There are so many fun things to do in Fort Wayne - for adults and kids! See why you should visit this awesome city in Indiana!

Fun Things To Do In Fort Wayne – For Adults And Kids!

There are so many fun things to do in Fort Wayne – for adults and kids! See why you should visit this awesome city in Indiana!

**A big thank you to Visit Fort Wayne for helping us create such a fun itinerary. Although we were offered complimentary admission to most attractions, as always, all opinions are our own.**

Fun Things To Do In Fort Wayne

As we made our way across the US on our Midwest road trip, we stopped for a few days in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We know a few friends that had traveled to the city and all had told us great things about their experiences so we just had to visit and see it for ourselves. We found so many fun things to do in Fort Wayne! And the best part is that there is something for everyone, so no matter who you’re traveling with or for what occasion, you’ll find fun attractions in Fort Wayne.

Things To Do In Fort Wayne For Adults

Whether you’re looking for romantic things to do in Fort Wayne or just want to make sure there’s something planned for everyone in the family during your trip, you’ll find great options in Fort Wayne.

Country Heritage Winery

If you’re looking for things to do in Fort Wayne on a date, we recommend visiting Country Heritage Winery and doing a wine tasting. We also think visiting the winery would be fun if you’re on a girl’s weekend in Fort Wayne. The tasting room is open daily and they often have events like concerts and food/wine pairings.

We chatted with the ladies that were serving wine that day and learned that the winery had opened in 2011 on the Lutter family farm. As we sipped on a few wines, we also learned that since opening, the winery has won multiple awards including Indiana Farm Winery of The Year two times in a row!

The ambiance at Country Heritage Winery was certainly a relaxing one. We loved that they had multiple spaces to sit and enjoy your wine, our favorite of which was probably the outside wrap around porch. Oh, and we also loved that they used only local wood in their spaces. The decor throughout was beautiful and rustic.

Country Heritage Winery is one of the top things to do in Fort Wayne on a date
Country Heritage Winery is a great place to go for date night!
Country Heritage Winery is one of the to things to do in Fort Wayne for adults
Country Heritage Winery has great selection of award winning wines

Three Rivers Distilling Co.

Certainly one of the more fun things to do in Fort Wayne is to head over to Three Rivers Distilling Co. It is the only distillery in town and the first in northeast Indiana since prohibition. It is also veteran owned, which we really love.

The Three Rivers Distilling Co. sources all of their grain from within 30 miles of the distillery and they do all of the bottling on site. Bruce, the owner, actually hand labels all of the bottles himself. Their restaurant also sources ingredients locally whenever possible. It’s a pretty impressive place, and we hear their Sunday Brunch is pretty awesome.

We enjoyed our tour of the distillery and our tasting afterwards. Especially the tasting. We had a pre-prohibition style Old Fashion called “The Sphere of Influence.” What we really liked about it was that it was smoked. We’d never had a smoked cocktail before and enjoyed seeing how it was done.

Three Rivers Distilling Co. is one of the most fun things to do in Fort Wayne for adults
Three Rivers Distilling Co. is the only distillery in Fort Wayne
Three Rivers Distilling Co. is one of the best Fort Wayne attractions
We’re a little partial to rum 😉

Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center is definitely one of the Fort Wayne attractions that is more geared for adults. It’s an amazing place and probably the experience that surprised us the most during our trip. We ended up finding a ton of information about my mom’s side of the family that went all the way back to the 1700s!

The Genealogy Center has the 2nd largest collection of family history in the US, and because it is in a public library, anyone can access the information. All together they have over a million physical items, including family history books, city directories, microfilm records, newspapers, and much more.

Visitors can also do free online family research because the library has subscriptions to many genealogy websites. So websites like that you normally have to pay for, you can use for free at the library. Additionally, the center holds classes regularly that teach visitors how to preserve documents, clothing, books, etc. And if you ever have questions or need help, the librarians are all genealogists, so they can answer any questions you may have.

The Genealogy Center inside the Allen County Public Library
The Genealogy Center inside the Allen County Public Library
The Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana has over a million physical items as well as online resources
The Genealogy Center has over a million physical items as well as online resources

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

For art lovers, we recommend visiting the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. They have a large collection of of contemporary and historical art and they also have lectures, tours, and workshops. We suggest visiting their website to see what their upcoming events are and to see current exhibits, as they rotate every few months.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art is one of the attractions in Fort Wayne Indiana
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
The Fort Wayne MoA has contemporary and historical art
The Fort Wayne MoA has contemporary and historical art

Things To Do In Fort Wayne With Kids

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Fort Wayne, so if you’re traveling with kiddos, below are a few of our top recommendations.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of the top attractions in Fort Wayne. It has over 100 animals across five exhibit areas which are very well laid out; it’s no wonder the zoo consistently receives accolades and awards! One of our favorite experiences at the zoo was being able to walk into the kangaroo enclosure!

If you’d like to learn more about the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, we went more in-depth in this post.

Things to do with kids in Fort Wayne, take them to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Lots of great animal exhibits at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Fort Wayne Outfitters

The kiddos will always remember that time they went kayaking in Fort Wayne. Or when they biked the trails along the river. So if your family is looking for outdoor Fort Wayne activities, head over to Fort Wayne Outfitters. They offer boat tours, rentals (bike, kayak, canoe, and SUP), and can even service your bike. They also have a shop where you can buy anything you need for your outdoor adventures.

Fort Wayne Outfitters is perfect for outdoor Fort Wayne activities
Fort Wayne Outfitters is the perfect stop for outdoor adventures!

For Kids And Adults

We think these Fort Wayne attractions are perfect for both kids and adults!

DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Who doesn’t love chocolate, amiright?? Everyone will love a visit to DeBrand Fine Chocolates. Visitors can take a tour at their Auburn Road location on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Each tour costs $5, lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, and at the end guests are given a coupon for $5 off a $10 or more purchase.

Our tour was given by Chris who was very knowledgeable about the company and chocolate making. The tour starts with a seven minute video and then you go back and look into the chocolate making kitchens. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures while on the tour.

DeBrand is all about affordable luxury. You can get everything from hot chocolate to exotic pieces infused with spices from around the world. We couldn’t believe some of the creations we saw! They use quality ingredients to make gorgeous chocolates that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost…

Visiting DeBrand Fine Chocolates is one of the best things to do in Fort Wayne Indiana
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
DeBrand Chocolate pieces
Some of their chocolate even has gold!


One of the most unique things to do in Fort Wayne is to spend some time at Sweetwater. This remarkable music instrument retailer started as a mobile recording studio and is now the number one online retailer and is number two overall in music sales, competing with others that have multiple physical stores. And Sweetwater only has one store!

And there’s more to Sweetwater than just their music store. Their campus in Fort Wayne is like Disneyworld for music lovers. Yes, you can buy musical instruments. But you can also get private lessons, sell your used instruments, use their recording studio, get your instruments repaired, and even attend concerts!

And the campus itself is gorgeous. It was completed in 2007 and is LEED Certified Platinum, meaning the building is energy and resource efficient. They use a lot of natural light, bamboo materials, recycle as much as they can. You can tour the campus like we did and see why this place is so awesome. Make sure you stop in the diner, which makes all of their food from scratch, and go down the slide. Yes, they have a slide!

Visiting Sweetwater is one of the unique things to do in Fort Wayne
Sweetwater looks like a fun place to work!
Touring the Sweetwater campus allows you to see how much they offer their customers!
Touring the Sweetwater campus allows you to see how much they offer their customers!

Botanical Conservatory

An oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne Indiana, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory has got something for everyone! There are multiple indoor and outdoor gardens (gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers) and there are often family events, concerts, and educational classes.

The tropical garden was our favorite, with its waterfall, palm trees, and chocolate trees. The desert garden surprised us though because there were three giant Saguaro cacti, which we know had to be incredibly old.

things to do in Fort Wayne for adults and kids includes visiting the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
Many different gardens, including desert and tropical!
Many different gardens, including desert and tropical!

Public Art in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne also has a lot of public art that we know everyone will enjoy being on the look out for. Make sure to check out this post to learn more about the many art pieces throughout the city.

One of our favorite murals in Fort Wayne, Indiana
One of our favorite murals in Fort Wayne

Where To Stay In Fort Wayne, Indiana

For your weekend getaway in Fort Wayne, we suggest the Holiday Inn Purdue – Fort Wayne. It’s in a great location; close to many activities, attractions and also close to many restaurants.

Our suite had a comfy bed, desk area, microwave and refrigerator, coffee maker, and free WiFi. Parking was also free, which we always appreciate. The hotel also has a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, and an on-site restaurant called the Mastodon Grill which serves classic American cuisine.

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Holiday Inn Purdue - Fort Wayne is where to stay in Fort Wayne Indiana
Holiday Inn Purdue – Fort Wayne
Holiday Inn Fort Wayne-IPFW & Coliseum room
Our room had a very comfy bed!

Final Thoughts On Fort Wayne, Indiana

We had a great time in Fort Wayne! There was a lot more to do than we thought, for both adults and kids! So whether you’re looking for weekend getaways in Indiana, or passing through on a Midwest road trip like we were, we highly recommend visiting Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Have you been to Fort Wayne? Did we miss any attractions that you recommend? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

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  1. What a beautiful place Vicky. I knew little of Fort Wayne save it was a city in Indiana which churned out some really good basketball players over the years. What a fabulous post.

  2. Alicia Glassmeyer says:

    I never would have considered Fort Wayne as a destination until I read this. Sounds like a great place!

  3. I had no idea there were so many things to do in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You know I love a good winery tour (it was so great meeting you and Buddy in FXL). I’d love to explore the art museum as well and I have a slight obsession with chocolate so I might just skip everything else and head straight to that incredible chocolate factory for the day!

  4. Wow, there sure is a lot to do in Fort Wayne! The Three Rivers Distilling Co. would be on top of my places to visit. Looks like they have a perfect patio to enjoy one of their award-winning spirits. I had to pop over to their site and take a look at their Sunday Brunch menu, it looks delish!
    I’d also love to visit the Genealogy Center and do some research about my own family history. How cool that it’s all available for free!
    Typically, our travels are centered around nature & outdoors, so we will definitely check out Fort Wayne Outfitters for a bike our kayak rental.
    Thanks for putting Fort Wayne on my travel radar, I won’t hesitate making it a stop on our itinerary when planning a road trip out West.

  5. To be honest, I’d visit Fort Wayne just for the Three Rivers Distillery – I LOVE an Old Fashioned, and The Sphere of Influence is such a great name for it! I enjoy small businesses like this, and having it be veteran-owned is fab. I’m so pleased you got to find out more about your Mom’s side of the family at the Genealogy Centre – family history is like a rabbit hole into time!

  6. Looks a lot to do in Fort Wayne for sure! Fun for the whole family. Wouldn’t be into the wine tasting, but the tour of DeBrand fine chocolates would be right up my street, and especially Sweetwater! Looks like a musicians dream!

  7. Out of all of your suggestions, I think I would like the Fort Wayne Museum of Art the best. And they even have a Chihuly! I am sure we would enjoy Sweetwater and the Botanical Conservancy too.

  8. I haven;t heard of or tried a smoked cocktail either before so I’d love to experience that, sounds pretty cool! Always a fan of wine tasting so can add that to my list too. Museum of fine art also looks pretty cool. But my fave would be trying and buying fine chocolates 😉

  9. We tried to visit Fort Wayne this year, but unfortunately the campground was filled to capacity. It looks like we will have to try to make it back sometime. We have gotten to walk in a kangaroo enclosure at another zoo and it thrilled the kids. I have never heard of Sweetwater, but now I really want to check it out! It is cool they have a slide you can go down. Yeah, it looks like we will have to head back to Indiana to check out Fort Wayne because it looks like a fun place.

  10. I never think of Indiana in general as a destination for a trip, but Fort Wayne looks like it has a lot to offer! I would love to visit the Botanical Conservatory. And I know I’d be stopping at Rebrand for some goodies!

  11. I don’t have a kid, but I like when a place has things to do for both adult and children. I know you mentioned visiting the zoo under the category of things to do for children, but I should confess I would love to do so. After visiting the zoo, I would probably go to the art museum

  12. Wow! What a beautiful ambiance at Country Heritage! And, even though I don’t have any kids, I’m super tempted by the kangaroos in the petting zoo! There’s so much to do!

  13. Never thought of Fort Wayne before, seems like a good place to hangout.

  14. DEBRA CAFFEY says:

    I am looking for things to do in fort Wayne for my grand kids;ages 4 and 6 boiys
    . Already have been to the zoo. and science museum

    1. Hi Debra! I would definitely recommend taking them to Fort Wayne Outfitters. I think they’d enjoy biking along the nearby trails. 🙂


    I live close to Fort Wayne and get to enjoy it almost every weekend. We attend Komet Hockey games at the Coliseum just down the road from the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus. Mad Ants Basketball games, music concerts and other events also take place there. It is worth checking their calendar if you are in town.

    From April to September Tin Caps Baseball is played at the Parkview Field which is a block away from the Botanical Gardens.

    Science Central is just north of the downtown area (open year round with holiday exceptions)

    Close by is The Old Fort. All events are open to the public at no charge. Donations are accepted. For more information call (260) 437-2836. The Old Fort is located at 1201 Spy Run Ave Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
    May 8th
    Annual Education Day
    Friday: 9:00am–2:00pm
    May 9th thru May 10th
    Muster on the St. Mary’s – TIMELINE of Several Centuries
    Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

    Then there is the 3 Rivers Festival (A HUGE week long event taking place downtown in July) and the Johnny Appleseed Festival is always held the third full weekend of September in Johnny Appleseed Park.

    Salomon Farm Park
    817 W. Dupont Rd.
    Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
    “Salomon Farm Park is a true historic farm and a place for walking, biking, bird watching and much more. The Salomons established the farm in 1871, but visitors will notice the endearing 1930’s theme. Stop by for a visit to admire historic buildings, relax at the wetlands, or enjoy our fully paved 1.8 mile trail around the property. ”

    Eagle Marsh wetland, Fox Island, Lakeside Rose Garden

    Great resource: – Find their latest “Fun Times” publication or PDF with all the latest schedule of parks events

    I haven’t even touched on the many coffee roasters and unique coffee shops, a really good variety of non-franchise restaurants and ice cream shops, from burgers (Bravas) to double crust pizzas (Oleys) to Korean to Philadelphia Steak sandwiches (Taste of Philly) to Italian (Casa’s) to Steak House to Vegan fare options at many places . Food trucks and farmer’s markets in the summer months.

    Can you tell, I’m a FAN of The Fort!

    Love your site! Fun things to do and great places to visit!

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