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 and enter to win a t-shirt.*
◯ Explore the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo (open until October 31) 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 31! 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.
Any time of year
◯ 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?
◯ 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
◯ Pull up a seat at Kekionga Cider Mill for their Kekionga Old Bicorne Cider.
◯ 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.
*Get creative and share a photo using #appletrailfw to be entered to win an Apple Trail shirt. Contest ends October 31.
If you do not have social media, feel free to send your photo of proof to Marketing@VisitFortWayne.com.
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Find additional fall fun in Fort Wayne at VisitFortWayne.com/fall