. The tranquility of West Lafayette serves Purdue students in the best way possible, allowing them to focus on their academics without many distractions. However, the Lafayette area is filled with restaurants, parks, historical attractions, and other diversions that are very similar to other medium-sized cities in the nation. Keeping an open mind and stretching your imagination will net you with plenty of activities. And if all else fails, Indianapolis is only an hour’s drive away.
To most students, hanging out with their buddies on significant places like Memorial Mall and the Union are the most amusing. When the weather is warm, nothing beats getting a bunch of friends and running through the famous fountains. Greater Lafayette has numerous places to walk, especially the walking bridge that connects West Lafayette and Lafayette over the Wabash River. When winter hits, head over to the outdoor skating rink at the Wabash Landing, or grab a sled (or lunch tray from the dining halls) and sled down Slayter Hill. Don’t let your laziness conquer you. You are here for a very short time and are responsible to make the best of it. If you’re friends opt for a walk around campus at 3 a.m., go for it! At Purdue, fun can be created out of anything.