Step back in time and join a bustling community where people, animals, objects, and daily routines are exactly the same as they were over 150 years ago.
Soar high above Conner Prairie in a helium-filled balloon, and learn how manned flight moved from dream to reality.
Immerse yourself in Hoosier life during the Civil War and enlist to help defend the state from Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders.
Live like a Lenape Indian as you toss a tomahawk, climb inside a wigwam, and try your hand at fur trading in Conner Prairie’s earliest historical area.
Step inside the barn of a real working farm, where you can feed, pet, and play with livestock, while learning from their caretakers.
Enter one of Indiana's first brick homes where you can discover the story of William Conner and how Indiana's history changed here.
Connect with nature and play freely in a 4-story treehouse surrounded by special activity areas where guests of all ages can dig in and have fun.
Design a new invention, fly a plane, and create an electrical circuit in this fun ever-changing indoor exhibit that celebrates innovation in Indiana.
Show the world your creativity and make a unique take-home project in an exciting indoor craft area.
Create, climb, explore, play, and pretend in a one-of-a-kind indoor play area perfect for kids through the age of 8.
I still remember the great excitement and joy when I was a child of waking up on Christmas morning to find presents under the tree and special treats in my stocking hung under the fireplace mantle.
I would dump the stocking’s contents on the floor and quickly discard the obligatory orange, apple, banana and the hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans to find the special candies, gum, small gifts and fireworks. Yes, fireworks. What were my parents thinking?
I can tell you that I’ve had the same excitement and joy this entire year, waking up each day to find Conner Prairie and the special presents that waited my unpacking.
I’ve found colleagues who are passionate, talented and creative, who work hard to fulfill our mission. Our board members, who are committed to our current and future successes, really impress me. I’ve grown closer to generous donors who have given special gifts to ensure our today and tomorrows.
And as we have worked on our new comprehensive site master plan, I’ve discovered some fireworks to ring in a new year and illuminate the sky over the prairie for years to come. You don’t want to miss our annual meeting next month, when many of these new ideas will be shared.
My wish to you this holiday season is that you find your own stocking overflowing with good cheer and health for 2018.
Happy holidays to you and yours from the leadership team at Conner Prairie.