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The north side suburb of Fishers is home to the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, based around the historic William Conner House. Through first-person, in-character narratives, costumed staff recreate life in 19th-century Indiana, engaging visitors in common activities of the 1800s.
The park was awarded the 2012 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and was named one of the top five museums in the nation when it received the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions.
As your family travels through the outdoor historic areas, that include everything from a living pioneer village to a Lenape Indian camp, you'll experience the thrills of time travel. One of the park's newest attractions, 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana, puts you and your family in the middle of and Indiana brush with the Civil War. Through theatrical wizardry, including video, sound, staging and interpreters, you are drawn into the true story of General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry raid on Indiana. Or stop by the 1859 Balloon Voyage, a tethered balloon that simulates the nation?s first successful airmail flight by raising visitors 350 feet in the air and offering an excellent view of surrounding countryside.
Special events include everything from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra playing outdoors to a visit by the Headless Horseman. For a complete event schedule, please see the Conner Prairie website.
Note: Conner Prairie will offer free admission for active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members from May 26 through Labor Day as part of its partnership with Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.
April hours: Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May-Oct. hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.-Mar. 26 hours: Indoor areas open Thurs.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
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