Thanks to Visit Fort Wayne for hosting my family on this press trip.
Last month we took a short trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Despite being just a few hours away from the Chicago area (where I have lived most of my life), I had never visited Fort Wayne before. I discovered that there is so much for families to do in Fort Wayne and wanted to share some of my family’s favorite activities from our trip!
Go on a safari at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Out of the dozen or so zoos that I have visited around the US, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is by far my favorite. I loved how this zoo was more of an immersive experience than just looking at animals on display like we typically do at zoos. The zoo is split into regions like the African Journey Safari Trail, the Australian Adventure and the Indonesian Rain Forest. They also have rides you can go on like the Sky Safari (where you can get a bird’s eye view of the animals in the African Journey exhibit), the Crocodile Creek adventure ride canoe boats, and the Z.O.&O. RAILROAD train that takes you around the zoo. Learn more about the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo here.
Run around at the Bob Arnold Northside Park playground
We love discovering new playgrounds in the towns we visit and my boys were very impressed with the children’s playground at the Bob Arnold Northside Park. The playground has an area for little ones as well as a larger structure for 5-12 year olds.
Learn through hands-on play at Science Central
Science was never my favorite subject in school but Science Central has over 130 hands-on exhibits that teach science concepts in an engaging way. From learning about the world in the 3-D Science on a Sphere exhibit to exploring water flow at the large water table, children will have a lot of fun playing at Science Central.
Enjoy a treat at The Yummi Bunni
The Yummi Bunni is THE place to get ice cream in Fort Wayne. They offer ice cream in cups or their signature Yummi Bun (which is basically a donut). They have new flavors weekly and also offer gluten free and vegan options. (I had soy ice cream for the first time and it was delicious!) Make sure to snap a pic of your kids in front of the selfie wall for a cute vacation memento.
Discover nature at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
I wasn’t sure if my boys were going to enjoy a botanical conservatory or if this was more geared towards adults but my kids ended up having tons of fun here. I felt like the entire conservatory was developed with families in mind and that bringing young children was not only welcome but encouraged there. They have a discovery corner located right outside the lobby that has stories and activities related to a monthly theme. The area is geared towards grades pre-k through K but my 3rd and 4th graders enjoyed it as well! While walking between the three indoor gardens the boys discovered activities along the way including an “underground” slide, a little pretend market and some building activities. We also enjoyed looking at the hundreds of plants as we walked around the indoor and outdoor gardens. Learn more about the Botanical Conservatory here.
Swim in a pool
Fort Wayne has a number of pools and splash pads around town that are open during the warmer months but we enjoyed swimming at our hotel’s pool. We stayed at the Hilton Fort Wayne located at the Grand Wayne convention center and it had an indoor pool (which is a must-have when traveling with kids in my opinion). The pool area had lots of windows with views of the city and the hotel was close to everything which was convenient.
Enjoy a TinCaps Minor League Baseball Game
If you are traveling to Fort Wayne with a little baseball fan you’ll want to see if the TinCaps are playing a home game while you are in town. (They play during the spring and summer months.) Besides baseball, visitors will enjoy Parkview Field- where the TinCaps play- because it is a beautiful stadium with a great variety of foods at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay for a whole game because it started raining an hour in but it was fun while we were there.
Go on a hike or family walk
Fort Wayne is home to over 90 miles of trails. We climbed the set of steps near the Old Fort which gave us a great view of the river from above and was the perfect spot to snap a photo. Here’s a trail map so you can find the trail for your family to explore.
Take a ride down one of the rivers
Did you know that Fort Wayne has three rivers? I was surprised to learn this! The best way to experience the riverfront area is via boat. There are a number of tours but we went on Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic 1840s canal boat replica, where we learned about Fort Wayne’s history and future plans for the riverbank area. Learn about all the riverboat rides here.
Walk around downtown Fort Wayne
There’s lots more to explore in Fort Wayne and we enjoyed walking around the downtown area. You can visit the Fort Wayne Museum of Art or catch a show at The Embassy Theatre.
Overall, we had a great trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana! If you live there, or have visited in the past, I’d love to hear what other things you think we should add to our list to do next time. If you’ve never visited what things do you think your family would enjoy doing in Fort Wayne?
19 thoughts on “10 Things To Do With Kids In Fort Wayne”
Fort Wayne sounds like such a fun place to visit. I would love to take my family there someday.
It sounds like Fort Wayne would make a great family destination. I always loved to see the looks on my kids’ faces when we stopped by a particularly interesting place when they were little.
I have never been Fort Wayne but it looks like it does have a lot of things to do for kids. I sometimes go to Michigan so at some point I may come down and check out what they have in Fort Wayne.
What a fun trip! Fort Wayne sounds like the perfect place to take the whole family.
My Son would love to go on a safari at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Fort Wayne has a lot of fun things for family’s to do.
I have always loved going to the Zoo with the kids. It would be a blast to go on a safari at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
This looks like such a fun place to take the kids. I love being able to explore and have great fun when I find somewhere new.
This place looks like so much fun. I bet my kids would love to go here!
There is so much to see and do in Ft. Wayne! It is always fun to see a minor league ball game!
I have never explored this area but it does look fun! My kids would love to do these activities too.
It would be a really fun road trip to go to Fort Wayne. I really want to see the Indonesian Rain Forest part of the safari.
I’ll take treats from the Yummi Bunni please! Those snacks look so delicious – is that ice cream that I see?! Looks like Fort Wayne has great stuff for the family!
I didn’t realize there were all of these things to do in Ft Wayne. I think it would be great to take our grandkids here when they are a little older as right now 1 1/2 hours in the car they go a bit crazy lol. and we live in NY but now that I know these things are there, I can look into it down the road.
Ooh, Science Central seems like a lot of fun. I think a checking out some of the trails would be nice too!
I think my family will have fun in here. Must visit place!
It looks like you all had an awesome time in Fort Wayne! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing! What a lovely place to visit!
Wow. It sure sounds like Fort Wayne is a great place to go for a wonderful family vacation. I’ve never been to Indiana and it seems like I’m missing out.
The zoo was always a hit with my daughter when she was young. Science Central looks like a lot of fun for the kids.