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!
◯ Visit the home of TinCaps Baseball at Parkview Field. Catch a game April to September, or snap a picture with the Johnny TinCap bobble-head and score some gear in the Apple Orchard gift shop!
◯ 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 10! 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.
◯ 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 or Smashing Pumpkin Chai for your morning pick me up at the Firefly Coffee House.
◯ Try a Caramel Apple Burger from Bravas.
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.
◯ Relax after a day of exploring, and head to HT2 to sip on their Apple Butter Old Fashioned.
◯ Take a tour at Three Rivers Distilling Company and saddle up to the bar for one of their Fall drinks: Karen's Puch, a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned, or Jack Rose. Whily you're there, be sure to order a Caramel Apple Waffle for the perfect fall brunch.
◯ Taste Indiana sourced ciders and meads at Ambrosia Orchard, Cidery, and Meadery. Plus, the facility is family-friendly and perfect for a fall afternoon.
◯ Mix up your fall with a Johnny's Juice at el Azteca — this Johnny Appleseed inspired margarita will be available through October.
*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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Find additional fall fun in Fort Wayne at VisitFortWayne.com/fall