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Day Trip from Carmel with Your Kids: Lafayette, IN

About an hour northwest of Carmel, IN you will find Lafayette, IN–a small town with some fun activities for you and your kids. The drive is easy and well worth the activities we explored while we were there! For reference in your planning–I had three kids with me on this trip ages 5, 2.5, and 7 months. I was able to take a stroller with me every place we went with no issues, and navigated the trip as a solo adult. Check out our different stops throughout the day below!


Play at Imagination Station

600 N 4th St, Lafayette, IN 47901

Imagination Station is a hands on children’s science museum located just outside the historic downtown district. Kids can create electricity with their hands, feel the strength of tornado-like wind speeds, and explore free play based in science. Tickets or a membership are required to enter.

Lunch and treats at McCord Candies

536 Main Street Lafayette, IN 47901

We stopped at McCord Candies for lunch after exploring Imagination Station. McCords is a staple fixture in the Lafayette historic district. The shop is charming with lots of history. A modest menu with options for kids and adults, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a simple lunch and a treat for the kids!

Other local lunch options in the area include Lafayette Brewing and North End Cafe.

Get Creative at Flourish Studio and Classroom

514 Main St, Lafayette, IN

After lunch, we walked down a block to Flourish Studio and Classroom. This place has the coolest concept. You can walk in and create art with your kids for free–the mission is art for all. You can also purchase pieces to paint and take home with you. I equate the experience to an elementary art class but amplified and parents/adults can partake in the fun with the kids. The kids can paint the walls, color on the table, glitter anything they want to. This was a blast!

Grab a treat for the road at Scones and Dollies

632 Main Street Lafayette, IN

A 3 min walk from McCord Candies and Flourish is a quaint European bakery, Scones and Dollies. Everything in the bakery case looks amazing, and you can find some unique options not found in traditional bakeries–artisan scones, Rugelach, Baklava, and Galettes, just to name a few!

Other local attractions:

There are a few other local attractions for families in Lafayette that we didn’t have a chance to visit during this trip. West Lafayette is the home of Purdue University, which is a fun experience to walk around a giant college campus if the weather is nice.

Northend Community Center is located outside of downtown Lafayette and has an indoor playground that only costs $2 to enter.

If the weather is nice during your trip, there are a number of great parks to explore in both Lafayette and West Lafayette.


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