Battle Ground, IN - Noun - A beautiful town full of history, small businesses, and... wolves?
Chances are - if you don't live in one of the neighboring counties - you've probably never heard of it, until now. The town was named Battle Ground after the famous Battle of Tippecanoe between American forces - led by Major General William Henry Harrison - and Shawnee Indians - led by Tecumseh's brother Tenskwatawa (known as The Prophet).
There's no battles happening there today (although some claim to see the ghosts of American soldiers or Indians walking the trails throughout the town). Any who, without further ado, let's dive into the four places you should visit the next time you're in Battle Ground, Indiana.
1.) Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
The Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is located at 200 Battle Ground Avenue, West Lafayette. Okay, so it's not "Technically" in Battle Ground, but when you're leaving the parking lot you're like 5 feet away from the "Welcome to Battle Ground" sign, so I kept it on this list. Anyways, this place is the bees knees.
On the memorial there is information about the Battle of Tippecanoe on all four sides. One side talks about how William Henry Harrison commanded attack at 4:00 in the morning against the Shawnee Indians. Really though.. Who wants to fight at 4:00 in the morning? Probably not the Indians if I had to guess. In the end, 37 of Harrison's men were killed and 151 were wounded. The Indian numbers are unknown.
The 96-acre park has more than the 85 foot marble monument though. There is also a picnic area, walking / hiking trails, a museum and store that's open 10am - 5 pm everyday except Wednesday, and a nature center. Next time you're in Battle Ground stop by The Tippecanoe Battlefield Park. You won't regret it!
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2.) TC's Restaurant and Tavern
TC's is one Battle Grounds "hidden gems". The restaurant is tucked away just passed the downtown area and officially located at 109 N Railroad St, Battle Ground.
Almost every time I've been to TC's they are very busy, however they are quick to seat people and the service is great. The menu has a wide variety of food including steak, burgers, club sandwich, grilled chicken, catfish, corndogs, and much more. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great for any occasion.
It's hard to say anything bad about TC's Restaurant and Tavern based off of my personal experiences. If you've never been it's definitely worth the short drive from Lafayette or West Lafayette!
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3.) Battle Ground Golf Club
The Battle Ground Golf Club is an 18 hole course located at 5505 Pretty Prairie Road, Battle Ground, IN. Having played here many times I can tell you that I'm not very good, but I do enjoy the relaxing setting and the course is always well maintained.
Local golfers have been playing here since July 4th, 1967, and for almost 50 years it was home to the Lafayette Country Club. While playing a round you will encounter water on 3 of the 18 holes, multiple bunkers and expansive putting greens. Par for the course is 72 and hats off to you if you can shoot that without more 1 mulligan.
Visit the Battle Ground Golf Club website or call (765)567-2178 to book a tee time or find out more information about the course.
4.) Wolf Park
Wolf Park is one of the best local attractions not only for Battle Ground, but for all of Tippecanoe County. The wolves are located at 4004 E 800 N, Battle Ground, IN.
The story of Wolf Park dates all the way back to 1972 when a local professor received two wolves from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. The professor was Erich Klinghammer and he was interested in observing the wolves to learn more about how they communicate and their behavior.
Over the years more wolves were donated and improvements were made to the park. In the 1980's Bison were introduced to Wolf Park as a donation from Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette. Nowadays when you visit you'll find wolves, bison, foxes, coyotes, sheep, and other wildlife native to the area.
There are special events hosted throughout the year such as Howl-O-Ween (October 29th @7:00 pm), Pumpkin Party (October 22nd @3:00 pm), and Turkey Toss (November 27th @3:00 pm).
There are also 7 different tours and programs offered on their website. Visit their website to book a tour and learn more information about Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN. You can also follow them on instagram @wolfparkindiana.