What is Conner Prairie?

The outdoor experience areas are closed for the season and will open again on March 26, 2015. Please visit the indoor experience areas, Discovery Station, Create.Connect and Craft Corner, for year round fun and exploration.

At Conner Prairie, from April-October,  you’ll find several themed historic areas to explore: Lenape Camp, Conner Homestead, 1836 Prairietown, 1859 Balloon Voyage,1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana and the Nature Walk. In each area "look, don’t touch" becomes "look, touch, smell, taste and hear” as you live history first-hand. Explore 200 beautiful, wooded acres and discover fun daily activities and exciting ways to experience the past with your family. Don’t miss the Animal Encounters Barn where you can get up close with your favorite farm friends! 

 Adventure awaits you inside the Welcome Center with Discovery Station, the year round play and learning area built just for kids. Visit  Create.Connect where changing experiments satisfy all ages... you might build a machine that moves, tame the power of the wind, or spark up some fun with electricity. Create a masterpiece or two in Craft Corner, with new activities offered every week.

Other helpful links: Hours and Admission Prices, Calendar of Events and Accessibility options for all of our guests.

Nature Walk

Take a trek along the new Nature Walk and discover a different view of the prairie! Explore Conner Prairie’s natural setting up close as you walk through a forest and along the top of a levee that is flanked by woods, farmland, prairie and the White River. Along the way you will discover plant and animal life that call this part of Conner Prairie their home. Take a break on one of several benches along the path, and stay quiet to listen for and spot different critters rustling around you. Talk about the importance of nature, and learn how land was used in the past by Native Americans and William Conner, and how it is being used today. At the end of the trail you will find the Lookout, an elevated observation deck, that provides a wonderful view of the restored prairie, which was created to attract certain migratory birds. (Open March 27 - November 2, 2014.)

1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana

Immerse yourself in Indiana's most significant brush with the Civil War and enlist to defend your state from Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders. Feel the patriotism, excitement and concerns of the citizens and volunteer militia firsthand through this multi-media experience, unlike any other in the nation! Bring the young children and explore the new indoor-outdoor Civil War-themed play area complete with water cannons, steamboat play structure and more. (Open March 26 - November 1, 2015.)

Lenape Indian Camp

Dance to the sound of the water drum and gourd rattle in Conner Prairie's earliest historic area. Experience the lives of the Lenape, or Delaware, Indians and strike a deal with the fur traders. (Open March 26 - November 1, 2015.)

Pack the Horse's Saddle
Learn how to pack a (pretend) horse. A horse load of goods has come into Lenape Camp and we need your help stocking the trading post and packing the horse for the return trip.

William Conner Homestead and Animal Encounters Barn

Peek into William Conner’s world when you visit his homestead, a treasured piece of Indiana history. Discover for yourself the story of William Conner and how Indiana’s history changed here. Explore the first floor of central Indiana’s first brick home, where the fur trader and Indiana statesman lived with his family. Meet animals up close in the large timber-frame barn, see what's simmering in the Loom House, dip a candle and stroll through the heirloom gardens. (Open March 26 - November 1, 2015.)

1836 Prairietown

Prairietown is a bustling community struggling to survive in the year 1836. Step back in time where the people, animals, objects, buildings and daily routines are just as they were in the 19th century. Meet the townspeople, take a lesson in the schoolhouse, earn some wages by helping with chores, and spend your earnings at Whitaker’s Store. Take on a role in town and decide if you and your family would like to stay and become a citizen of the town. (Open March 26 - November 1, 2015.)

1859 Balloon Voyage

Discover one of the earliest chapters of aviation history at Conner Prairie’s 1859 Balloon Voyage. Experiment with the science and technology of ballooning, then soar 350 feet above the landscape in a tethered, helium-filled balloon and see the world like John Wise did. (Open March 26 - November 1, 2015, weather permitting.)