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Field Trip Fun Itinerary in Hamilton County, Indiana

Edu-tainment getaways are perfect for families that have a bit more flexibility with schedules due to e-learning or virtual learning. If you’re looking for a break from screen time, look no further than Hamilton County, Indiana – just north of Indy. You’re in the driver’s seat for this itinerary. With hotel deals and other special offers, you can enjoy fall open-air experiences, picnics and memorable moments you’ll cherish.

Select a comfortable hotel for your stay, like hotels with pools or pet-friendly accommodations.

Things to Do:

  • From science to history, Conner Prairie is a fun one-stop learning experience.
  • Don’t forget art class. Enjoy safe, hands-on fun at one of many kid-friendly locations.
  • Read literature and poems from Midwest authors at the pop-up exhibit, Reflections on the Riverwalk.
  • Immerse yourself in the history of hundreds of years of indigenous peoples at Strawtown Koteewi Park.

Day 1

Travel back in time with a full autumn day outdoors at Conner Prairie, an interactive history museum. Learn about early settlement life, nature and science in this 1,000-acre wonderland. From Native American cultures to early transportation, this nationally-recognized outdoor experience makes learning fun. Picnic foods are available on-site so you can take a break, rest your feet and talk about your experiences.

Insider Tip: if weather permits, ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage 350 feet into the air for the best views of fall foliage and the corn maze.

It takes a full day to enjoy Conner Prairie, so kick back and enjoy specialty pizza at a local restaurant like Passione in Fishers – and don't skip gelato.

Day 2

Kick-off the day with a hearty breakfast menu at The Roost in Fishers.

Create jewelry, spin pottery, take an art class or simply draw a picture at Ignite Art Studio in Fishers.

Enjoy a great meal at one of the many new restaurants in the Fishers District. Some of the more popular places include HC Tavern, Sun King Brewery and Sangiovese Ristorante.

Time for English class by the river. The Riverwalk features an autumn pop-up exhibit, Reflections by the River, where you can stroll and enjoy the sunshine while reading quotes from famous Midwest authors, with guided learning questions to create lasting conversations.

Who doesn’t love a fall afternoon? Head up to the 750-acre Strawtown Koteewi Park for lessons in local Native American history and archaeology. See structures that once stood on this land and learn about centuries of indigenous settlements there, walk along the White River, ride a horse at K-Trails Equestrian Adventures or simply take in the beauty of the restored prairie.

School is out for the day, and now it’s time to enjoy a large plate of delicious pasta at DeLullo’s Trattoria in Cicero and walk to Morse Reservoir for ice cream at Alexander’s on the Water, followed by a sunset stroll along the causeway for incredible waterside views.

Day 3

Visit any of the several farm markets in the morning. There is plenty of farm-fresh foods to try and buy. Carmel has one of the largest farm markets in the county.

For a final history lesson, head to Westfield, once settled by Quaker families and a central stopping point on the Underground Railroad. Walkthrough Asa Bales Park to understand how important this community was to African Americans fleeing slavery in the south.

If you need one more snack before you go, pop into Cone + Crumb for a piece of “slab pie.”


Want all the options? The list below includes all the fun things mentioned above.

 

Conner Prairie

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in Central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As...

Passione

Located in the city of Fishers, the owner truly shows his passion for pizza and bread by offering absolute sublime taste of authentic...

Books & Brews Carmel

Used bookstore-themed taproom with beer, cider, wine, local coffee and kombucha, and a full food menu. Games, trivia nights, bingo, and...

Books & Brews Noblesville

We love books, beer, and people. At Books & Brews we’re passionate about disconnecting people from technology and reconnecting them...

The Roost

Open since 1996, The Roost is Fishers’ favorite breakfast café. Our staff at The Roost makes sure you start your day off right with...

Ignite Art Studio

Ignite Art Studio at the Hamilton East Public Library seeks to be three things: - A Place to Discover: Explore new and old ideas about...

Kiln Creations

This unique pottery painting studio allows anyone, adults and children, artists and non-artists, to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art...

Caravan Classes

Specializing in Mobile & Studio art experiences. Offering art classes, parties & events in our Noblesville Studio and Mobile Vintage...

Ginger's Cafe

Ginger's Cafe brings back the style and personality of the past with fantastic food and amazing service. The eclectic deco furnishings...

Strawtown Koteewi Park

Strawtown Koteewi Park is a must-see for any history buff with the archaeological activity in recent years. This 750-acre park also...

K-Trails Equestrian Adventures

Experience the beauty and nature of Strawtown Koteewi Park while on horseback. No experience is necessary for taking one of our guided...

DeLullo's Trattoria

Casual dining atmosphere specializing in homemade, hearty Italian cuisine. Seasonal ingredients from Wild Feather Farm including maple...

Alexander's on the Water

The restaurant is set just off beautiful Morse Reservoir. Alexander's on the Water is a seasonal shop, open March through October. It...

Spencer Farm

A you-pick farm offering strawberries, grapes, pumpkins, blueberries, red and black raspberries and you-dig mums. Fresh locally grown...

Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch

Russell Farms, Noblesville's destination for family agri-tainment! Enjoy a trip out to the country to learn all about agriculture and...

Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill

Whether you’re looking for Indiana’s tastiest apples and cider, or simply a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of...

Asa Bales Park

In the heart of Westfield, Asa Bales is a 13 acre park that can be accessed from Hoover Street with parking available at 200 Camilla...

Cone + Crumb

Handmade and locally-inspired ice cream and desserts located on Park Street in downtown Westfield.


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