If you find yourself in northeastern Indiana– a little west of Ohio and just south of Michigan– chances are you’re right around the corner from the Fort Wayne area. Stop in and have a look-see. Here are some of the highlights. 

Top Attractions

Mom and her son in a zoological museum

Family Fun

Feed giraffes, and goats at the Fort Wayne Children’s Museum, one of the largest regional attractions with nearly 500,000 visitors annually. Or, dive into engaging interactive experiments at Science Central, a former power plant-turned-museum. 

Take a Plunge into History

Learn more about the town at The History Center, founded in 1921. It houses thousands of Fort Wayne artifacts, including photographs and documents. 

yellow and blue antique airplanes flying in the air

See antique airplanes at the Fort Wayne Air Museum, where they have one of the most extensive collections of still-flying antique airplanes in the country. 

Pay your respects to American Pioneer, John Chapman, aka “Johnny Appleseed”; His gravesite is open for the public to visit at the Johnny Appleseed ParkIf you’re visiting in September, buy tickets to the annual festival dedicated in his name to remembering his farming efforts. Nearly two centuries later, a majority of the trees he planted are still producing fruit! At the festival, get a glimpse of how pioneers lived back in the day, enjoy arts and craft tents, and freshly made apple-themed cuisine, of course!


Shopping and Entertainment 

Window shop at Glenbrook Square, grab dinner and a movie at Jefferson Pointe or catch live shows at the Embassy Theatre or Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

Places to Eat

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What are you in the mood for?

If it’s good ol’ American type fast-food you want, head to the oldest operating restaurant in town- Coney Island. Order a grilled-to-perfection, Coney Island Hot dog topped with mustard, signature sauce, and chopped onions. Then wash it down with a can of refreshing “pop” on the side. Ahh.

Do you have a mixed crowd, and want a little of this and that for everyone? Stop by the Happy Gnome: Craft beer, Steaks, Salads, Korean beef, Tex-Mex style tacos, even duck. (But what you really need is the s’mores dessert.)

If the words “award-winning barbecue pulled pork” and “home-style macaroni and cheese” make your mouth water, you aren’t alone. Also- you want to be at Shigs in Pit!

For a fancier night out, complete with fresh seafood and a glass of wine, make reservations at The Oyster Bar.

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