The amazing thing about traveling is you can always find something new to see and do! If you’re looking for somewhere new to plan a trip, you may want to consider Fort Wayne, Indiana. These are the top things to do in this adorable city! Everything from the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale experience, to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Science Central, TinCaps Baseball, festivals, riverfront fun, and more.
Where to Stay
Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel and Conference Center
Don’t let the outdated exterior lead you away from Ramada. This is a four-star hotel with neat and clean rooms. Attached is a sports bar and a steakhouse that offers delicious dinner and an affordable breakfast with an omelet station. The Ramada is in a central location and is within walking distance from many of the shops.
Website| 305 E Washington Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 | Facebook: @Ramada50097
What to do
Vera Bradley Outlet Sale
The Vera Bradley Outlet Sale only happens once a year. The sale includes items from colorful bags, to stationary, to lunchboxes, all marked down 40-60% off retail. Look at the Visit Fort Wayne website to see when the annual sale is so you can plan your trip around it and ensure that you won’t miss this exciting sale.
Website | 4120 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 | Facebook: @verabradley |Instagram: @verabradley | Twitter: @verabradley
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Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is a large arena designed to hold an array of events from concerts to hockey games. With different events held at the arena constantly, there is sure to be something for everyone. Click the link to their website below to see if there is an event that sparks your interest for your Fort Wayne trip.
Website | 4000 Parnell Avenue Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805 | Facebook: @ACWMC | Instagram: @ACWMC | Twitter: @ACWMC
TinCaps baseball is the minor league team based out of Fort Wayne. Attending a game is a great way to spend an afternoon as one can tour the stadium, take a picture with the mascot, Johnny Tincap, visit the Sweetwater Fun Zone, grab a bite to eat, and of course, watch the baseball game.
Website | Parkview Field 1301 Ewing Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @tincaps | Twitter: @TinCaps| Instagram: @tincaps
Arts United wants to improve the lives of the community through art by bringing attention to creativity and showcasing what art can do for people. Buy a ticket to tour the art museum or one of the many events held such as dance performances to comedy festivals. With the large variety of events held by Arts United, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Website | 300 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @ArtsUnitedGFW | Twitter: @ArtsUnitedGFW | Instagram: @artsunitedgfw
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a major contributor to the large art scene in Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art changes its exhibits often so you will likely see something new and exciting every time you go. Visit their website below to see what exhibits the museum will be displaying during your visit. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art also hosts many events, like Art United, that may spark your interest.
Website | 311 E Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @fwmoa
| Twitter: @FWMoA | Instagram: @fwmoa
Science Central is the perfect activity for children as it teaches kids about a variety of topics and encourages them to look at STEM for future careers through fun science experiments and activities. The indoor facility allows for a day of fun that won’t be tarnished due to rain or other weather conditions.
Website | 1950 N. Clinton St. Fort Wayne, IN 46805 | Facebook: @ScienceCentral | Twitter: @Science_Central | Instagram: @sciencecentral
The Botanical Conservatory is a haven for plant lovers. Visit the greenhouses and gardens to see a multitude of beautiful plants and experience nature. The colorful atmosphere makes for the perfect spot to bring lunch and have a picnic. The Botanical Conservatory also holds family-friendly events to check out while you are there.
Website | 1100 South Calhoun Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 | Facebook: @ConservatoryFW | Twitter: @FFBotCons
The Embassy Theater is a beautiful seven-story building that has both a movie theater and a large stage. This allows the theater to show several versions of performing arts. This elegant theater is the perfect place to watch a broadway play during your visit.
Website | 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @FWEmbassyTheatre | Twitter: @FWEmbassy | Instagram: @FWEmbassyTheatre
Public art is a great way to explore the city. Google the Visit Fort Wayne website and download a map of all the public art in Fort Wayne. You and your friends or family, can check off as many public art exhibits as possible while you tour the city. While you hunt down these magnificent pieces of art, stop by the local restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques to see much of what Fort Wayne has to offer.
Website | Hashtag: #PublicArtFW
DeBrand Fine Chocolate
DeBrand Fine Chocolate was started by local Fort Wayneian, Cathy Brand-Beere, and has been providing the city with well crafted, mouthwatering chocolate for years. She started making chocolate when she was a young girl and now has four DeBrand chocolate shops around Fort Wayne. The tasty treats make for the perfect gift for anyone back home. Stop by DeBrand Fine Chocolate to satisfy any sweet tooth or even for the delicious smells alone.
Website | 5608 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 | Facebook: @DeBrand | Twitter: @DeBrandFineChoc | Instagram: @DeBrandFineChoc
Copper Spoon is known for its handcrafted cocktail made by professional bartenders that participate in competitions locally and across the U.S. The drinks and entrees are almost too pretty to eat as presentation is a priority at this restaurant. The Copper Spoon is locally owned so you will be supporting Fort Wayne families while you enjoy a delicious meal.
Website | 301 W Jefferson Blvd Ste. 100 Fort Wayne IE 46802 | Facebook: @copperspoonfw | Instagram: @copperspoonfw
It can be hard to eat healthy on a vacation but Tolon is making it a little easier by offering local “farm-to-table” meals. This small restaurant gets its food from farmers in the area, making the meals healthier due to the lack of preservatives. Restaurant goers won’t get bored with the food options available because the meals change regularly based on what is growing in Fort Wayne. The small restaurant allows for a cozy and intimate atmosphere which only adds to the dining experience.
Website | 614 Harrison St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @tolonrestaurant | Twitter: @TolonRestuarant | Instagram: @TolonRestaurant
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is an elegant restaurant that offers mouthwatering steaks, seafood and salads. The classy restaurant offers delicious meals and a dining experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Ruth’s Chris is perfect for a date night or even just a fancy night out during your trip.
Website | 224 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, 46802 | Facebook: @RuthsChrisFortWayne | Instagram: @ruthschrisfortwayne
Proximo is part of the restaurant family started by the same people that own The Hoppy Gnome and BakerStreet Steakhouse in Fort Wayne. This new flavorful addition to the family is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to provide an array of menu options for any meal. Check out their menu with the link below to see the delicious food creations.
Website | 898 S. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @ProximoFW | Instagram: @ProximoFW
The Landing is a versatile location full of restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and more. Grab lunch or stop by a coffee shop to get an afternoon pick-me-up while you walk around the shops. Take note of the beautiful architecture before stopping for an evening drink at one of the pubs.
Website | 118 W Columbia St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @TheLandingFW | Twitter: @TheLandingFW | Instagram: @TheLandingFW
Promenade Park- Riverfront
This new park is set to open on June 21, 2019. Be one of the first to experience what this wonderful park has to offer such as yoga classes and concerts held on the edge of the river. Visitors will also be able to kayak and paddle-board on the river or ride bikes along the path beside the water.
Website | 2020 W. Superior St, Fort Wayne, IN | Facebook: @RiverfrontFW| Twitter: @RiverfrontFW | Instagram: @RiverfrontFortWayne
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of the top ten zoos in the nation and one of the best places to visit during your trip to Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will astonish and excite your kids will the up-close experience to many of the animals. The zoo partners with Fort Wayne Zoological Society to bring kids a better understanding of animals in a fun way they won’t forget.
Website | 3411 Sherman Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808 | Facebook: @kidszoo | Twitter: @fwkidszoo | Instagram: @fwkidszoo
Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island
The Conoy Island Hotdog stand has thrived for many years because of the vintage atmosphere and hotdog display that shows the delicious glistening hotdogs. This Fort Wayne staple is a must see on your itinerary, and is open all year long to ensure that you won’t miss it. Forget your diet for one night and stop by to experience the excitement and atmosphere Fort Wayne’s Famous Conoy Island has to offer.
Website | 131 W Main St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @FortWayneConeyIsland | Twitter: @FWConeyIsland| Instagram: @FWConeyIsland
The Fort Wayne Genealogy Center has the largest database and records of genealogy from all over the world. Stop by to get a better understanding of genealogy and see the massive amount of records this center holds. You might even be able to learn something new about your own ancestry that you didn’t previously know.
Website | Allen County Public Library 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | Facebook: @GenealogyCenter | Twitter: @ACPLGenealogy| Instagram: @GenealogyCenter