Don't let cold weather freeze your trip to Fort Wayne! There's plenty of ways to enjoy the chilly temperatures outdoors or inside. Here are our suggestions for what to do if you're visiting Fort Wayne in the winter months.
Even though it's cold, there's still plenty to do outdoors in Fort Wayne. Try cross country skiing at Fox Island or Metea County Park if there's more than four inches of snow on the ground; call ahead or check online to confirm the trails are open. You can bring your own skis or rent from the parks at $6/hour for adults or $5/hour for kids. Ski clinics are held to teach the basics of cross country skiing and ski maintenance, so call ahead to see if one is available during your visit to Fort Wayne. Metea County Park also has a great hill for sledding, so bring your sleds, intertubes or other sled substitute for a fun time. Don't forget to enjoy the classic outdoor winter activities-build a snowman, make some snow angel or build a snow fort at any one of our 86 parks!
Don't miss ice skating at Headwaters Park in this outdoor, but covered, ice rink. There is an admission fee and a skate rental fee. After you finish playing outside, read our Insider Blogger's recommendations for the best wintertime treats here.
To learn more about Fort Wayne's past, visit The History Center to learn about the roots of Fort Wayne. Even the building is historic-the museum resides in the original Fort Wayne City Hall building constructed in 1893. To learn more about your own family history, stop by the Genealogy Center at the Downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library. One of the largest public genealogy collections in the country, the library has friendly staff willing to help you explore your family tree. While you're in town, be sure to visit the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The museum has a large permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions all year long. There is free admission on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m. and $1 admission the last Saturday of the month.
If the weather's a problem, you'll still have no problem finding fun indoor activities. Stop by Science Central for science fun and learning! Feel what it's like to jump on the moon, experience science in a live demonstration, interact with a tidal pool, and much more. The whole family will love spending time at the Ft. Wayne Farmers Market Indoor Winter Market, which takes place at the Lincoln Financial Event Center every other Saturday from October to May. Browse local farmers and artisans' work, or catch a food demonstration or local entertainment. Other great indoor attractions include Lazer X, Crazy Pinz, the Roller Dome, Ultrazone and Sky Zone.
For sports fans, you can't miss Fort Wayne winter sports. We have been ranked as one of the #1 Minor League Sports Towns in America. Mad Ants basketball games are fun for the whole community at the Memorial Coliseum. This NBA D-League Team is part of the NBA's official minor league and is an affiliate of the Indianapolis Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic. More sports fun comes at Komets hockey games, also at the Memorial Coliseum. Their regular season runs from late October through the middle of April. Most tickets are $10-20 per game.
Wherever your interests lie, Fort Wayne has plenty of things going on-despite the frigid Midwest temperatures! Visit our Calendar of Events for a full list of things to do during your stay in Fort Wayne!