Among the buildings and one-way streets, unique and exciting experiences await in the urban core of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Whether you are an architecture buff, art connoisseur or discerning foodie, the city has plenty to offer so that you can create your own adventure.
The Perfect Downtown Fort Wayne Itineraries
From Castle Gallery to the west and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art on the east, downtown Fort Wayne is home to a number of galleries that showcase traditional art and modern, traveling shows to permanent exhibits.
For the spring adventurer, art lovers can bask in Spring Splendor through June 2. Stroll down West Wayne Street to the Allen County Public Library, and peek inside the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery (900 Library Plaza). The Artlink Contemporary Gallery (300 E. Main St.) has daring exhibits from Heather Parrish and Amanda Lilleston through June 22. At the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (311 E. Main St.), let your eyes wander at contemporary photographs, brilliant cut glass and other inspired pieces.
As you make your way through the galleries, be sure to check out some of the public art displays around the city. From murals to the sculpture outside the library, there's plenty to entertain the eye - and opportunities to snap a selfie!
Fort Wayne is home to a community of creative artists who are passionate about the same thing: craft beer and spirits.
Whether you want to hop on a pub crawl tour with Pedal City or map your own route, there are plenty of stops to make. Junk Ditch Brewing Co. (1825 W. Main St.), Mad Anthony Brewing Co. (2002 Broadway), Summit City Brewerks (1501 E. Berry St.) and Three Rivers Distilling Co. (224 E. Wallace St.) just to name a few. And, if you want to take a hands-on approach, book a slot at GnomeTown Brewing (203 E. Berry St.) to create your own batch led by their beer engineer.
Fit and furious.
If working up a sweat equates to adventure, downtown activities offer a chance to walk - or run or row - on the wild side. If water sports are your thing, head to Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot. Enjoy the city views from the comfort of a canoe or kayak as you paddle down the waterways.
The '07, just south of downtown, is one of the hottest ZIP codes in Fort Wayne, offering quiet neighborhoods, ethnic cuisine and plenty of entertainment. And now that the Clyde Theatre has been refurbished and is hosting artists, there's no time like now than to explore the area.
Daytime visitors can go for a walk at Foster Park and enjoy lunch at the Friendly Fox (4001 South Wayne Ave.) before grabbing a sweet treat at the original Zesto's. Going out on the town? Grab some drinks at Trubble Brewing (2725 Broadway) before heading to dinner at La Fogata (1812 Bluffton Road). A show at the Clyde is a must and then keep the party going at '07 Pub.
Pop a wheelie.
The city of Fort Wayne offers more than 100 miles of trails and more than few take you through the urban downtown and neighborhoods. Whether you want to rent a bike or hop on your own, the routes are endless as you explore notable sites such as the Old Fort, Wells Street Bridge and the old water treatment plant.
If you're keen on pedaling with pals, try the Trek the Trails series that takes riders all around the city on Tuesday nights during the summer and fall, with varying starting points. Or hop on the Le Tour de Fort, an annual event on the first weekend in June. The tour continues to grow in popularity as riders take a two-wheel tour of the city's watering holes.
Spend an evening at the theater.
Forget the pretense and enjoy the summer nights in the ballroom at the Embassy Theatre and take in the views from the historic theater's rooftop. A 14-night series on Wednesdays from May 23 to August 22, each night will feature live music, dance floor, cash bar and unique views of the city skyline. The series spans all genres, including blues, pop, acoustic, jazz, Latin, country, reggae, Americana, a cappella and soul.