Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie, Fishers: Hours, Address, Conner Prairie Reviews: 4.5/5

Conner Prairie
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A Smithsonian Affiliated Museum, that uses innovative ways to present History, Nature, Art, and Science.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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James K
125 contributions
Great activity with or without kids
Aug 2021
It's not quite the "Williamsburg" of the mid-west, but it comes close. While kids would certainly enjoy this place, my wife and I had a pleasant time on a day most kids were in school. The hot air balloon ride was lots of fun, and visiting the Conner Home was interesting and a good history lesson. Although we live in the mid-west, like most people, we didn't know much about the history of the area in the early 1800's, so appreciated catching up, particularly on the collision of settlers and native Americans. There were numerous staff and volunteers at almost every stop that were very knowledgeable. Some stayed in character during the discussion (this was actually a little irritating), but some were willing just to have a helpful conversation about the history or exhibit. The food at the little café was really delicious.
Written August 20, 2021
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L4y
Magnolia, DE50 contributions
Enjoy A Step back in Time.
Aug 2021
A living history museum is the best description. Having never heard of the place; we were recommended to stop by. It was a great idea. Many of the staff dress up as individuals of the current era of Indianapolis history. It was interesting learning about things; while having a conversation without referencing things of the current era. The view from the Connor house was beautiful and in the fall, I would suspect it would be stunning. There is much to do or look at; so, plan at least a couple of hours. For very young kids, the entrance building has things for them to do; but, if you like history...explore and enjoy the eras of the past.
Written August 2, 2021
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TimNHolly
Spencer, IN61 contributions
Fun day for family outing
Jul 2021 • Family
There are a lot of buildings and area to visit and we didn't have time to see them all. The S.T.E.M. activity area for kids in the Welcome Center was fun too. The period characters and park staff were all friendly and informative. "Mr Whitaker" at the Store in Prairetown was excellent! We would have enjoyed more characters (we certainly missed having a school teacher) and more hands-on, make & take activities for the kids would be great. Our 8 and 10 year olds did the handmade paper and liked it. They had a great day.
Written July 11, 2021
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Linda B
Pensacola, FL52 contributions
Always a delight to visit Conner Prairie!
Jun 2021
I have loved visiting Conner Prairie ever since I went on a field trip MANY years ago in 4th grade. I love talking to the period townspeople. Observing the trades like blacksmithing, carpentry and pottery are always a highlight. The non-costumed volunteers offer a bevy of information as well. I especially enjoyed the loom room and meeting one of the youth spinners! I so wish I lived closer and could become a member!
Written June 15, 2021
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lynnridge
Fishers, IN173 contributions
Always Learn Something New
Apr 2021 • Family
Chaperoned a field trip recently. Always walk away learning something new from Conner Prairie. Highly recommend.
Written April 24, 2021
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Tiffany M
Indianapolis, IN10 contributions
Super living museum of 1800s life
Apr 2021 • Family
A sprawling living museum made possible by Eli Lilly, Connor Prairie gives an interesting glimpse into life around the Civil War time in Indiana. They have many buildings across the property, many of which have been moved onto the property from other parts of Indiana for viewing.

We went on a homeschool day and it was well visited. There were many demonstrations going on to teach visitors about rope making, pottery, animals, and more.

Super interesting and well laid out. Even with COVID restrictions, almost everything was open. The balloon rides are only possible in no or low wind.

We really enjoyed the Indian grounds and the White River overlook. What a beautiful property!
Written April 9, 2021
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Hank H
Virginia412 contributions
Must See: Williamsburg of the Midwest
Oct 2020 • Couples
On a driving trip from Virginia to Missouri, my wife and I looked for interesting sites to visit along the way, found Conner Prairie, and are so glad we stopped here. Much like Williamsburg Virginia, this place is an outdoor extravaganza of period structures staffed by actors in costume who will talk with you in character and answer your questions about life in 1836.

October is the perfect month to visit since there is also a wonderfully designed Corn Maze which will challenge you even with a map. Nothing better than hearing the sound of corn stalks swaying in the breeze, while walking in crisp air under a deep blue sky. Come back at night, if you dare, and walk-through with a headless-horseman and other frights all around you.

Admission price is reasonable and there are plenty of outdoor exhibits to keep you busy for the five hours this place is open, even with COVID protocols fully in place. Our favorite site was the Delaware Indian Village/Trading Post staffed by a real Delaware Chief. If you catch him early in the day and the crowd is thin, he will educate you on many aspects of Indian life. His Trader colleague is also very much the real-deal, and will paint you a rich picture of life on the Frontier as a trader in many goods, not just animal skins. We lost track of time talking with these two fine men and could easily have shared a brewski and kept talking all day long if we were allowed to do so. We are grateful to them both for generously sharing their collective knowledge/experiences.

Food can be ordered from the on-site cafe and the chicken salad is highly recommended.

TIPS:

-Arrive early and be sure to obtain verbal clarity regarding admission to the corn maze, since the website explanation of this option is confusing.

-Finally, there is no better place to spend the night than the Prairie Guest House/B&B across the road. Several of their rooms are big enough to host families with children and the breakfasts are incredible.

Written October 2, 2020
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lynnridge
Fishers, IN173 contributions
Fun Place to Explore
Sep 2020 • Family
Our family of 4 enjoyed an early evening exploring the grounds at Conner Prairie. We live nearly and have a membership. Our girls (9) and (6) enjoyed seeing the farm animals, exploring the treehouse and playing on the new playground equipment. There is a lot to explore if it’s your first time. Plan for several hours and pack a lunch.
Written September 16, 2020
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Becky D
2 contributions
Disappointing Experience
Sep 2020
I had planned this in advance and expected so much more. What they don't announce is that you are not allowed to go in most of the buildings right now. The balloon was not going and that was the main reason i was so interested in coming here. There is no way people should be getting charged full price for what is less than half of the experience. Perhaps in different times (not covid) this is a great tourist attraction, but i left very disappointed.
Written September 8, 2020
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Julie
2 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2020
My adult daughter and I attended Connor Prairie for the first time this past week. We had heard great things and had high expectations, but were very disappointed. Unfortunately most of the building were closed, but this was not reflected in the price or told to us before purchasing tickets. We could peer into some of the buildings, but there was no signage to explain what we were seeing. We did see a scattering of costumed employees, but assumed their numbers were way down. We planned on spending at least three hours at museum, but struggled to spend 1 1/2 hour.
Written August 16, 2020
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