Discover some of Fort Wayne, Indiana's favorite outdoor summer fun with a 3-day itinerary filled with attractions and adventures!
Fort Wayne, Indiana Attraction Trail
DAY 1: Explore Fort Wayne's Rivers
Rent a canoe, paddleboard or kayak at Fort Wayne Outfitters or Earth Adventures and take a trip on the St. Marys, St. Joseph or Maumee rivers. The trio of rivers intersect in Fort Wayne and there’s a wide selection of boats available to check out Fort Wayne's landscape and history.
Both stores offer water trails maps or download one here.
Not in the mood to chart your own path and traverse the river? Then, relax and let someone else take over the wheel by choosing from a variety of available river cruises, including historic riverfront boat tours, canal boat tours, party barges and more!
We recommend eating at The Deck, an outdoor restaurant with a full menu and bar that feels more like a lakeside party, located on the banks of the St. Marys River at 305 E. Superior Street.
DAY 2: Explore Downtown Fort Wayne
Grab breakfast at the iconic Cindy’s Diner – try the tasty Garbage special – on West Berry Street. The authentic '50s diner's motto is: "We serve the whole world, 15 at a time!"
After a hearty breakfast, take a walk and check out the latest exhibits at the Botanical Conservatory on south Calhoun Street. Across the street is the majestic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The church has been a landmark in downtown Fort Wayne since 1859. If you’re interested in religious artifacts, the Cathedral Museum is located a few blocks away at 915 S. Clinton Street.
If time permits, take your pick of museums and galleries in the downtown area, including the Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum, Castle Gallery, the History Center and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
If a movie is more to your liking, see what’s playing at the Cinema Center on East Berry Street. The nonprofit movie house showcases independent and art-house movies, as well as special film series and events.
Hungry? Speaking of iconic downtown restaurants, for a cozy pub that serves great fish, prime rib and seafood, visit Henry’s on West Main Street; or for the best in coney dogs and chili, look no further than Coney Island - a Main Street staple since 1914.
After dinner, take a stroll through downtown Fort Wayne or enjoy some of the great concert series!
Day 3: Bike or Hike
Bike, walk or hike a number of trails and explore some of the city’s parks along the way. Download a trails map which includes a list of trail-friendly businesses that replenish water and let bikers/hikers use the restroom facilities. Several of the businesses also offer discounts on food and purchases. Trail maps of downtown Fort Wayne and Allen County are available.