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Fort Wayne with Kids

Things to Do in Fort Wayne with Kids

Pack Up and Head to Fort Wayne

I recently found myself in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is not a place I’d ever visited before, and it really wasn’t on my radar. Other than driving by on my way to Indianapolis, Fort Wayne hadn’t crossed my mind.

Now, though, after spending a weekend exploring this new-to-me town, I’m excited to take my whole family back for a easy-on-us weekend away. Clocking in at just about 2.5 hours in the car, it’s an easy weekend trip. And bonus- I found that many of my Grand Rapids memberships offered reciprocal benefits in Fort Wayne!

Here’s my list of fun things to do in Fort Wayne with kids:

*Some attraction passes were provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Top 7 Things to Do in Fort Wayne with Kids

Fort Wayne with Kids

Spend an Afternoon at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Open late April – October, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be the first stop on my list when I get back to Fort Wayne.

The zoo isn’t gigantic, but that is one of it’s assets. You can easily spend an afternoon exploring and not be utterly exhausted when you’re done. The quality of the exhibits and the diversity of animals at the zoo are to be commended as well.

The Jungle Dome Aviary, complete with bird identification cards, lets your kids seek and find flying creatures of all colors.

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And sea lions frolicking at feeding time are another sight to be seen.

How sweet is this?

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Really, you’re in for a treat if you’re looking for a lovely zoo experience. Some of the other must-see animals at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo include:

  • lions
  • tigers
  • giraffes
  • red pandas
  • orangutans
  • leopards
  • zebras
  • kangaroos
  • monkeys
  • and more!


The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo participates in reciprocal member benefits with John Ball Zoo. Members of JBZ will be admitted to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo at 50% off admission prices. Call the zoo to confirm exact benefits before arriving: 260-427-6800

Get a Yummi Bunni

What is the magical concotion offered by Yummi Bunni??

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It’s a bun – stuffed with ice cream. Or a donut stuffed with ice cream. Call it what you will, they are masters at magical concoctions and are so popular that there’s usually a line out the door.

Check out the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market

I’m seriously considering driving to Fort Wayne just to go to their farmer’s market. If you learn one thing from me today, it’s this: BRING A COOLER!

I found myself at Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market and was kicking myself at each station for not having a way to safely transport cold items home. The prices on their grass-fed, locally raised meat, eggs, cheese and produce were drive-worthy. And, I can attest to the flavors, as we sampled meat, cheese and other yums while shopping.

My daughter was a big fan of the pastries!

Fort Wayne with kids Farmers Market

Fort Wayne with kids Farmers Market

Watch a Baseball Game at Parkview Field

The people of Fort Wayne knew what they were doing when they planted  Parkview Field in downtown.. This is where the TinCaps play and it’s just magical. Summer nights lounging on the grass under the big lights… I can just smell the hotdogs… watching a game here would be a great addition to your Fort Wayne Weekend away and it’s on my list for a return trip.

Fort Wayne with kids baseball

Ride the Giant Slide and Get Hands On at Science Central

Science Central is where kids go to play and learn with science. The gigantic slide is fast… so fast they made my daughter wear a lab coat on her trip down.

Fort Wayne with Kids Science Central

Lots of hands-on experiences fill Science Central.

Fort Wayne with Kids Science Central

Plan to spend a few hours exploring at this fun destination.

BONUS: Science Central is a part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program, which means that a Grand Rapids Public Museum Membership gets you free Science Central admission for two adults and their children (living at the same address). This is subject to change; call ahead to confirm current offerings.

Visit the Historic Old Fort

What would Fort Wayne be without a fort? That’s what the good people of Fort Wayne thought when they reconstructed the Historic Old Fort.

The Old Fort is located on public park grounds and you’re invited to wander around and into the parade grounds. The buildings themselves are only open during events  so be sure to check out the 2017 schedule brochure while planning your trip. You can also take a Virtual Tour to learn more about the Historic Old Fort grounds.

Fort Wayne with kids

Walk the Town and Walk the Trails

Fort Wayne was made for walkers. And bikers. And anyone else who likes to get outside.

With the extensive Fort Wayne Trail System, you’ll find plenty of trails weaving in and out of the city.

Plan time to meander and take in the city on your weekend away and let me know what you discover!

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Fort Wayne with kids

Fort Wayne with kids

Fort Wayne with kids

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