Top Things to Do in Fort Wayne, Indiana

This city of 250,000 (125 miles northeast of Indianapolis) impresses with attractions including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and Parkview Field.

Promenade Park
Promenade Park. Photo: Courtesy of Visit Fort Wayne


Promenade Park

The recently added $20 million park capitalizes on the city's downtown riverfront with a playground, amphitheater and options for recreation on land and water. It's just part of a colorful wave of fresh development that you can catch on a trip to Fort Wayne.

Cherry Hill Golf Course

Sunny skies call for a round at this course known for its gardens and manicured fairways.

DeBrand Chocolate Fort Wayne Indiana
Courtesy of DeBrand

DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Take a sweet behind-the-scenes tour at DeBrand Fine Chocolates, then get a sugar fix from the cafe serving hot chocolate and homemade gelato.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Kids (and adults) love exploring African, Australian and Indonesian habitats at the zoo.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

For a dash of culture, head to the 11 galleries of American paintings and sculptures.

Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot

Get going around town on bikes or down the St. Mary's River with kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Parkview Field

Details like versions of Wrigley Field's rooftop seating and Camden Yards' warehouse neighbors make Parkview Field a major story in the minor leagues. The High A Tincaps' ballpark, which opened in 2009, has been a catalyst for downtown revitalization.

Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale

Each spring, some 60,000 loyal shoppers wait in line to snag bargains on signature cotton bags in the company's hometown. Expected to resume in 2023.

Eat and Drink

Cindy's Diner

Try the signature dish, The Garbage (eggs scrambled with potatoes and veggies) at this classic downtown spot.

Cork 'N Cleaver

Perfectly cooked steaks and exceptional service make for a great date night at Cork 'N Cleaver. Leave room for the mud pie.

The Oyster Bar

Attentive servers at The Oyster Bar bring out seriously fresh seafood, steaks and cocktails in an old-school setting.

Tolon. Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux


Tolon chef Matthew Nolot rolls out small-plate dinners; the deviled eggs with Sriracha and miso paste won us over.


Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center

The Hilton puts you close to downtown attractions like the gardens of the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

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