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Fort Harrison State Park Indianapolis

Where is it at?

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Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N. Post Road
Indianapolis
IN
46216
Tel: 317 591 0904

Directions

Do not use computer mapping directions with their mailing address. It will land you in the wrong place! The gatehouse and correct entrance is located at 59th St. and Post Rd.

Where are we going today?

If you think that taking the family to the park is a summer activity, think again! Fort Harrison State Park in Indiana is perfect for those outdoor adventures, no matter what time of year!

Did you know that winter is actually a really popular time to visit, because the park has one of the biggest sledding hills in the area? Pretty cool!

During spring you can get those walking shoes out, and stroll with the family through the woodland wildflowers that will be in bloom across the entire park.

Get those hats for summer as you enjoy a canoe trip down Fall Creek, which runs from the north side of Fort Harrison State Park. What a great way to keep cool!

Then those leaves are waiting to be crunched during Fall, with those beautiful colors and warm, sunny days. In fact, the state park is the last forested corner left in Marion County!

All 1,700 acres are ready to be enjoyed, whether you are a family of joggers, fishers, hikers, or picnickers!

If that wasn't enough, Fort Harrison State Park isn't just outdoor adventure. There is history waiting to be explored too! The park has a Museum of 20th Century Warfare featuring exhibits on the lives and history of the soldiers that once marched through the grounds. There is also a preserved former Citizen's Military Training Camp.

One of the hidden gems in Indiana, Fort Harrison State Park gives you that nature filled experience kids will just love!

So grab those hats and those shoes, and let's go!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFees from $2 pp / $9 vehicles
  • ChildrenFees from $2
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Park during sunlight hours. Museum opens 10am Tues - Sun

Museum by appt only Tues and Wed. Park open all year round.

Teachers corner

Give them a call about the programs and resources they have to give your students a historical day out!.

I'm Hungry!

There is an Inn Restaurant within the park, so why not have a tasty lunch there!.

Healthy Eating!

Take plenty of water, and you can bring your own healthy picnic lunch to enjoy in their picnic areas.

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for the battle demonstrations that happen 6 times a year.

Doing our bit

They love to keep the park clean for future families, so help them out by following any regulations, and taking any trash of yours with you when you leave.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the trails, and the other attractions in the park.

More information

Horse riding in available within the park too!.

What people are saying?

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    awesome place! great for family!!

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    While this park may be good for your average hiker, cyclist or horseback rider, it is terrible for fisherman. Park hours are not flexible enough for optimal fishing as you cannot get into the park until after sunrise, and they start herding you towards the gate like cattle right as night falls, when the best fishing occurs, especially for catfish and trout.

    The DNR at the park are extremely nosy, I was checked for my licence 5 TIMES in 1 hour while attempting to fish. I drew no attention to myself, caught no fish and on top of that, only had one...Read More

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    Love this place

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    My entire family loves it here. We will spend hours: grilling, hiking, looking for frogs, fish and turtles in the water. Several playgrounds, ponies. Endless fun!

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    Awesome, clean park

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by Camo Babe

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While this park may be good for your average hiker, cyclist or horseback rider, it is terrible for fisherman. Park hours are not flexible enough for optimal fishing as you cannot get into the park until after sunrise, and they start herding you towards the gate like cattle right as night falls, when the best fishing occurs, especially for catfish and trout.

The DNR at the park are extremely nosy, I was checked for my licence 5 TIMES in 1 hour while attempting to fish. I drew no attention to myself, caught no fish and on top of that, only had one pole in the water. The harassment and inconvenience was not worth paying money to get into fish. If you are a serious angler, I advise you to stay away and head to a park run by people who actually care about fisherman and want you to fish and spend money. This place does not want you fishing there.

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