Tour Fort Wayne with Pedal City

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New to Fort Wayne? So is Pedal City! Whether you’re planning a trip to Fort Wayne or are a native of the area, Pedal City can help you to see the city from a new perspective. Each pedal cart (similar to the one pictured below) seats 8-15 individuals and is operated by you, the rider! Don’t worry about having to steer, though- your reservation will come with a designated driver that will navigate you through Downtown Fort Wayne on a predetermined route. For visitors, Pedal City has route options available. For locals, Pedal City is open to designing a new route that allows you to include some old favorites.

For riders of age, wine and beer are permitted on board (BYOB). However, younger riders are permitted and encouraged to ride. Tours are typically 2 hours in length, but they can and will book longer tours if requested. Hours of operation are 10 AM – 12 AM Sunday thru Thursday and 10 AM – 1 AM Friday thru Sunday.

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Some call it “a bar on a bike;” others see it as a way to have a group outing with their organization. Either way, this unique way to adventure through Fort Wayne is sure to be a success. Spring and summer are just around the corner. If you’re interested in touring the town with a group of friends, family, or coworkers, visit their booking page for more pricing information or give them a call at (260) 415-6167.

Be sure to visit pedalcityfw.com and follow Pedal City on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information.

Heather Closson

About

Heather Closson is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Dance Performance, but is thrilled to make her return to Fort Wayne. She currently performs with dAnce.Kontemporary, teaches at a local dance studio, and choreographs for schools and theatres throughout the state. Outside of the "dance world," Heather is an experienced event coordinator, content writer, public speaker, and a social media/digital marketing enthusiast. Likes: coffee, traveling, politics, grilled cheese, nonprofit organizations, hiking, and cats- even though she doesn't have one.

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary- for the Love of Animals

harrison copy 223x300 Black Pine Animal Sanctuary  for the Love of AnimalsJust under an hour northwest of Fort Wayne is one of the best places in the country to visit if you’re an animal lover. Nestled on 18 acres of hills and pine forest is Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Ind. Black Pine is home to almost one-hundred displaced exotic animals.

It’s not a zoo and doesn’t operate as one. Think of it as a forever home for rescued animals. In their own words, “We do not buy, sell, trade, or breed animals, or use them for commercial gain.” Black Pine takes in and gives refuge to captive-raised animals that were not meant to be privately-owned domestic pets.

“Are you a zoo?” It  is one of the most frequently asked questions of Black Pine. Here is their answer:

What makes Black Pine different from a zoo is that the animals that reside here were not acquired for exhibition or breeding. Our residents are not allowed or encouraged to multiply, and we do not seek them out to enhance the “visitor experience.”  Most of our residents were born and raised in captivity either as pets or performers.  In many cases the animals have experienced intimate relationships with their human caregivers, which enables visitors to Black Pine to observe them more intimately than most zoo animals.  Most of our residents would not be accepted by zoos because they cannot participate in breeding programs due to lack of records proving the quality of their genetics; or zoos simply do not want or “need” them so will not accept them.  In many cases, Black Pine is an animal’s “last chance.”  Our animal residents all have names and personal histories that our staff enjoy sharing with visitors to help inform and influence responsible pet ownership and conservation.  The animals enjoy relationships with the staff who care for them and will almost always come up close to see who is visiting.  We will never allow any interaction with potentially dangerous animals, or do anything that would expand the exotic pet trade.  Our knowledgeable, caring volunteer staff are always on hand to answer visitor questions.  We also offer staff-guided tours each day of our regular summer season as well as field trips by appointment.  We strive to provide excellent animal care above and beyond all else.

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Taz is a North American Black Bear

One of the coolest things about Black Pine is its educational program. My daughter was able to attend one of the Kids Camps last summer, and she was begging to go again this year as soon as she got home! The camps are for kids ages 3-12 and are  half-day sessions. At only $15 each, they are well worth the money, especially when you know it’s going towards the care of the animals.

Speaking of the animals, here’s what you can expect to see on your visit:

  • North American Black Bears
  • Foxes (Arctic, Gray and Silver)
  • Grey/Timber Wolves
  • Primates (Baboons, Chimpanzees and others)
  • Birds (Ostriches, Emus and others)
  • Cats (Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Servals and others)
  • Reptiles (Pythons, Alligators, Tortoises and others)
  • Others, including donkeys, fallow deer and Pot-Bellied Pigs)

Black Pine does not have regular daily hours, so it’s important to check out their calendar before you plan your visit.

Saturday, May 3rd is opening day. General Visitation offers the option of touring at your leisure and is available on Saturdays and Sundays only in May, September and October, as well as weekdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. General Visitation ends at 3:00p.m daily.

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Ozzie is an Arctic Marble Fox

Other options include:

Sanctuary Tours- These guided tours last approximately 90 minutes and are offered Saturdays and Sundays in May, September and October beginning at 11:00 a.m.  They are also offered weekdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day at 11:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m.

Feeding Tours- These tours last approximately 90 minutes, and can go up to two hours, and are offered ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays from May through October beginning promptly at 3:00 p.m.  This exclusive tour is the only option for visitors after 3:00 p.m.

Private Tours- These tours, offered by appointment only, are available between November and May and are for ages 10 and up only, due to ‘behind the scenes’ content included in this exclusive, in-depth tour.

Group Tours- Summer youth groups, families, companies, and other groups wishing to visit are encouraged to call our office to discuss options.

Field Trips- Field trip programs are intended for area schools and other traditional educational institutions seeking to satisfy various Indiana Academic Standards requirements.  These programs are generally available by appointment during late April, May, September and October, weather and staff permitting.

For more details such as pricing and availability, please contact Black Pine directly.

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
1426 W. 300 N.
P.O. Box 02
Albion, IN 46701
(260) 636-7383
Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Green Day’s Groundbreaking Rock Opera Musical Comes to Fort Wayne – and You Can WIN TICKETS!

Calling all Green Day fans – this is an event you will not want to miss. Not local to Fort Wayne, Indiana? Begin planning your trip and an overnight stay today for this April event!

On April 22, Fort Wayne’s own Embassy Theatre will host a production of American Idiot, a rock opera based on Green Day’s rock opera album of the same name. This musical includes famous Green Day hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.” The musical tells the story of three friends who must pick between the safety of suburban life and pursuing their dreams.

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The Embassy Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Fort Wayne and within walking distance of both the Courtyard by Marriott and the Fort Wayne Hilton, two local hotels. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are available via Ticketmaster.com, in person at the theatre box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at 800.745.3000.

A review in The New York Times described American Idiot as “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Don’t miss it!

Insider Tip: This show contains adult content and strong language. Make this event a night out for adults, not children.

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the American Idiot contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win an overnight hotel stay, 2 tickets to the show – plus much more!

About

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.

Have an Artful Experience at Artlink!

artlink Have an Artful Experience at Artlink!    If you’re an art lover and find yourself in the downtown Arts District, make Artlink a must-do during your stay in Fort Wayne!

This art museum is situated in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture building with Pembroke Bakery & Café and the Fort Wayne Ballet, across the street from the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.  The spacious gallery features visual artwork from local, regional and national artists.  (I recognized some high school acquaintances’ names in the gallery.)

I stopped into Artlink one gray, rainy day for a pick-me-up; I thought bright colors and new exhibits would cheer my spirits.  And they did!  I had so much fun looking at the Miniatures Collection, analyzing the huge, acrylic canvases of abstract art, and studying mixed media works – my favorite art form!

One of the Artlink employees, an artist herself, took time to explain one artist’s complex process for the photography exhibition.  She also showed me some locally-made handicrafts in the glass display case.  I bought a pair of mismatched earrings to match my personal, Bohemian fashion style!

She gave me information on the current exhibition, featuring an annual postcard show, a local artists’ sketchbook display, and a collection of artists’ interpretations of a carnival theme. (Click here for more details about past, present and upcoming art exhibitions.)  As I left, I heard her informing a group of college women about the diverse classes and parties that Artlink offers students and adults.

I had an enjoyable time perusing Artlink for the first time, and the staff really does go out of their way to inform you about what’s happening there.  So, if you need a bit of inspiration for you and your family and friends, I recommend checking out the art diversity that Artlink has to offer!

Visit Artlink in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture building at 300 E. Main St., on Facebook here, or on the website.

260-424-7195

Hours:

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Amanda Reusser

About

Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

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Amanda Reusser
Amanda Reusser
April 2nd, 2014
You're welcome! :)
Suzanne Galazka
April 2nd, 2014
Thanks for the kind words about Artlink!

Kick off the Snow Boots and Get Outside – Spring is Coming!

It’s no secret that we here in Fort Wayne have endured a long and arduous winter. Piles upon piles of snow, too many school delays and closures to count and, if you’re like me, you have kids (and moms!) who are sick of being indoors!  Not to worry, spring is slowly beginning to arrive, and with it, many excellent outdoor adventures await. Below are just a few that are on my family’s list.

TinCaps!

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Parkview Field

Fort Wayne Tin Caps games are fun for the whole family. In fact, whenever I have friends and family visiting from out of town this time of year, a Tin Caps game is always on the agenda. Parkview Field is jam-packed with kid-friendly activities, not to mention the great baseball team! Tickets start at just $5, and there are many different choices when it comes to food and drink. Bring some blankets and relax on the lawn, grab a traditonal seat or lounge around in one of the many other spacious areas.

Opening Night:  The Tin Caps kick off their 2014 season on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Parkview Field is located at 1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Call: (260) 482-6400

 

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

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Bill the Lion is a favorite at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

This one is a given, no matter what. Opening day is Saturday, April 26, 2014. The zoo is a local and regional favorite, voted Indiana’s #1 summer attraction in 2012. It is spacious, green and lush, with 38 acres of fun. You can feed the giraffes, take a ride over the African Safari and, my personal favorite, hang out with the orangutans in the Indonesian Rainforest.  A special activity the very next day, Sunday, April 27th,  is the Party for the Planet, where kids can take part in various earth-friendly activities from noon until 3:00 p.m. The zoo has plenty of vendors throughout to ensure that you can spend the whole day there without a care in the world. If you’ve never been, what are you waiting for??

Plan your trip to the zoo by visiting here.

Date: Opens for the season on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Place: 3411 Sherman Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN   46808

Call: (260) 427-6800

Cost: $14.00 Adults/ $10.50 Seniors 60+/ $9.00 Children (2-18)/  Babies age 1 & under free

 

Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh

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Eagle Marsh is a part of the Little River Wetlands Project

My kids and I checked this out for the first time last year, and it was a major hit! This family-friendly event features displays by local conservation and nature groups, educational activities at stations along a trail through the Marsh, conservation presentations,  planting of native plants, a farmers’ market and best of all, hawks and owls from the Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rescue.

Eagle Marsh, a part of the Little River Wetlands Project,  is a 716-acre wetland preserve located on the southwest border of the city. Eight miles of trails allow hikers to access the preserve’s varied habitats of shallow-water wetland,with almost 200 kinds of birds and numerous other wild creatures including bald eagles.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN   46804

Cost: Free

 

The 3rd Annual Fort 4 Fitness Spring Cycle

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Get your cylce on!

Bring the bikes out of the garage, basement, or wherever they have been gathering dust this winter, and get ready for some healthy fun for everyone! The Spring Cycle is for the whole family and is the perfect way to kickstart an active season.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time: Begins at 9:30 a.m

Place: 300 E. Main at Arts United campus

Choose from Three Tours:  Short – 18 miles; Medium  - 33 miles; Long – 43 miles

Register: March 1, 2014 – May 14, 2014

Cost: Ages 17 & over – $20/  Ages 12-16 – $10/ Ages 11 and under – Free

 

Foster Park

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Foster Park in the springtime

And, finally, the place where my family seems to end up on most spring days- Foster Park. Foster Park is located just southwest of downtown, at 3900 Old Mill Road. Its 255 acres include a golf course, walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, pavilions and a playground. Around April, the park comes alive with brilliant swaths of color as the tulips, daffodils and other flowers begin to bloom. Foster Park is truly an oasis!

For even more springy ideas, check out suggestions from Visit Fort Wayne here!

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

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Wendy Sack
Wendy Sack
March 28th, 2014
Love Eagle Marsh! The kids really enjoy going and seeing how many different animals they can spot.
Susan Stahl
March 27th, 2014
Thanks for including Eagle Marsh on this list. It's truly a gem in the Fort is is often overlooked. I mean seriously, we have a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Ft. Wayne! How magical is that?