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Hands-On Fun at Falls of the Ohio State Park

Last year I visited Falls of the Ohio State Park in Southern Indiana. It was a great visit, but I knew I had to go back because the interpretive center was undergoing a renovation and thank goodness, I had the opportunity to visit again this year. I’m really glad I did.IMG_1045

Before I dive into the interpretive center, let me tell you a little history about the place.

  • The park consists of fossil beds that are 390 million years old!
  • The “Falls” was originally a series of rapids allowing the Ohio River to drop 26 feet over a distance of two and a half miles.
  • Today much of the original falls have been flooded behind a dam.
  • Meriwether Lewis met William Clark at the Falls of the Ohio on October 26, 1803 with nine additional men to explore the Louisiana Purchase in 1804.

All of the above and more is included in the interpretive center exhibits. And it all starts at the beginning … with a mastodon of course!IMG_1030Once you enter the actual exhibits, the hands on exhibits are everywhere (perfect for my daughter!).IMG_1035IMG_1039 IMG_1038 IMG_1036 IMG_1042And I even took time learning a few things myself!IMG_1041Once we meandered around the inside, it was time to hit the outside fossil bed area. We didn’t venture out as far as my daughter would have liked but we did get to do some exploring …IMG_1043 IMG_1051A great visit to learn more about not only the history of the area, but all of Indiana as well.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.