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MLK day brings deals at Indiana attractions

Monday, January 17 is the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In honor of the occasion, several attractions in Indiana are offering free admission or other discounts.

Indianapolis area

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park – This free public day honors King’s commitment to community and education by offering tours of the Conner Homestead, a sneak peak of the new 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana, and stories about the 28th Regiment United States Colored Troops. 10am-5pm.

White River State Park – Several venues at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis will be offering free admission and activities in exchange for a donation of non-perishable canned goods (one per person per attraction) to benefit Gleaners Food Bank:

  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • IMAX Theater (screeing SeaRex: Journey to a Prehistoric World)
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
  • Indiana State Museum
  • Eiteljorg Museum
  • Victory Field – Free indoor health screenings from 10am-2pm and autographs by Rowdie from 11am-1pm

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Open 10am to 3pm

Indiana’s National Parks – MLK Day weekend (January 15-17)  is one of several fee-free days at the three national park sites in Indiana:

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Porter, IN
  • George Rogers Clark Historical Park – Vincennes, IN
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Lincoln City, IN


Wayne County Historical Museum – See an Egyptian mummy, explore the Star-Gennett jazz collection, view Native American artifacts and check out early-era Richmond-made automobiles.  9am-4pm

Fort Wayne

African-American Historical Museum – A reduced fee of $1/person will get you access to this museum that looks at the African-American experience including inventors, politicians, music, sports and the Underground Railroad.

If you know of other free or discounted events/attractions in Indiana on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please leave the information in the comments section.

Lake Station (near Crown Point)

Bellaboo’s Children’s Play and Discovery Centerwill host “Dreamcicles,” a special event honoring Dr. King. The celebration includes activities inside and outside.  Pack your snow pants, hat, gloves and imagination – snow painting, snow building, and exploring will be happening outside.  Culturally diverse art, stories, songs and games will help keep kids toasty inside.

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