Fort Wayne Apple Trail
Fall is synonymous with apples in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Grab your family and get ready to eat, discover, and explore the Fort Wayne Apple Trail.
From apple orchards to the tales of Johnny Appleseed and his heritage, explore the destinations along the Fort Wayne Apple Trail.
◯ Explore the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo (open until October 29) and see if the Red Pandas, Giraffes, primates, or other animals are nibbling on some apples! Take a picture of these animals or in front of the classic Zoo sign!
◯ Grab a basket and head to a Fort Wayne Apple Orchard to pick your favorite variety. Snap a photo in the orchard or show us your apple bounty!
◯ Lace up your running shoes and participate in the Hot Cider Hustle on October 28! All participants receive a shirt, hot cider, a caramel apple and a finishers mug!
◯ Check out the Johnny Appleseed Festival for eighteenth century reenactors, fall fun, and tons of apple treats.
◯ Bite into a DeBrand Fine Chocolates Caramel Apple for a delicious luxury – apples available in October.
◯ Fall is not complete without a s’more – make your own Fort Wayne S’more with your DeBrand Fine Chocolates Caramel Apple or an apple from your orchard visit! Add a slice of apple to your regular s’more and celebrate Fort Wayne’s connection with Johnny Appleseed.
◯ Enjoy a nice helping of Apple Pie Baked Beans from Shigs in Pit – they won’t disappoint.
◯ Order a Caramel Apple Latte, Hot Spiced Cider, or Smashing Pumpkin Chai for your morning pick me up at the Firefly Coffee House.
◯ Sip on some tea with Green Apple Boba pearls from the Local Apple Cart at Union Street Market.
◯ Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge, and Ice Cream Shop, a locally owned and operated high quality confections destination in Fort Wayne, offers many amazing Fall treats! Start with any of the SIX varieties of our Perfect Caramel Apple dipped in Caramel made in the Copper Kettle. Continue your sweet Fall excursion with Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie Ice Creams in a warm homemade waffle cone, hand-crafted S'mores made with our Kilwins Heritage Chocolate, Fall-themed chocolate-dipped cookies, six varieties of our made-in-store Mackinac Island style Fudge, and many other delicious Fall Treats!
◯ The Sassy Vegan will feature vegan and gluten free Apple Cider donuts.
◯ Davey’s Delicious Bagels is serving up a steamed bagel with strawberry cream cheese, apple slices, honey, and cinnamon sugar.
◯ Head to The Donut Experiment for an Apple Pie Donut, paired with a Pumpkin Spice Latte or iced coffee.
Any time of year
◯ Journey through time and explore sites, landmarks, and people that made their mark on Fort Wayne’s history, including sites with Johnny Appleseed heritage. You can also listen to the stories of these locations and compare historic photos along the Allen County Historic Sites trail.
◯ Explore the Old Fort grounds and keep a lookout for an apple tree – it's a descendant of an original tree planted by John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed.
◯ Take the Native Trees of Indiana River Walk on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus, and see if you can spot the native Indiana apple tree.
◯ Step into the Genealogy Center and discover the family history of Johnny Appleseed. Ask a genealogist for help, and learn how to discover your own family history while you are there.
◯ Get the perfect selfie at the Hyde Brothers Booksellers Mural – can you find Johnny Appleseed in the mural?
◯ Shop for Johnny's Applejack soap from the Old Fort Soap at the YLNI Farmers Market.
◯ Discover the history of Johnny Appleseed at The History Center! Snap a photo of Johnny Appleseed’s flask or their beautiful building!
◯ Take a seat with the Johnny Appleseed sculpture. Located at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, this sculpture is a great photo opportunity!
◯ Visit the Johnny Appleseed gravesite located in the Johnny Appleseed Park. Visitors sometimes like to leave apples to pay tribute!
21 and older
◯ Copper Spoon will be opening a Nightmare Before Miracle tent in October and we will have a Hot Cider Cocktail, and inside we always have a fresh Apple Martini.
◯ Pull up a seat at Kekionga Craft Company, or at their booth at Union Street Market for their Kekionga Old Bicorne Cider. Get $1 off draft pours of hard cider on Mondays and Tuesdays all season long as well as candied apples and caramel apples, along with fresh cider slushies at the Union Street Market location.
◯ Visit Country Heritage Winery for their seasonal flavors as well as hard ciders perfect for fall weather and sweater season. Available all day every day starting September 22nd.
◯ Taste Indiana sourced ciders and meads at Ambrosia Orchard, Cidery, and Meadery. Plus, the facility is family-friendly and perfect for a fall afternoon.
◯ For our sour fans, you'll want to try Mad Anthony Brewing's classic Apple Tart Kettle Sour.
◯ Stop by el Azteca for frozen pumpkin margaritas starting October 1.
Did we miss anything?
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Find additional fall fun in Fort Wayne at VisitFortWayne.com/fall