7 Affordable Summer Adventures in Fort Wayne Indiana

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Affordable Summer Adventures in Fort Wayne Indiana

Fort Wayne Indiana is a place our family loves to visit.  It is a short drive from Michigan, making it a convenient place to getaway.  There are so many outdoor family-friendly things to do for a quick break from daily life. Here are the top 7 adventures you can do in Fort Wayne.

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Promenade Park Fort Wayne Ping Pong
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Exploring Downtown Fort Wayne

1. Promenade Park opened in August 2019.  It is the perfect place to introduce yourself to Fort Wayne or get reacquainted. Situated just north of downtown Fort Wayne, it sits along the St. Mary’s River, one of three rivers that meet downtown. Promenade Park is a one-of-a-kind park that joins natural rivers to a vibrant urban center.  Enjoy a variety of activities including a kids’ canal, ping pong and corn hole games, a tree top canopy trail, porch swings, and river access!

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Fort Wayne City View from Historic Old Fort Indiana

2. Riverfront Connectivity has great natural features that meet in the heart of the downtown area.  Find an unbelievable amount of fun for you and your family to enjoy along the 8 miles of the unique riverfront connectivity. Explore the historic Old Fort, located steps away from Headwaters Park, their cultural and festival center in the summer. Just a short walk or bike ride provides easy access to Promenade Park via Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway trail that follows along the riverfront.

Entrance to Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Indiana
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3. Nationally ranked Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – Home to 40-acres of animals, rides, and beautifully landscaped grounds.  The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a must-see on any visit to Fort Wayne. You will discover life in four distinct sections that range from the African Journey (our families favorite) to Australian Adventure and the Indonesian Rainforest.  Each area features rides and interactive activities around every turn. This Zoo is affordable and rides only costing $2, and parking is FREE!

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4. Picture Perfect Picnics allow you to safely dine in the City of Restaurants carryout and picnic in one of the more than 80 award-winning parks, including Promenade Park, which is conveniently located near many downtown restaurants.

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Photo by: Visit Fort Wayne Indiana

Enough Adventure for Everyone

5. Outdoor Spaces for Everyone – Whatever your adventure level, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast in Fort Wayne. Get out and explore downtown Fort Wayne’s 8 miles of water trails or discover other water access points along Fort Wayne’s three rivers.

Take a walk or bike and  enjoy more than 120 miles of trails. Fort Wayne’s trail system allows you to explore our parks and attractions with a city-view ride itinerary.

Did you know there are more than 80 city parks and a number of county parks and preserves here?  Fort Wayne’s outdoor spaces offer a variety of activities including trails following along rivers, ravines, flower gardens, and marshland. Chose your adventure and then pick another…or five.

Find Unique Things to See in Fort Wayne


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6. Public Art for All and it’s free!  Everywhere you turn in Fort Wayne, you will find art awaiting to be discovered.  You can tour the city’s murals spanning whole alley walls in downtown, discover sculptures representing the city’s past and future.  Find the 50 unique downtown sculptures that also double as bike racks!  Make sure to stop and take a photo with your family with these great pieces of art.

Historic Old Fort - Fort Wayne Indiana

7. Historical Sites – Fort Wayne is known for being a city that has connected the east to the west through the Erie Canal, which can now be experienced in the newly revitalized area of downtown Fort Wayne called the Landing. Fort Wayne offers numerous historic sites for you and your family to explore, including the Old Fort. The Fort is a replica of the third and final Fort Wayne, and the gravesite for John Chapman (you know him as Johnny Appleseed).

Fort Wayne is an affordable and safe destination that offers ample opportunities for new adventures for your family!

On a budget for your next vacation? Check out Fort Wayne Indiana several affordable outdoor adventures for your next Midwest family vacation.

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