Summer vacation never seems long enough, especially when your to-do list is miles long. Fort Wayne, Indiana, is full of fun, family-friendly options to help assure your kids think back to the summer of 2019 with nothing but smiles and good memories.

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The Best Back to School Activities in Fort Wayne

1. Trek through Fox Island County Park

The 600-plus acre park is more than a third nature preserve. Fox Island has seven miles of marked trails, a nature center, campfire pits, camping, a playground, a swimming beach and a doggie beach.

7324 Yohne Rd.

Crowd at Taste of the Arts

2. Wander your favorite festival

Headwaters Park turns into festival central during the summertime. Depending on your schedule and interest, there’s sure to be one perfect for your family.

Local favorites include the Three Rivers Festival (July 12 to 20), Dragon Boat Races (August 10), and Taste of the Arts (August 23-24.)

333 S. Clinton St.

3. Go to a TinCaps game

Last year, Parkview Field took home the MiLB Best of the Ballparks 2018 fan vote on Ballpark Digest, and with good reason: Testimonials on the field’s website highlight everything from the stadium’s venue and food to the service and team. For an ideal family night, opt for the lawn seats. Tickets come as low as $9 each, and the seats are perfect for families with small kids.

1301 Ewing St.

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4. Play at Science Central

When the weather is too hot to deal with, step indoors at Science Central and have a blast in the process. From a high-rail bike and engaging demos to that giant piano keyboard and water-play activities, Science Central offers something for kids—or adults—of any age.

1950 N. Clinton St.

Log ride at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana

5. Visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

It’s on every summer must-hit list because it is, simply, a must hit. There’s a reason TripAdvisor named it one of the top 10 best zoos in the country in 2015; the ranking was based on the quality and number of reviews over a one-year timeframe. 2019 is the zoo’s 55th anniversary.

3411 Sherman Blvd.

Hot caramel sundae with peanut butter and pecans at DeBrand Fine Chocolates

6. Tour DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Get in out of the heat and learn all about how Fort Wayne’s favorite chocolate comes to be. After the DeBrand Fine Chocolates 30- to 45-minute tour, stick around and indulge in one of the chocolatier’s towering sundaes. Tours run $5 each and include a $5 rebate off a $10 purchase.

10105 Auburn Park Dr.