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, Indiana Apple Trail.

From apple orchards to the tales of Johnny Appleseed and his heritage, explore 10 destinations along the Fort Wayne Apple Trail and receive a FREE t-shirt.*


◯  Johnny Appleseed Festival, September 21 - 22, 2019 - a period-authentic festival featuring food, games, markets, reenactments and more. Take a picture with a Johnny Appleseed reenactor or a classic Johnny Appleseed treat!

◯  Get your baseball mitt ready for some affordable family fun, with $6 lawn seats at a TinCaps Baseball Game (regular season April to September). Take a picture with a TinCaps Player, Johnny TinCap or with your Apple Cart treat!

◯  Explore the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo (open April to October) 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 November 11! All participants receive a shirt, hot cider, a caramel apple and a finishers mug!


◯  Bite into a DeBrand Fine Chocolates Caramel Apple for a delicious luxury – apples available in October.

◯  Enjoy a nice helping of Apple Pie Baked Beans from Shigs in Pit – they won’t disappoint.

◯  Pick up a dozen Rise’n Roll (north or southwest) apple-filled donuts or an apple fritter for a scrumptious morning treat!

◯  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.


◯  Order a Caramel Apple Latte for your morning pick me up at the Firefly Coffee House.

Any time of year

◯  Explore the Old Fort grounds and keep a lookout for an apple tree – 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?

◯  Discover the history of Johnny Appleseed at The History Center! Snap a photo of Johnny Appleseed’s flask or their beautiful building!

21 and older

◯  Pull up a seat at Kekionga Cider Mill for their Kekionga Old Bicorne Cider, also found at Firefly Coffee House.

◯  Relax after a day of exploring, and head to HT2 to sip on their Apple Pie Moonshine. Cocktail available October 2.

◯  Take a tour and taste Three Rivers Distilling Company’s Caramel Single Malt Whiskey, available after September 1 at their Tasting Room.

◯  Relax at Wine Down with some of their great seasonal cocktails. Last year’s cocktails included marshmallow and green apple fernet sours, and warm hot cider cocktails – menu may vary.

◯  Add an Apple Cider Mule, featuring Kekionga Old Bicorne Hard Apple Cider, to your order at Sweet Lou’s.

*Get creative and share 10 of these stops on social media using #appletrailfw. Then, stop in at the Fort Wayne Visitors Center, located in downtown Fort Wayne at 927 S. Harrison Street, to collect your Apple Trail reward. The Visitors Center staff may ask to see your posts/pictures as proof of completion!

If you do not have social media, feel free to show the Visitors Center staff photo proof of your 10 stops to receive your free t-shirt.

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