Within an hour of Lafayette, there are a number of places to enjoy during the long weekend.
To the north:
Delphi, 20 minutes north of I65 and SR25 intersection. There are miles of trails to walk or ride a bike on. Most are suitable for outdoor style wheelchairs. Walk along the creek, river or canal, see unique bridges, beautiful 19th century architecture or check out the shops. On the courthouse square there are antique shops and a great rock shop. Nearby is the historic Stone House Restaurant and Bakery (link), stop in for a meal, or just dessert (closed on Sunday). A few blocks north of the courthouse is the Canal Park. Ride the “Delphi” canal boat and visit the museum (link). Stop by Noble Bikes at the Canal and rent a surrey to tour in style, or a paddle boat to tour the restored canal. (link)
Monon, 45 minutes north of I65 and SR43 intersection. Known for its rock quarries, trailer factory and origin of the name for the Monon railroad, Monon is a community that is rebuilding. It boasts a unique water tower, a smiley face on it. (At sunset, the sun provides a bright nose for the face) A mile and half north of Monon is the Monon Connection and Whistle Stop Restaurant. (link) One of the most unique restaurants in Indiana, the restaurant has several O gauge trains travelling overhead. There is an outdoor museum with several large pieces including a crane, Wabash caboose and a depot. Great photo-op with the kids! The indoor museum does have a fee.
To the south:
Linden, 15 minutes south of SR25 and US231 intersection. The Linden Depot Museum (link) boasts not just Monon memorabilia, but several model train layouts. O, HO, and N layouts delight young and old. The HO layout is of Linden. Examples of Z and G gauge models can also be seen. Bring some quarters for the little ones to ride the engine. The gift shop carries a variety of railroad items. Fee charged. Across the street from the museum is the Lindy Freeze and the city park.