I LOVE the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. This year’s event is September 17-18 at Fort Harrison State Park, and you need to put it on your family calendar right now! It’s two full days of FREE fall fun but it is more than that.
The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is also our family’s chance to try activities we don’t get to do often – or might not ever try in our whole lives. We’re suburban slickers, but in the past two years – thanks to the Hoosier Outdoor Experience – we have tried skeet shooting, shot a bow and arrow, used a pellet gun, rode in an UTV and taken a 30-minute family horseback ride.
Including the fun stuff I just mentioned, there are 50 activities scheduled for this year’s event, including fly fishing, hay rides, disc golf, panning for gold and tiny tots mini-bike rides. Other reasons to go:
- The great outdoors literally offers something for all ages. I have taken my kids, nieces, nephews and parents, so that’s an age range of eight to 70 years old. Each year, we have found something (or several somethings) that everyone enjoyed.
- You get to do so many activities for FREE. Let’s be real, we’re in a tough economy and getting the whole family out for a day-long activity is costly. You can’t go to Chucky Cheese, a water park or gaming facility, stay all day and try 50 activities for free.
- You get to use real equipment. They have the shotguns, the bikes, the fishing poles, the boats – everything you need to really try out an activity.
- You are guided by the pros. Each area has experienced people on hand to teach you about their interest. They’ll show you exactly how to use the equipment correctly, tell you places in Indiana where you can enjoy different activities, discuss safety and more.
- It’s a great way to get your tween, teen or gamer away from a screen. It might take some convincing, but once they are there they can’t help but have fun. They might even thank you. OK, that’s crazy talk, but you might catch a smile when they realize they can hit a real target instead of a virtual one.
A few tips before you head out for the day: 1) Wear comfortable shoes. They have a great bus and trolley system set up, but you still may have to walk a bit and 2) Food is available for purchase, but throw some snacks and water in a carry-on bag to enjoy during the day.
Don’t miss this annual event. It’s something your family will be talking about all year.
What special family events does your family look forward to each year?