The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience
Free wifi at the event!
Look for "Hoosier Outdoor Experience" in the list of available networks on your smartphone or tablet. Once connected, a special Web page (www.hot-spotwifi.com/landing-pagecap3.html) will display in your browser. No password required, but the connection will time out after 15 minutes and you will need to reconnect.
WHAT: Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience.
WHERE: Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis.
WHEN: June 10-11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is Indiana’s largest, interactive outdoor recreation event. It features more than 50 hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and classes from partner organizations, designed to excite families and visitors about outdoor recreation. View the full list of activities.
Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to register to help organizers plan accordingly. This event takes place rain or shine.
The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with thanks to title sponsor, Central Indiana Ford Dealers. Other sponsors include Indiana State Parks, Indiana Hunter Education Association, Friends of NRA, Braun’s Fun Time Campers, Workwear USA, National Wild Turkey Federation, Indiana American Water and U.S. Foods.
Getting to the event
Fort Harrison State Park is closed to through vehicle traffic. The main gate at North Post Road and 59th Street is closed to pedestrians.
Park free at the south lot of the Maj. Gen. E.J. Bean Federal Center (see map). Buses shuttle visitors to a welcome center inside the park. Strollers are allowed on the buses. If using GPS, enter your destination as the intersection of E. 56th Street and Post Road.
Walk or bike
Walk-in entrances are available at Glenn Road and Boy Scout Road. No bikes are allowed through these entrances, but both have bike parking available.
If you park in the lot of the Maj. Gen. E.J. Bean Federal Center, cross 56th Street at Herbert Lord Road and follow the signs for 0.5 miles to the Glenn Road Entrance.
Those walking and biking from Lawrence area can travel west on the multi-use trail located on the north side of 56th Street and later sidewalks before turning right onto Glenn Road. Bike racks are available at Glenn Road.
Pedestrians and cyclists can use the Fall Creek Trail. From there, cross Boy Scout Road at the crosswalk, turn right, and follow the sidewalk across the bridge to the Boy Scout Road entrance. Secure bike parking will be provided by Pedal & Park at this entrance from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
IndyGo Route 4 will provide transportation to the event on Saturday ONLY.
If you have a disability and need special accommodations, please contact our parking staff when arriving. There is an accessible bus for the event. Do not park in the accessible parking lot unless you need this service.
Inside the event
Prepare to walk
The experience is walk-centric event with limited trolley transportation inside. Wear good walking shoes. Almost all of the activities are within one mile of each other. Walking is particularly encouraged between Schafter Picnic Area and Delaware Lake, as this is about 15 minute or .5 mile walk on the paved path. Trolleys will operate on a one-way route and only pick-up or drop-off at designated stops. There may be long lines because a route lap may take up to an hour.
Food is available for purchase in all three areas of the event. Items for sale will include sandwiches, sides, snacks, beverages, and desserts. Some vendors take credit card and all take cash. Visitors are allowed to bring in their own food. Picnics tables, trash cans, hand washing areas and drinking water are available throughout the event.
Prepare to be outside
Wear sunscreen and insect repellent. You may also wish to bring:
- water bottle
- cash and/or credit card for food
We recommend umbrella or lightweight, foldable strollers that are easier to load on buses and trolleys.
Not allowed at the event
- personal vehicles
- alcoholic beverages