Best Places to Take Visiting Family in Fort Wayne

I love living in Fort Wayne but sadly I live at least 5 hours away from all of my family members.  This means that when my family comes to visit they’re often here for a few days and we have to find things to entertain them.  Our outings vary depending on the time of the year but here are a few ideas to help you keep family busy and still have fun.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Science Central

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Enjoy a day at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – rated Indiana’s #1 “Gotta Do”!

My mom is a big fan of giraffes and there’s no better place to see them up close than at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.  She can feed the giraffe’s and get up close and personal.  The zoo is great fun for children and adults alike.  You don’t want to miss this world class attraction.

When my nieces and nephews are in town we take in Science Central.  It’s a great place for kids to run and explore indoors while learning lots of cool stuff about science.  Science Central is sure to teach the adults a few things too.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

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The Memorial Coliseum is a great venue with a lot going on throughout the year!

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is home to many special events throughout the year including concerts, Expos, and much more.  A family favorite among the women in my family is the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale.  This year it will take place April 9-13 with thousands coming from around the globe.  Be sure to plan your fun in advance.

Summer Festivals

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Venture out to one of the summer’s great festivals downtown.

Fort Wayne is know for it’s festivals at Headwaters Park and throughout Downtown Fort Wayne.  Whether you’re taking in German Fest, Taste of the Arts, Pride Fest, or Three Rivers Festival you’re sure to find something the entire family will enjoy.

Sports

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The Fort Wayne Komets are in season from October – April.

We love our semi-professional sports here in Fort Wayne.  Depending on the time of year, take in a Tincaps baseball game, a Komets Hockey match, or Mad Ants basketball game.  Tickets are reasonable often start at under $10 per person in some cases and all venues provide great up-close access you wouldn’t get at major league stadiums.

Shopping

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Enjoy the fresh air and shop outdoors at Jefferson Pointe.

With retailers like Vera Bradley and DeBrand Fine Chocolates headquartered in Fort Wayne you can bet we love to shop.   Whether you enjoy Glenbrook and Jefferson Point Mall or opt for local delights like the Creative Women of the World Store downtown, spend a day looking for bargains and enjoying time together.

For even more great ideas of what to do with your friends and family from out of town, check out these ideas from Visit Fort Wayne!

Michelle

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Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Tickets are ON SALE!

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Attention all Vera Bradley fans! The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale opens Wednesday, April 9 and closes on Sunday, April 13. The first three days of the sale are ticketed and require pre-purchased tickets. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster, authorized ticketmaster locations and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Anyone wishing to attend the sale and make purchases will need to fill out a free registration form available here. The schedule for the sale is as follows:

Wednesday April 9 – Friday April 11 (tickets required)
Sessions:
7:30am-10am
11am-1:30pm
2:30pm-5pm
6pm-8:30pm

Saturday April 12
8am-8pm

Sunday April 13
10am-5pm

Special note: While tickets are not required for the Saturday and Sunday of the sale, those who wish to make purchases on those days will still need to complete the free registration process.

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To prep for your shopping spree, check out some of these past blogs giving all of the ins and outs of the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale!

Check back in the coming weeks for even more great insider tips, tricks, and sneak peeks at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale! For more information check out Visit Fort Wayne, Vera Bradley and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Katie

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Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Fort Wayne Speaks Podcast – #94.DeBrand Fine Chocolates Factory Tour

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DeBrand Fine Chocolates Factory Tour

This week, our family went on the factory tour at DeBrand Fine Chocolates.  It started out with a short video about the production process from its humble beginning as a cocoa bean to the chocolate candy that we know.  We were guided past the departments that are responsible for creating the variety of tasty fillings, signature collection pieces and completing the final product.  Of course, it was a bonus to have the opportunity to sample some of the most popular chocolates along the way.  Tours cost $5 per person but the good news is that your ticket is good for $5 off of a $10 purchase.  Of course, we couldn’t help getting something for the road.

 

DeBrand Fine Chocolates
10105 Auburn Park Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 969-8333
 
Web:  http://www.debrand.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/debrand
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/debrandfinechoc

Fort Wayne Speaks is a Podcast talk show created by the husband and wife team of David Shearer and Trinity Wilds. Their podcasts cover everything from interviews with local business leaders and innovators, to what’s going on around town – and much more! Check back here every Monday for a new podcast from Fort Wayne Speaks!

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Covington Plaza: A Great Place to Shop

Big shopping malls are great especially when you want to find name brand items but when you’re looking for something a little more unique with local flair check out Covington Plaza on Jefferson Blvd in Fort Wayne.  Here are a few of my favorite stops:

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Stop by The Olive Twist to discover unique olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and more!

Olive Twist

Known for their unique, high quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars the Olive Twist is foodie paradise.

B. Mitchel Fine Jewelry

Known for their beautiful, unique designs B. Mitchel Fine Jewelry will provide you with pieces that will make you stand out.

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Get dressed to the 9′s (or spruce up the man in your life’s wardrobe) at Christopher James Menswear.

Christopher James Menswear

Offering up the very best in Fort Wayne menswear, Christopher James Menswear dresses men with sophistication and style.

Jophiel

Jophiel provides exquisite fashions for Fort Wayne’s best-dressed women offering styles that are elegant and sophisticated

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Relax and unwind at Woodhouse Day Spa!

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Let your cares go and relax in one of Fort Wayne’s best Day Spas.  Woodhouse Day Spa offers a variety of services in a relaxing atmosphere that is sure to bring you peace and rejuvenation

Cap n’ Cork

One of my favorite places to purchase wine, Cap n’ Cork can assist you in finding your favorite adult beverage.  From wine to beer to liquor their selection is as impressive as the knowledge of the team.

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Enjoy a delicious deli lunch, or take a ham home for the holidays at Honey Baked Ham.

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A delicious and delightful meal is sure to be yours at Honey Baked Ham.  Whether you’re stopping in for a sandwich at lunch or picking up their exceptional meats to enjoy at home you’re sure to find something that fits your taste buds.

Chapell’s

Providing some of the freshest seafood in Fort Wayne, Chapel’s will delight your taste buds.  Enjoy their delightful oysters, grilled fish, crab, and lobster paired with one of their signature cocktails or a glass of wine.

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Find the freshest groceries at Fresh Market.

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One of the most popular markets in town, Fresh Market not only provides great produce but also a butcher counter, deli, bakery, and groceries often hard to find in other places.

Other great places found in Covington Plaza are Belyst, Cakes Boutique, Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant, Catablu Grille, The Monogram Shoppe – and more! For more ideas to shop ’til you drop in Fort Wayne check out the Visit Fort Wayne shopping page!

Michelle

About

Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Winterfest Market Joins Fort Wayne Winter Farmers Market Scene

The newest market in town is set for a great start in 2014. Winterfest Market began in the fall and will be in full swing this year through May! Winterfest Market takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through May 10 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, located at 2410 Fairfield, on Fort Wayne’s south side. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Here you will find locally grown produce, jams and jellies, coffee, baked goods, spices and more. The market is not limited to food though. Vendors also sell crafts and homemade items such as soaps, lotions, jewelry and other items.

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Help support this market in it’s first year by attending, and support the local regional economy through your purchase. Follow the Winterfest Market on Facebook to stay updated on vendor offerings and cancellations if weather is inclement. Alternatively you can email or call market organizers at 260.420.1943 or winterfestfortwayne@gmail.com.

Insider Tip: Also, while you are there consider a separate visit just to the museum. For more information the Karpeles Manuscript Library and the rich history this museum has to offer check out Kayleen’s post.

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Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.