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Holidays in Fort Harrison State Park
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Fort Harrison State Park featuring landscape views, a park and hiking or walking
This former US Army site is well-equipped for adventure all year round.

Fort Harrison State Park is named after the 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison, who began his political career in Indianapolis and is buried in the city cemetery. The former US Army base, known locally as Fort Ben, has now been recommissioned as a popular park providing a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities.

Covering 690 hectares of grassy slopes, wildflower meadows, woodland and streams, the park provides a selection of trails ranging in length from around 1.6 to 4 kilometres. Explore the area on foot for the best chance of spotting deer, beavers, squirrels, frogs and even turtles as you pass through the varied terrain. Alternatively, bring your bike to venture further afield on the network of paved roads, or follow the Harrison Trace Trail around Delaware Lake and past the duck pond, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a blue heron perched silently at the water’s edge.

Increase your horsepower with a trip to the Saddle Barns, where you can hire your own mount or take a ride in a haycart. Riding lessons are available for different levels of experience, so even if you’re a novice it’s an exciting option as well as an alternative way to explore the park.

Fishing at Fall Creek is another favourite pastime here. Permits can be picked up from the park office before you settle down to wait for the fish to take the bait. There’s also an 18-hole golf course at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn and Golf Resort where you can test your handicap.

The Museum of 20th Century Warfare reminds visitors of the origins of the park. This small but comprehensive collection of military artifacts is housed in former army buildings in the historic Camp Glenn area of the park, and has a particularly impressive collection of soldiers’ uniforms, as well as a scale model of the USS Indianapolis. Keen military historians should check the changing programme of temporary exhibitions before their visit.

Fort Harrison State Park is open all year round, but overnight camping is not permitted at any time. Admission to the museum is included in the park admission charge.

This former US Army site is well-equipped for adventure all year round.

Fort Harrison State Park is named after the 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison, who began his political career in Indianapolis and is buried in the city cemetery. The former US Army base, known locally as Fort Ben, has now been recommissioned as a popular park providing a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities.

Covering 690 hectares of grassy slopes, wildflower meadows, woodland and streams, the park provides a selection of trails ranging in length from around 1.6 to 4 kilometres. Explore the area on foot for the best chance of spotting deer, beavers, squirrels, frogs and even turtles as you pass through the varied terrain. Alternatively, bring your bike to venture further afield on the network of paved roads, or follow the Harrison Trace Trail around Delaware Lake and past the duck pond, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a blue heron perched silently at the water’s edge.

Increase your horsepower with a trip to the Saddle Barns, where you can hire your own mount or take a ride in a haycart. Riding lessons are available for different levels of experience, so even if you’re a novice it’s an exciting option as well as an alternative way to explore the park.

Fishing at Fall Creek is another favourite pastime here. Permits can be picked up from the park office before you settle down to wait for the fish to take the bait. There’s also an 18-hole golf course at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn and Golf Resort where you can test your handicap.

The Museum of 20th Century Warfare reminds visitors of the origins of the park. This small but comprehensive collection of military artefacts is housed in former army buildings in the historic Camp Glenn area of the park, and has a particularly impressive collection of soldiers’ uniforms, as well as a scale model of the USS Indianapolis. Keen military historians should check the changing programme of temporary exhibitions before their visit.

Fort Harrison State Park is open all year round, but overnight camping is not permitted at any time. Admission to the museum is included in the park admission charge.

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WoodSpring Suites Indianapolis Lawrence
WoodSpring Suites Indianapolis Lawrence
2.5 out of 5
9515 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, IN
The price is AU$121 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Post Road Recreation Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Harrison State Park and Fort Harrison ...
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Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis Northeast
Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis Northeast
2.5 out of 5
5755 N German Church Road, Indianapolis, IN
The price is AU$122 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated in Indianapolis, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Harrison State Park, Fort Harrison Golf Resort and Post Road Recreation Center. Geist Reservoir ...
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Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast
Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast
3 out of 5
8180 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN
The price is AU$164 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Castleton, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Community Hospital North, Castleton Square and Climb Time Indy. Fashion Mall at Keystone and Fort ...
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Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast
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Super 8 by Wyndham Indianapolis/NE/Castleton Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Indianapolis/NE/Castleton Area
2 out of 5
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Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis Northeast
Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis Northeast
2.5 out of 5
5755 N German Church Road, Indianapolis, IN
The price is AU$122 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
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WoodSpring Suites Indianapolis Lawrence
WoodSpring Suites Indianapolis Lawrence
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The price is AU$121 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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Hampton Inn Indianapolis-N.E./Castleton
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