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Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, Conner Prairie offers the chance to immerse yourself in America's era of westward expansion and development. Visit the park, home to a house itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and delve deep into the 19th century, when this rural area began to grow as the nation's heartland. Wander the street of the town, recreated to resemble its appearance in 1836, and explore the array of replica businesses, sights, and reenactors dressed in period clothing. Afterward, make your way to the Civil War experience, which documents the defense of the area from a daring Confederate raid in 1863. You can also wander the park's network of nature trails to enjoy the nearby forest and even see some local animal residents. Plan to visit Conner Prairie during your Fishers vacation using our convenient Fishers travel tool.
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A living history experience. Starting in the 1800's and moving by decades through time. Children go for school field trips. The Indpls. Symphony Orchestra plays summer concerts on the lawn from June..... more
A living history experience. Starting in the 1800's and moving by decades through time. Children go for school field trips. The Indpls. Symphony Orchestra plays summer concerts on the lawn from June..... more »
We were planning to go see Melissa Etheridge tonight. The show was cancelled just as we were heading out the door. There is no refund. You have to use your ticket for another show. Okay, that sucks...
We were planning to go see Melissa Etheridge tonight. The show was cancelled just as we were heading out the door. There is no refund. You have to use your ticket for another show. Okay, that sucks... more »
Conner Prairie offers an experience unlike an other! The reenactors are great at staying in character making you feel like you are in that time period. Kids will really enjoy themselves, also. If you.... more
Conner Prairie offers an experience unlike an other! The reenactors are great at staying in character making you feel like you are in that time period. Kids will really enjoy themselves, also. If you.... more »
A little away from main indianapolis city, it's a farm land with its own historic importance. They tried to maintain this place as if time clocked 200 years backwards in Indiana. But overall not a very-well managed one, and too hot out in summers. I don't think you'll miss anything if you skip this in your visit to Indianapolis. All in all a dry, undecorated place with rough farm land mostly. Balloon ride will cost you $15 to $18 extra on top of your entry ticket. Cafe is overpriced considering the location. Even very basic plain patty burger will cost about $12 while you sit out in summer. Children play areas are pretty good (specially the air conditioned indoor one), and small children will surely enjoy it a lot. If you're visiting Indianapolis, consider taking Indy Pass. They cover 8 places in their $48 day pass, and Conner Prairie is one of them. It's a good deal if you know how to best utilize it.
Conner Prairie is a good place to spend the weekend. There are lots of attractions and activities. Visit the museum and village. Experience corn maze. Get the feel of riding in a hot air balloon. General admission is expensive ($20/person) but kids and seniors get some discounts. We visited Conner Prairie for hot air balloon festival and it was really eventful. Novel experience to get up close with 12-15 huge hot air balloons. Lots of playing activities for kids. Surely nice place to come with family.
Boy, it sure has changed over the years. It's a great place for kids especially, with lots of interactive activities for them. Most of the houses and barns are open and the volunteers are available which is great. Sadly though, many of the buildings are showing signs of not being maintained (dry rot, wood boring insects, missing chinking on log buildings)
My whole family, kids aged 14 to 2 years old, had a wonderful time at the Headless Horseman fu . We took the hay ride and went down the dry tubing runs. All four of my kids loved the activities so much, even my 2-year-old and 4 year old :-) I feel like the dry tubing runs could be set up a little bit better. It took forever for the patrons to drag their tubes up the hill. I think there should be a solution so that more people can get down more efficiently. But it was very cool anyway. We had a wonderful time and everone wished we could stay longer. The corn maze is gorgeous this year, and all the employees are so friendly. It's really a wonderful place to visit, especially if all fall with the gorgeous leaves all around.
We did the Headless Horseman event and for the most part we enjoyed it. However, most of the event is geared towards a younger age (4-12). But my daugter and I really enjoyed the Headless Horseman wagon ride. Its worth it for that alone. The wagon ride takes you through the old town of historic buildings and although some of the decorations are a little cheezy, things get real when the Headless Horseman rides out swinging his sword. Its $5 extra for the wagon ride so make sure you add that to the cost before going. The food is a little pricey in my opinion. $15 for a brisket sandwich. We sat and listen to the band play spooky music when we ate and to be honest, the band was really good. However, the cornmaze was fairly boring.
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