Have you been to the Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana? We visited Fort Wayne a couple years ago and were quite enamored with the big city’s small town vibe along with all the family friendly offerings. Since our visit, the city has added so many new things that made our family want to revisit again. This time we happened to visit during fall which I have to say is an excellent time to visit (much cooler temps than our sweltering summer visit!) Read on to see what you can do in Fort Wayne in fall!
Disclosure: A big thanks to Visit Fort Wayne for providing a complimentary stay and attractions to experience all the city has to offer. I was not required to express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own. Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
Get Wild with Animals
On our first visit, we fell in love with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Seriously, one of the best zoos we’ve been to. So of course this was high on our list of things to do. Our timing was perfect with their Wild Zoo Halloween. The “merry not scary” event had fun activities like a Halloween animal enrichments, trick or treat stations, a small little pumpkin patch, a cute little maze and more! Any yes, a chance to wear our costumes is always a fun time in our books. Besides the Halloween festivities, seeing the animals up close and personal with encounters like feeding a giraffe added to our amazing zoo experience.
I remembered how much we enjoyed our last visit to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and since we were within walking distance from our hotel, we decided to revisit. It was nice seeing my favorite exhibit again – the glass sculptures! Their rotating exhibit included beautiful photographs of nature by Clyde White, a Dia de los Muertos tribute to those that have passed from COVID-19, and other amazing artwork. Just like last time, the kids made a beeline straight to the kids section to make a few art creations of their own. Such a fun area to unleash their creativity!
One of the main reasons for our return visit to Fort Wayne was to see the new Promenade Park. This riverfront area is the spot for families to enjoy the outdoors. So many fun things to do here including access to the three rivers, kayak rentals, a treetop canopy trail, a kids’ canal, ping pong and corn hole games, swings, a beer garden, and so much more. The kids’ favorite part of Promenade Park was definitely the playground.
Get on the Water
On our last visit to Fort Wayne, we explored the city by bike. This time around we were determined to get on the water. Once again, we turned to the folks at Fort Wayne Outfitters to help us on our kayak adventure. The friendly staff gave us a few pointers on where to go, then we spent two hours floating up and down the calm river.
Take a hike
We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a hike and check out the fall beauty in Fort Wayne. We decided on a fairly easy hike through Lindenwood Nature Preserve, a mile loop through the woods. The highlight for sure was the beautiful reflection pond surrounded by the tall trees. Although we were a little early for the leave’s changing colors, I can imagine how even more beautiful it would be later on.
Tip: if you’re up for more outdoor adventures, check out the Fort Wayne Outdoor Pass. It details out specific itineraries to enjoy the outdoors.
Go on an public art walk
Fort Wayne and art go hand in hand. In fact, the public art scene is one of my main reasons for returning. I absolutely love it! Plus, they are continually adding new murals and art! Here’s a few of our favorites:
Tip: Use the Public Art Trail Pass to find all the art in the city!
WHERE TO STAY:
I was beyond excited to hear about the newest boutique hotel in Fort Wayne, The Bradley. Located in downtown Fort Wayne, the hotel is a collab between Provenance Hotels and co-founder of Vera Bradley, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard. We had a fabulous stay at the trendy hotel and we loved the location! Stay tuned for an in-depth review.