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 and follow Pedal City on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information.

Heather Closson


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.

Discover a new sport at the Fort Wayne Curling Club

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Curlers compete on a 150 x 15 ft sheet of ice.

One of my favorite aspects of blogging is finding the hidden or overlooked gems of Fort Wayne.  The Fort Wayne Curling Club is one of them.  The club, founded in 2010, recently purchased and renovated a facility in a strip center off Wells Street. Although rather unassuming(there is minimal signage), I assure you there is a lot going on inside.

The facility includes locker rooms, a social area (with a few taps) and a large ice rink, where most of the action happens.  Ruthie, a board member and curler herself, was nice enough to show me around. She told me the recent Winter Olympic Games piqued the public’s interest in the sport. The club decided to take advantage of the attention by hosting “learn to curl sessions.” As many as 400 people came out to give the sport a try.

As for the sport itself,  it’s fairly simple, but yet requires patience and skill.  Players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric rings. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game. Points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.

Win or lose, both teams unite for a brew or two. Ruthie shared an interesting tidbit with me: The winning team buys the defeated team a round of drinks. (That explains the taps.) The sport really is rooted in goodwill. I found this to be true when I observed a team of medical residents playing an intramural game. They really seemed to be having a good time out there.

According to Ruthie, this sport is for all ages and abilities. The sport is just about the mental aspect as the physical. There is a lot of strategy involved. Consistency is key.

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Sharing a post game brew is customary.

The monthly Learn to Curl sessions make a great introduction to the game.   The cost for each session is only $10 per person.  Ages 10-80 are welcome. The session consists of 30 minutes of off-ice instruction followed by 2 hours on the ice.  During the first hour, we will teach you the techniques of delivering the stone and sweeping.  In the second hour, you will play a game against other new curlers. No special equipment is needed.  The Fort Wayne Curling Club will provide everything that you need.  Just bring a clean pair of athletic shoes (please wear a separate pair of shoes into the building), dress in layers, and bring your sense of humor.

If playing isn’t your thing, you can catch plenty of action as a spectator. The club hosts several tournaments during the season, which runs from September to April. For a schedule of upcoming events, see the Fort Wayne Curling Club website. 


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website:

Eclectic Dining Fun at The Dash-In

  One of downtown Fort Wayne’s most popular dining spots, The Dash-In, has recently become one of my favorite hotspots, too, for several reasons.

Contrary to its name, The Dash-In is very persuasive in getting customers to stay for awhile.  Its eclectic interior features both old-building fixtures and contemporary, local artwork on the walls.  This blend of old and new is my personal flair, but there are more reasons than just the décor that keep me returning to The Dash-In.

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Duck Melt and Tomato Bisque

The food, first of all, is amazingly savory!  The sandwiches I’ve had taste fresh and don’t leave a greasy feeling in my mouth, which tends to happen elsewhere.    One of my personal favorites, so far, is the Duck Melt, which I ordered with a bowl of Tomato Bisque.  Everything about the sandwich and soup was delicious and filling, and I will probably order it again.

The menu is fairly extensive for lunch, dinner and drinks.  The website here explains the drink and meal choices and provides more photos of the interior.

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The Dash-In is renowned for its savory food menu and bountiful drink flavors.

If you ever need a jolt to wake you up, I highly recommend the Espresso Malt. As per the restaurant’s funky personality, it’s served in a glass Bell jar – another fun touch.

I really appreciate the long tables and Wi-fi so that I can bring work with me as I eat.  The staff is very friendly, too, which is a major factor in the restaurant’s returning clientele.

No matter if you’re dining for the first time or stopping by on your regular routine, you’re always welcome at The Dash-In!

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The Espresso Malt is one of my favorite coffee drinks in the Fort!

The Dash-In is located at 814 S. Calhoun St., downtown.  You can also find it on Facebook here and on its website here, and you give them a call at 260-423-3595.


Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Closed Sunday

Amanda Reusser


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.

Get in on these Food and Drink Specials

If you’re anything like me, you love a good deal. You’re in luck, as many Fort Wayne establishments offer food and drink specials throughout the week. Here are a few highlights:

Main St. Bistro & Martini Lounge: This downtown is a favorite for an after-work cocktail or weekend get together with friends. Come out on Monday night from 5-9 pm for $5 martinis, craft beers or wine.  Tell them we sent you!

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Henry’s goes beyond typical bar food.

Henry’s: If you’re looking for something on the heavier side (i.e. comfort food), Henry’s is the place to go on Mondays.  Insider’s Tip: Get there pretty early in the evening because once it’s gone, it’s gone…until next week.

Catablu Grille: Catablu is one of my favorite places in town for upscale dining. In addition to the hip atmosphere and great service, their wine list is pretty impressive. Enjoy $2.00 off martinis on Mondays and 20% off bottles of wine on Wednesdays.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co.: Mad Anthony has become a staple of the Fort Wayne dining scene.  A cool, laid back atmosphere, full food menu, weekly live music, and diverse menu make it a draw for diners of all ages. Enjoy half price pints (brewed on site) on Mondays. I recommend the Gabby Blonde.

Ziffle’s Rib Bar: Ziffle’s Rib Bar has grown from a humble pizza joint to a full-blown family restaurant.  Over the years, owners Todd & Marcia Dennis, have added many delicious menu items and fine tuned the perfect recipe for goodness.  You can’t go to Ziffle’s without trying their ribs. Come in on Tuesdays for the $5.55 rib tip special!

TinCaps: Although not technically a restaurant, the TinCaps is worth mentioning. Starting April 1, enjoy $1.00 domestic draft beer and other drink specials throughout the season on Thursday nights. Bring the whole family for a great night out!

For even more great dining options in Fort Wayne, check out our full list of restaurants here!


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website:

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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


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.