Indiana State Fair Field Trips     

The Indiana State Fair Field Trips are an opportunity for Classroom and Home Educators to enhance curriculum by utilizing an educational experience that cannot be accomplished in the classroom setting.

New this year, educators will be able to create a unique self-guided field trip experience by selecting from participating exhibits at the Fair. Educators will be equipped with activities and ideas that can build upon the students’ exploration and interaction at the Indiana State Fair.

Indiana State Fair Field Trips Information

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The Indiana State Fair Field Trip Experience includes:

Designated Field Trip Dates and Times

  • Every weekday except Opening Day (August 4th) and Tuesdays (August 8th and 15th)

$4.00 Admission Fee (for registered students AND chaperones), Teachers are FREE

Minimum number for Field Trip Experience is 15 paid students, groups under will pay full gate price ($12 for ages 6 and above; children 5 and under FREE).

Fair Attractions & Grounds Map

Self-guided experience to cater the learning experience to YOUR classroom

Cross-Curricular Educational Opportunities (Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Fine Arts)

State Fair Experience (food stands and carnival rides available at participant’s cost)

Post-visit lesson plans to expand on the students’ experience at the Indiana State Fair


Pathway to Water Quality presented by Indiana American Water

Indiana History Train

Harvest Pavilion

DNR Building

Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building

Hook’s Historic Drugstore Museum

Purdue University Spay and Neuter Exhibit

Glass Barn presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers

Normandy Barn – Indiana Department of Agriculture Exhibit

Boy Scouts Base Camp

Girl Scouts Exhibit

Farm Bureau Building

Little Hands on the Farm presented by CollegeChoice 529

Wonder Trail presented by Indiana Farm Bureau

Pioneer Village

Party with the Animals (State Fair Livestock Barns)

Lunch Options

Schools are welcome to bring their own lunches onto the Fairgrounds. Lunch storage is available in the Family Fun Park.  A refrigeration truck is available to store lunches for participating school groups. You must deliver and pick up your lunches from the Family Fun Park at designated times, which you determine at registration.  If a lunch area is needed, picnic tables are located in the Family Fun Park and throughout the fairgrounds. Grass areas may also be utilized as lunch areas.


Parking is free to buses, marked school vehicles and chaperone vehicles immediately following the buses. Parking for buses is available in designated lots. Buses will enter the Transportation Gate 11 off 42nd street to drop off students and teachers and then will be directed to the bus parking area.  Any groups not entering with a bus or marked vehicle must pay parking at $5.00 per vehicle and meet Indiana State Fair Field Trip staff at Gate 12 for admittance into the Fairgrounds.