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Located 30 miles northeast of downtown, this restored 19th-century village faithfully reproduces pioneer life between 1820 and 1840, as well as recreating life during the Civil War (in a separate section). There's a working farm, with animal encounters, a tethered balloon ride (for an extra charge), and re-enactments of all sorts that visitors can take part in. Kids can blow off steam in the relatively new "Fort Hoosier", a treehouse/fort with climbing walls and hidden tunnels; and in the Makesmith Workshop, where they're encouraged to try a wide assortment of crafts. This outdoor museum is Indiana's first Smithsonian affiliate.