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History Comes to Life at Conner Prairie

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Conner Prairie is a unique and historical gem located Fishers, IN.  As weather gets warmer this living historical museum comes to life.  This museum is the kind that kids will sure to remember for years to come! While most trips to museums you are instructed to  “look, don’t touch”  at Conner Prairie it is quite the opposite. You are encouraged to “look, touch, smell, taste and hear.” The venue offers five themed historic areas on 200 beautiful, wooded acres. In addition, throughout the summer Conner Praire offers several events and concerts.

You’ll be surprised to discover just how much you can do at Conner Prairie.  During the days from April through October you can enjoy and learn about life as a pioneer in Prairietown. Actors immerse themselves into characters bringing the past into reality. Guest are encouraged to interact and help with chores as you mingle through town.

Come out to visit the Animal Encounters Barn where you can get up close with the barnyard animals. Another favorite activity is candle dipping, which is something I remember doing while visiting as a little kid.

After discovering life for a pioneer you can make a stop at Lenape Indian Camp where guests can throw tomahawks at an Indian trading post and learn about the Lenape or Delaware Indians. After all that you are invited to the 1859 Balloon Voyage.  Where you experience the thrill of floating 350 feet above Conner Prairie’s landscape in a tethered helium-filled balloon. Perfect event for the entire family to enjoy. !

If that’s not enough already! Conner Prairie now offers its  newest historic area, 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana, which opens to the public in June 2011. Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather while learning some great American History.
Photo Credit: Smithsonian.com

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