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Venture into the Past at Conner Prairie

A unique Civil War experience, plus animals and a hot air balloon ride.

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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, White River Campground, Indiana Transportation Museum, Nickel Plate Bar & Grill
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Allow 2-3 days.

Open the door into Indiana's fascinating history. Take an adventure into the past that is educational and fun for the entire family.

The past has never felt so close
Step back in time at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park  for a day of discovery. Explore five themed historic areas on 200 wooded acres and interact with Indiana settlers and Native Americans from the 1800s. Take flight on the 1859 Balloon Voyage, soaring 350 feet into the air in a hot air balloon tethered to the ground! Don't miss Animal Encounters, where you get up close with farm friends, including calves, lambs, goats and newly hatched chicks. On October weekends, prepare to be scared silly as the Headless Horseman makes his appearance, just as he did in Sleepy Hollow.

Make an advance reservation for one of Conner Prairie's one-of-kind events. Take in an outdoor concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during Marsh Symphony on the Prairie . During the 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana , step into the southern Indiana town of Dupont and be part of the northern homefront after a Confederate raid. Experience the life of a fugitive slave on the Underground Railroad at Follow the North Star , a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning interactive event.

Make the present day a little sweeter
Cool off after a day on the prairie with Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt   in Fishers. Flavors like Raspberry Cheesecake Chunk, Deep Dish Apple Pie and Chocolate Cake Batter are made fresh daily for a smooth and creamy texture. Enjoy the great outdoors and stay the night at White River Campground  in nearby Cicero. Hike or boat your way around 26 acres of beautiful terrain, spot wildlife and settle in for a day of fishing.

Spend a day at the Indiana Transportation Museum  discovering the American train tradition. View more than 100 pieces of classic railroad equipment and step into idyllic Hobbs Station. Take an exciting train ride across the White River and through historic Hamilton County sites, including the 1876 French Renaissance-style Noblesville courthouse. After hopping off the train in Fishers, satisfy your hunger with a juicy, traditional Indiana tenderloin or a bison burger at Nickel Plate Bar & Grill  . For starters, try their deep fried Mac and Cheese Wedges, a favorite of kids and adults alike!

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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
800.966.1836 | connerprairie.org
Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
317.585.8065 | handelsicecream.com
White River Campground
317.984.2705 | myhamiltoncountyparks.com
Indiana Transportation Museum
317.773.6000 | itm.org
Nickel Plate Bar & Grill
317.841.2888 | nickelplatebarandgrill.com
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