Is there an additional fee to experience the 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana?
No. The cost is part of Conner Prairie’s daily general admission and is free to members. Admission rates are $15 adults, $14 seniors (65+), $10 youth (ages 2-12), Free for members and youth under 2. Group admission (10 guests or more): $11 adults, $7 youth (ages 2-12).
What are your hours?
March 27 – April 13 & May 1-November 2: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 17-30; Thursday-Sunday: 10 a.m - 5 p.m.
Open Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day
Closed November - March 27
Is 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana open year round?
No. It is open from April-October 31. The water play area is open from May 24 through Labor Day, weather permitting.
Is the experience suitable for young children?
The experience has something for every age and interest from the self-led journey about Morgan’s Raid on Indiana to a family play area designed for children ages 2 to 10, including an indoor climbing area and outdoor water play area.
However, in select areas, 1863 Civil War Journey utilizes strobe lights, loud noises and images of war that may not be suitable for young children.
What should children wear in the water play area?
Swimwear is not acceptable in the water play area; guests may bring additional dry clothing and towels as needed. Family restrooms are available in the River Crossing Play Area. Children who are not toilet-trained are required to wear a swim diaper covered by rubber pants with tight-fitting elastic at the waist and legs. Any child who has had diarrhea within the last 2 weeks is not permitted to enter the water play area.
How many people can the new experience accommodate?
The experience has many components and can accommodate approximately 1200-1500 people each day.
How long does it take to go through the entire experience?
The self-led journey about Morgan’s Raid on Indiana takes approximately 45-60 minutes. There are also several other self-directed experiences and total time depends on the guest’s desired pace. There may be a wait to enter certain areas on busy days.
Is there a recommended route to follow?
Yes. The recommended tour route begins at the Mayfield and Nichols Dry Goods Store via the Covered Bridge.
Is the experience handicap accessible?
Yes, the main experience components are handicap accessible.
Is tram service available to the Civil War Journey experience area?
Yes. The tram runs approximately every 10-15 minutes between the 1859 Balloon Voyage and the Civil War Journey area (behind the Mayfield and Nichols Dry Goods Store).
Are food and drinks available for purchase in the Civil War Journey area?
Vending machines can be found at the River Crossing Play Area at The Depot.
How much square footage does the experience cover?
The experience covers 8,880 square feet in an outdoor setting with several buildings.
Is the 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana a permanent experience?
This experience is located in an area that depicts a new time period approximately every 5 years. If demand warrants, the life of the experience can be extended.
Is the experience based on a true story?
Yes. It is based on the true story of how Hoosiers responded to Morgan’s 1863 raid into Indiana. Each of the main characters in the experience are based on real people who lived in Indiana during the Civil War when Morgan’s Raiders invaded the state.
How does this project fit the vision of Conner Prairie?
Guided by its mission to stimulate curiosity about the history of Indiana in ways that are interesting and unique, Conner Prairie is grounded in innovation and continuously evolving its outdoor and indoor experiences to engage guests of all ages and learning styles. The implementation of this new experience is the second step in its strategic master plan. The first step was the implementation of 1859 Balloon Voyage the summer of 2009.