Any trip to Fort Wayne starts at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Named one of the "top ten zoos in the nation," the Children's Zoo offers over 1,500 animals on 42 acres-and countless activities to fill the day. In fact, there are rides in every part of the zoo!
Families are encouraged to "tickle the tress in the treetops" on the Sky Safari in the African Journey, travel through the Australian Outback on a river log ride, and trek through the Indonesian Rain Forest! This summer, you can hand-feed giraffes, get nose-to-nose with a lion, and pet a stingray at one of Indiana's great treasures - the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
Fort Wayne also offers dozens of other great museums and entertainment options, from Science Central, where you can test your imagination (and the rules of gravity!) in a hands-on laboratory - to the Botanical Conservatory, where families wander through a sea of lush gardens and tranquil waterfalls, and take in exciting new exhibits with every season. Even our Museum of Art offers hands-on activities for the kids!
And in the evening, you'll want to head downtown to a TinCaps baseball game. Set in a breathtaking downtown park setting, a TinCaps game is truly fun for the whole family - and seats on the grass start at just $5. Plan your trip around any one of their over 70 home games and you'll be guaranteed to leave a fan!
Younger kids also enjoy Fort Wayne's many great parks - most include interactive spraygrounds to cool down on those hot days! Be sure to bring your bikes and travel one of the family-friendly routes!
And, be sure to plan your trip around one of these great festival or special events!
And of course you'll need a relaxing hotel with all of the comfort and amenities to help you feel right at home, at a price that fits your budget. With over 50 choices, from luxurious full-service hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, Fort Wayne has just the place for you relax, unwind, and take a dip in the pool!
If you have older kids, you'll want to add some more action to the mix! Why not try laser tag at Lazer X, Combat Ops Arena, or Ultrazone, or check out the bowling, arcade and laser tag mecca at Crazy Pinz?
You'll also enjoy hang time at one of our malls and entertainment centers. North of downtown, you'll find Glenbrook Square, Indiana's largest indoor shopping mall. And west of the city, you'll find Jefferson Pointe, an open-air lifestyle center, anchored by great shops, restaurants, and a 18-screen theatre that now features an IMAX!
Check out more fun for families with teens here.
With all of the great attractions, festivals and family-friendly activities, Fort Wayne was recently named as one of the Best Cities in the U.S. to visit with kids on a Travelocity® blog. See the full list.