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.
At Curiosity Fair, we want our guests to be curious about the world around them, ask questions, and find answers! In the weeks leading up to the festival on June 10 and 11, we’ll have members of our staff answer some questions guests have asked in previous years, covering everything from physics to ice cream.
What are you curious about? Let us know in the box below – and we just might help you learn something new!
Answer: It’s possible, but it’s not very likely. Although it’s been known to happen on several occasions, seeds have to be preserved in very special ways in order to grow 1,000 years later. However, in the gardens at Conner Prairie, we still use species of plants that date back that far – even if the seeds don’t! It’s important for us to preserve the genetic heritage of these plants just like we do our livestock.
Answer: A star is made of several different elements, but it’s primarily made of hydrogen. The second most common element is helium – the same substance that causes our 1859 Balloon Voyage to lift off! Helium forms when hydrogen fuses inside of stars like our sun.
Answer: Gravity is a force that holds planets in their orbits, keeps moons orbiting around their planets, and holds objects and people like us on our planet as well. It’s the reason why when you drop something, it falls to the ground.
Answer: Ice cream is made of cream, sugar and sometimes egg yolks, plus flavoring! While today we have flavors like mint chocolate chip or cookie dough, in the 19th century vanilla wasn’t often used because the spice was so expensive, and instead they had some familiar flavors like lemon or chocolate, but also flavors like parmesan or oyster. You can learn more about how ice cream is made in this video from Jas. Townsend and Son.
Answer: All of their flight muscles are located in their thorax, the middle body section. Instead of flapping their arms up and down, they move them in a way that creates a low-pressure vortex over their wing, keeping them aloft in the air!