On the practically unending list of Greater Indianapolis attractions, the historical park known as Conner Prairie is unquestionably one of the most important. This living history museum in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, Indiana, attracts tens of thousands of guests every year. Visitors to Greater Indianapolis and local Hoosiers alike go to to Conner Prairie to immerse themselves in the fascinating and historic lifestyle of the strong people who lived in Central Indiana during the 1800s.
Below, Fun City Finder has gathered together a list of activities available at Conner Prairie during the 2011 summer. At the bottom of this page, you’ll also find tons of links to articles about the many fun things to do in Greater Indianapolis, all year round.
2011 Summer Schedule at Conner Prairie
|1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana – This 4.3 million dollar exhibit is new in 2011 at Conner Prairie. It’s a unique blend of 3-D technology and research into the lives of real people from that period that was so pivotal in the history of the United States. When the guest enters the exhibit, they receive “enlistment papers” to fight the Confederates. Recruits are gathered at the general store, and volunteers are urged to recreate surprise attacks, cut down trees, and bushwack the enemy. Your efforts mesh with real-time live re-enactments of authentic battles and engagements from the Civil War. This is Conner Prairie’s newest, and perhaps most ambitious, adventure.
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
|28th U.S. Colored Troops – Moving tributes, in Civil War story form, to the African-American regiment from Indiana.
July 9 & 10, 2011
|Base Ball – Civil War base ball was different than the baseball of today. Join a team and find out how.
June 25 & 26; July 30 & 31; August 27 & 28, 2011
|Cannon and Rifle Firing – Witness the 18th Indiana Light Artillery gun crew preparing and firing a real cannon. For $10, you can also get training on a real rifle from the Civil War period and then fire a blank round to experience what it feels like.
Cannon Firing: August 13 & 14; September 17 & 18; October 8 & 9, 2011
Rifle Firing: June 11, 12, 18 & 19; September 3, 4 & 24; October 29 & 30, 2011
|Cavalry – Learn about what it took to be in the cavalry in the Civil War from a Cavalry trooper and his horse.
September 24, 2011
|Civil War Era Crafts, Games and Medicine -See what people did during the historic Civil War period to entertain themselves and their children with games and crafts, and to solve medical problems on the field and off.
Crafts: August 6 & 7; October 22 & 23, 2011
Games: July 2 – 4, 30 & 31; October 15 & 16, 2011
|Country Fair – Experience a real live country fair, just the way they did them in the 1800s. Tractor parades, sack races, and lots of other activies.
September 17, 2011; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; September 18, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; kids 2 – 12, $9; members and kids under 2, free
|Glorious Fourth – Conner Prarie, for many, is the place to go for an unforgettable July 4th holiday. Get out and enjoy such down-home, patriotic fun as barn dancing, parades, scavenger hunts through Prairietown, and patriotic feasting.
July 2 – 4, 2011
|Prairie Tykes – Created just for the little kids in your group, this special collection of activities offers crafts, singing, dancing and interacting.
Select Fridays throughout the summer, 2011; 9:30 – 11:00 am; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Tickets: $12; Members $11 (accompanying adult, free)
|Symphony on the Prairie – Don’t miss this fabulous series of inspiring outdoor concerts all summer long.
Selected dates from June 25 through September 4, 2011
Tickets: $11 – $30
|Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps – Wyoming’s “Musical Ambassadors” run through their amazing routines in preparation for the Drum Corps International World Championships.
June 11, 2011; 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Free with the price of General Admission
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park general admission:
Adults, $14; Youth 2 – 12, $9; Children under 2 and members, free