Things to Do In Fort Wayne, Indiana

It feels like this winter has been the longest. winter. EVER!  Our kids were originally scheduled to get out of school this Friday, but thanks to lots of snow days, we’re going til June 5th.  Needless to say, we’re looking forward to summer like you can’t believe!

Our summer plans originally included lots of travel since one of our daughters plays travel basketball, however a broken hand has left her unable to play basketball for the summer and instead of traveling, we are planning to take advantage of everything Fort Wayne has to offer!

Many of you may be feeling the pinch of budget constraints or time constraints, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo vacation altogether.  Consider a staycation in your hometown or a nearby town! I’ve teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to bring you Staycation fun across the US!

Since I live right outside of Fort Wayne, I thought I’d share all that the Fort (also called Fort Fun) has to offer!

About Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second-largest city and home to over 250,000 residents. Fort Wayne has won the All American City Award three times and is consistently sited for their high quality of life, low cost of living and warm Hoosier Hospitality.

Things to Do in Fort Wayne

DeBrand Chocolate Tour

I figured I’d start this list off with one of the sweetest things in Fort Wayne…DeBrand Fine Chocolates! Just thinking about DeBrand makes my mouth water!  They have the best chocolate in the world (I’m serious).  These chocolates are enjoyed by celebrities worldwide (and they’re made right here in Fort Wayne)!  For only $5 per person, you can take a tour of the DeBrand Corporate Headquarters where you’ll see their chocolatiers in action!  You’ll watch a short video of the history of DeBrand and then you’ll get a chance to view their kitchen and taste some of their delightful chocolates.  When the tour is over, you’ll be given a coupon for $5 off a $10 purchase which basically makes your tour free (because once you’ve tasted their chocolate, you’ll definitely want to buy as much as you can)!

Parkview Field

Parkview Field is the home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the single A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.  In 2011, Stadium Journey Magazine named this the best ballpark in minor league baseball.  It has a variety of seating options, great food and clean restrooms! We got lawn seats earlier this season and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the game.  I also sang the National Anthem at one of the games earlier in the season and it was a great experience! While I absolutely love watching games at Parkview Field, that’s not all you can do there!

The stadium opens most days at 7am for those who want to walk the concourse (the concourse is 1/3 of a mile around and is a great place to walk).  They even open a concession stand for the walkers or those who are just looking for a different place to enjoy lunch.   There are also frequent theme nights which feature entertainment!  {The night that I sang the national anthem was A Night at the Circus}

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of the top ten children’s zoos in the country.  They have impressive animal exhibits and lots of hands on fun for kids.  Gorgeous peacocks roam the grounds, you can wander through a rain forest, there are goats to be petted and brushed and oh-so-much more!  This is one of those places that both the teens and the twins enjoy.  We have a family membership and plan on spending lots of summer days at the zoo!

Science Central

Located in a former powerplant called City Light & Power, hence the colored smokestacks, Science Central is an exciting mix of hands-on learning and engaging fun!  Science Central provides fun for little kids and big kids too.  My older kids enjoy the high rail bike and our little kids enjoy the slides and the kids central area!  If you’re looking to save money, you can print a BOGO Science Central coupon!

Foellinger Theater

The Foellinger Theater is a part of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.  There are lots of great low cost entertainment options, but my favorite is the free movies on Wednesday nights.  They have so many great movies playing this summer including newer movies like Frozen, Monsters University, Saving Mr. Banks, Despicable Me Too, and classics like Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz.

Zip Timber Lake

If you feel like you’ve seen and done all there is to see and do in and around Fort Wayne, you’re in for a surprise.  There is now a ZipLine course less than 30 minutes southwest of Fort Wayne and it’s called  Zip Timber Lake!  According to Jonathan Kline who operates Camp Timber Lake, the course includes a mix of shorter and longer runs that send you flying through the tree canopy or over portions of the campground’s 12-acre lake.

SkyZone 

If you’re looking for high-flyin’ fun, you can’t beat SkyZone! SkyZone is an indoor trampoline park featuring 25,000 sq ft of fun in the form of Open Jump courts, a Foam Zone, a SkySlam basketball dunk court, SkyRobics fitness classes, and 3-D Dodgeball!

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

One of my favorite places to go in Fort Wayne is the Botanical Conservatory.  It truly is a tropical sanctuary in the middle of Fort Wayne’s busy downtown area.  You’ll find lush flowers and trees and  seasonal displays. You can take classes or send your kids to camp there.  You can even plan a special event at the Botanical Conservatory.  My daughters’ prom was there this past weekend.

Splash Pads

Photo Credit: Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Fort Wayne offers 7 great splash pads…Memorial, McCormick, Waynedale, Shoaff, Buckner, Robert E. Meyers parks as well as a new splash pad at Taylors Dream Boundless Playground in Kreager Park.  The Splash Pads open Memorial Day weekend and are open 9 to 9 daily.  Robert E. Meyers park (located just inside the North Gate of Parkview Field is open 9am to 11pm on days where no activities are scheduled at the field).  I’m planning on visiting all of the splash pads with my kids this summer!  Splash Pads are FREE and provide hours of entertainment on a hot summer day!

Fort Wayne Trails

Photo Credit: Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Fort Wayne has one of the finest trail systems in the midwest with over 70 miles of trails winding through the city.  I’ve done quite a bit of walking, running, and biking on these trails and they are top notch!  If you’re a biker, you’ll want to check out Trek the Trails.  Each Tuesday night, people from all over the city (and from other places as well) join together to bike one of the trails.  It’s a great chance to see the trails and make new friends.  These trail rides are a fun family event!

There are lots of other great things to do in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area!  What am I missing?  Leave a comment so that those who are vacationing or staycationing in Fort Wayne don’t miss out!

Comments

  1. Tour a chocolate factory? I’m your girl!! Too bad we can’t visit Fort Wayne this year. Instead we’re working on a project called R is for Rhode Island. Basically it’s our own alphabet book filled with quintessential RI activities and places. It’s a lot of fun being a tourist in your hometown!

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