Conner Prairie: A Living History Museum and Attraction

Combining history with science, at Conner Prairie visitors can explore Indiana’s heritage through hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum offers history-themed, immersive experiences, including interacting with costumed characters, visiting historical recreations, playing atop Treetop Outpost, taking flight on a hot air balloon and more.

Conner Prairie

What is there to do at Conner Prairie?

1836 Prairietown

Visitors can go back in time to 1836 central Indiana and experience the way people lived, who they were and what they did on a daily basis. You’ll find the Prairietown residents going about their daily lives ready to interact and tell stories or even some local gossip. 

1836 Prairietown Conner Prairie
1836 Prairietown Conner Prairie

Animal Encounters

Step inside Conner Prairie’s barn and meet some of the farm’s animals up close. Animals roam freely in the barn, allowing visitors to get a closer look and even pet the animals.

Animals at Conner Prairie
Animals at Conner Prairie

Treetop Outpost

Treetop Outpost at Conner Prairie features a 4-story treehouse, as well as a number of activities for exploring, building, and even playing songs on outdoor instruments. Families can connect with the natural materials in the world around them while disconnecting from gadgets in this beautiful wooded setting.

Treetop outpost

1859 Balloon Voyage

Conner Prairie’s Balloon Voyage takes you on a trip 370 feet above the ground. The balloon is filled with helium, an inert, nonflammable gas. The balloon ascends in good weather conditions only and will not fly in unsafe conditions, including storms or high winds. The purchase of general admission is required to access the 1859 Balloon Voyage during regular daytime museum hours. Additional ticket needed to ride the balloon.

Balloon Voyage at conner prairie

Discovery Station and Craft Corner

Discovery Station is one of Conner Prairie’s indoor areas, geared toward children aged 0 to 9. Children can can create, climb, explore, play, and let their imaginations run wild! There is a craft station, a reading nook, a train table, things to build, lots of places for pretend play, a structure to climb, a special area for babies. Discovery Station even has a fort-building area, where kids can use blankets and poles to create the perfect hiding place.

Discovery Station is open Thursday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. 

Discovery Station
Discovery Station

River Crossing

During the summer month’s River Crossing is the perfect place to cool down while visiting the prairie. The Civil War-themed splash area features a steamboat, cannons and boats. Kids can have fun boarding the Alice Dean steamboat, firing water cannons, guiding toy boats along the river, and more. This area is full of hands-on activities that encourage pretend play and family interaction.

River Crossing at conner prairie
River Crossing at conner prairie

 

Habitat

Habitat is a new way to explore the world around you by highlighting the unique habitats throughout the gardens and landscapes of Conner Prairie. Habitats provide homes for all living things, from the tiniest ant to the tallest tree. The exhibition Habitat explores the critical need for varied habitats, how interconnected and fragile they are, and what we can do to protect them. The experience showcases the unique habitats throughout the gardens and landscapes of Conner Prairie.

Habitat at Conner Prairie
Habitat at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie’s Annual Events:

The Headless Horseman

Conner Prairie’s annual Headless Horseman Festival is full of activities, shows and spooktacular family fun. Come face to face with the Headless Horseman as he chases you through the prairie grounds on a tractor-pulled hayride. Fly down the tubing hill for a spooky thrill. Discover what the future holds with readings from our fortune teller. Play classical games and take the little ones for a spin on our beloved barrel train.

2022 Dates:

The Headless Horseman festival will be held from October 6–30, 2022, on Thursdays through Sundays. This special event takes place after standard hours from 6-10 pm. 

The Apple Store stays open until 9 pm during the Headless Horseman Festival. 

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie
Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie

A Merry Prairie Holiday Festival

It’s the most magical time on the Prairie with over 500 holiday light vignettes, 1,046 acres for exploration and countless opportunities to step back in history with our storytellers. Step into our historic Prairietown to visit the Christmas Eve traditions of the 1800s, then head up to the North Pole Workshop to experience Santa and his elves. Celebrate the season with glittering lights, a polar bear plunge, festive rides, holiday treats and more during A Merry Prairie Holiday Festival.

2022 Dates:

Days: Nov. 25, 26, 27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 21-22
Hours: 5:30 – 9:30 pm

Conner Prairie Holiday Christmas in Indianapolis

Symphony on the Prairie

Symphony on the Prairie is a 40+ year tradition that takes space each summer at Conner Prairie Amphitheater. The lineup includes everything from classical symphony to rock and roll classics. Guests can pack a picnic and enjoy the music from the lawn, or opt for table service with a bartender and catered meal. 

Symphony on the Prairie
Symphony on the Prairie

Where is Conner Prairie Located?

Conner Prairie is located in Fisher, Indiana at 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038.

What are Conner Prairie’s Hours?

Conner Prairie’s standard hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Visit connerprairie.org to purchase tickets.  

Upcoming events at Conner Prarie:

Free Days at Conner Prairie

Below are the currently known free museum days for 2022. As we find out more, we will continue to update this page. 

Plus: Conner Prairie is proud to partner with other local museums to make family fun available to more Indiana families. Families that participate in any of the state assistance programs listed on their website can visit for just $2 per family member per visit at any time. Children under age two always receive free admission.

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Conner Prairie

Address: 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038
Phone: (317) 776-6000
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

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