Fort Wayne

There's no shortage of fun family activities in Fort Wayne! Plan an affordable getaway weekend and explore an unforgettable family fun destination!

As Indiana’s second largest city, Fort Wayne is the perfect urban destination for families. So many places to go and things to do. Here are some updates on what’s new and exciting this summer:
  • Rent bikes for a nice Rivergreenway Trail ride or rent a kayak to experience Fort Wayne and our rivers. Visitors can also discover Fort Wayne’s riverfront with a canal boat ride, and riverboat pub, and more!  By summer 2019, Fort Wayne’s riverfront will be completely re-imagined, with a tree-top trail, riverfront park and water features, concert shell, and more! We can’t wait for you to experience Fort Wayne – from our rivers!
  • Discover new baby animals and old favorites like going on a safari in search of lions, leopards, and zebras, then stop to hand-feed our herd of giraffes!
  • Fort Wayne pools and splash pads are now open to keep you cool!

Science Central

A fun place to take the whole family; it’s cool to just check out the renovated building this science emporium calls home. The old City Light and Power building (which was used to generate electric power until 1975) has been renovated to hold a variety of science exhibits and activities.

You will also want to check out the exhibits, both permanent and traveling, that are here! Kids may be especially intrigued by the visiting exhibit titled “Zula Patrol: Mission Weather.” It is designed to help kids learn about ‘clouds, precipitation, wind, temperature, and other weather phenomenon….”

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Surround yourself with nature at an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Enjoy the Gardens of Europe through Aug. 31. Ramon F. Miller of Gera, Germany, is a landscape architect with a photographer’s eye. On his travels through Europe to visit private and public gardens, Ramon has captured images that reveal his own aesthetic priorities as well as the breadth of Western garden design. This photographic exhibit brings the horticultural wealth of Europe to us in vibrant color and lively definition. Ramon’s works will be displayed at the Botanical Conservatory throughout the summer, extending through our Botanical Roots concert season to the end of August. Exhibit admission is included in regular admission. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Tin Caps Baseball

More than just baseball, a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game is the perfect choice for fun family entertainment. The award-winning Parkview Field is a family destination in downtown Fort Wayne and is home to the 2009 Midwest League Champions. With tickets starting at just $5, TinCaps games are fun and affordable – and there are great food choices, from traditional ball park fare to light and healthy options. TinCaps games are a great experience for the true baseball fan or someone looking for a fun time. Parkview Field was voted “the best Class-A Ballpark in the country to visit. The apple theme is everywhere at Parkview Field. They sell caramel apples, the apple logo is on the end of every aisle of seats, the exterior of “The Orchard” souvenir shop has a floor-to-ceiling-logo. It’s all very well orchestrated and carries the theme throughout the park.

Vera Bradley Fashions

Mark your calendars for the ultimate shopping experience – Every Spring in April, spanning five days, the sale has evolved into a not-to-be-missed event, bringing fans from all 50 states together for shopping, fun and amazing deals on product. Products available at the sale are primarily retired and overstock items (shop early for best selection). Find luxury leather products, plus many of their retired patterns, and more! Separated by styles and patterns, the sale is easily navigated with a handy shopping map – perfect for shopping with your friends. The first three days offer multiple ticketed sessions to shop where shoppers take advantage of great product selection (get your tickets early as sessions do sell out). The last two days are open to the public with no ticket required to enter.

Geneology Center

At the ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY –  Are you new to Geneology? Then this is the place to start. The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for family history as well as the entire genealogical community at large.  This library has one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. And their friendly staff specializes in the topic and ready to help you find what/who you are looking for. Even if you aren’t into finding long-lost ancestors, be sure to reserve a morning or afternoon to browse through the beautiful structure, conveniently located right downtown.

Ft. Wayne Children’s Zoo

Since opening in 1965, the 1,000-animal zoo has been located on 40 acres (16 ha) in Fort Wayne’s Franke Park. The zoo continuously ranks among the top zoos in the U.S. In 2015, TripAdvisor named it the seventh best zoo in the nation. Current exhibits include the Jungle Domeaviary, African Village, the Zebra Researcher’s Camp and Australia after Dark. The newest exhibit is Stingray Bay. See eye to eye with gentle stingrays as they glide across a shallow pool in a brand-new exhibit that’s sure to be a highlight of the new Australian Adventure.  Housed in the former Australia After Dark building, Stingray Bay features up-close viewing opportunities and state-of-the-art life support systems.  A limited number of guests will have the chance to touch the stingrays under the guidance of zoo staff – a truly amazing experience!  >MORE



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