The Midwest Outdoor Expo Is Now Open!

//The Midwest Outdoor Expo Is Now Open!

We came thru the South Entrance at Lucas Oil Stadium last night and… it was quiet. The lights were dimmed. Not the bustling activity we’re used to from weekends past during Colts games but vendors quietly coming in and out with trolleys, boxes and signs in tow.

And then we went up the ramp into the heart of the stadium and found it – the Midwest Outdoor Expo – with rows of RVs and boats, a tiny homes village, a rock wall and more.


The Midwest Outdoor Expo kicks off its inaugural run at Lucas Oil Stadium today, March 24th, and stretches until Sunday, March 26th. It has a true expo-type feel with informational booths lining the outer ring of the stadium – everything from travel spots for the family to fishing organizations to my personal loves at the Indiana State Parks {located right inside the front door of the Main Entrance – tell Shelly and Kim I sent you!}.

Down on the stadium field {and not to worry Colts fans, the turf is protected by a temporary floor} you’ll find a small cluster of vintage RVs, the Tiny Hometown attraction – can you live in 320 square feet? – rock wall, boats and various demonstrations.

Along the West Wing is a definite stop for families and includes a huge lineup of inflatables including an American Ninja Warrior-style one named “The Big Baller.” I credit this for the kids going to bed so easily last night.




Finally, hit the South parking lot and you’ll find a zipline, stunt jump activity, iceless skate ring and… the big kahuna: Two hot air balloons. Weather did not permit us to try the rides but Emerson did get ahold of the burner cord and lit it up.








If you’re looking for a way to kick off your summer travel or outdoor recreation plans, this will be a great spot to start. And sources tell us {okay it was Gina, the Marketing Director for the Midwest Outdoor Expo} that this new event is already poised to return.


MORE INFO: The Midwest Outdoor Expo runs Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26, 2017. It is located at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are $14/adults, $5/children ages 4-15 and FREE for ages 0-2. Buy online using promo code MOE2017 and save $2 off! For more details, visit

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