Exploring Fort Wayne Indiana Family Adventures: Must-See Sights and Kid-Friendly Eats!

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Things To Do In Fort Wayne Indiana

Have you been to Fort Wayne Indiana recently? There are so many family friendly things for the entire family to do. From over 60 parks to pick from to the museums and zoo, you can plan your own adventure for exploring Fort Wayne Indiana.

Fort Wayne is in northern Indiana, easily accessed from I-69.  This town is huge, but if you head downtown, there is a lot waiting for you to explore. This is where we spent our time, and we had lots to do.

Thanks to Visit Fort Wayne, my family and I were able to experience this for ourselves and check out a few of these amazing attractions. See my suggestions on our visit on things to explore in Fort Wayne Indiana.

Downtown Fort Wayne Hilton Room
Hilton Hotel Downtown Fort Wayne Indiana

Where to Stay Downtown

We stayed at the Hilton in downtown Fort Wayne (located 1020 S Calhoun St). The Hilton is  part of the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Located in the heart of downtown, you are in walking distance to as much of the city as you want to see. Conveniently located to a parking garage across the street and you can take the crosswalk to get to and from your vehicle.

We had a beautiful view of the sun setting looking towards Parkview Field (home of the Tin Caps). Our bed was divine.  No one wanted to get up in the morning (we all slept in). The shower/toilet were separated from the sink area, allowing you to get ready while the bathroom was occupied. No need to go far for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is an onsite restaurant and lots of space in the lobby to relax.

The hotel is very convenient to the Allen County Public Library. This is perfect for the genealogist who may want to do a little research on the trip.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Gardens

What to See Downtown

There are so many great things to see and do with your family in Fort Wayne.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Gardens – This beautiful garden is located in the heart of downtown (1100 South Calhoun St) Check out the 25,000 square feet of gardens. They are even a plant rescue.  There are beautiful outdoor gardens to see as well. There are many programs events going on throughout the year.

feeding giraffe childrens zoo ft wayne

Fort Wayne Childrens’s Zoo – Spend a day at the zoo exploring the different animals (located at 3411 Sherman Blvd). You can go from Australia, Africa, Indonesia and Indiana. We saw peacocks on the Indiana Farm, Tazmania Devils (they are nocturnal and were sleeping), stingrays and sea lions in Australia. The kids got up close to the giraffe and also saw zebras and ostriches in Africa. Our next visit will include the pandas in Indonesia, we were beat.

TIP:  Make sure to buy tokens so you can feed the giraffes. Take breaks, you are going to do a lot of walking, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is HUGE!

outside Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Photo by: Fort Wayne Museum Art-Visit Fort Wayne Indiana

Fort Wayne Museum of Art – located (311 E Main St) right next to the Square makes this a perfect stop after enjoying lunch. Tour the exhibits and see the beautiful art on display.  They offer school tours as well.

fountain downtown fort wayne

Riverfront Fort Wayne – located downtown.  You can take a canal boat ride.  They offer different length of boat rides and even can rent out for private events.  This is a relaxing way to see the city  You can even see other things you might not have noticed that you want to check out.

Science Central  Fort Wayne
inside science central ft wayne in

More to See in Fort Wayne

Science Central – This building once was an old power and light building (located 1950 N Clinton St). Science Central has been turned into a learning hub left with all the character of it’s former life. A lot of the gears remained and are painted. This is a great place for your kids to come in and burn energy. There are many hands on experiences for the kids to do.

There are 3 floors, most exhibits being on the top or bottom floors. They have traveling exhibits that come in, we got to see RiverWorks. There were kids playing in the exhibit. They were stopping and redirecting water and having fun. Demonstrations are done different times of the day, be sure to get a schedule when you check in. There are many hands on experiences for your kids to check out. Check out the Science On a Sphere presentation.

TIP:  Bring a lunch and enjoy in their lunchroom so you can continue your visit.

Parkview Field Skyline
Photo by; 07 Films – Visit Fort Wayne Indiana

Tin Caps Baseball – Visit a Tin Caps game at Parkview Field.  Located in downtown Fort Wayne (1301 Ewing St) you can catch a game from the local minor league baseball team. The Fort Wayne Tin Caps are the Class A (Midwest League) affiliate of the San Diego Padres. When playing at home, you can find lots of things going on at the field for your whole family to enjoy.

Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne IN

Embassy Theatre has a variety of shows to enjoy. Find Broadway plays, dance and even performances specifically for the kids.

food trucks fort wayne

Where To Eat Downtown

Food Trucks come to Lunch on the Plaza downtown every Thursday June to August 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  We found something for everyone, even our picky eater! Our family got food from four different food trucks. We enjoyed pizza, grilled cheese and ham and cheese sandwiches.  All were really good.  While on the Square, there was entertainment and local businesses were on site as well.  It was great to just sit and enjoy the scenery, like the water fountain, Helmhotz sculpture (big & red art work) and the Major General Anthony Wayne statue. Freimann Square and Arts United Plaza located at 200 E. Main St.

TIP: Bring a blanket and have a picnic!

Pint and Slice Pizza FW Indiana
GK Baked Goods FW IN

Enjoy the many restaurants downtown from fine dining and casual eats. We enjoyed pizza from Pint & Slice and some coffee and sweet treats from GK Baked Goods.

What is your favorite things to see and eat in Fort Wayne Indiana?

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