Before the base was decommissioned back in 1991, there were several amenities for the officers, including officer lodging, an officers’ club, and an 18-hole, Scottish style golf course. The officer housing has been converted to an inn—The Fort Golf Course Resort—that makes this the only public golf course in Indianapolis to offer onsite lodging. The course itself was redesigned after the fort’s closure by noted golf course designer (and native Hoosier) Pete Dye.
Of course, golf isn’t for everyone, so you may be more interested in attending any of the numerous fun runs, concert series, and events hosted at the park. If you enjoy fishing, the park’s ponds are stocked. Horse riding enthusiasts can contact the park’s Saddle Barn for information on rentals, trail riding, and lessons.
There is an annual event—the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience—that is definitely worth checking out. This year’s event is On June 10th and 11th, between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm, Fort Ben is hosting Indiana’s “largest interactive outdoor recreation event.” Rain or shine, there will be over 50 different hands-on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and classes. Here is a link to a list of the experiences and activities. Also worth noting is that admission is free (but you should register here to help for accuracy in planning). You are welcome to park at my office and wallk in – the park is closed to cars for this event.
There is certainly more that can be said about our favorite neighbor—we didn’t even touch on the abundance of natural beauty—but hopefully this helps give you a little insight into Indy’s best kept secret. You don’t have to take our word for it, though, plan your own visit to Fort Ben and see for yourself exactly what the park has to offer!