As the temperatures cool, and the leaves start to change colors, it’s a great time to enjoy a fun fall getaway weekend with your family in Fort Wayne! Fall is a great time to visit Fort Wayne, with many of the fall festivities and orchards opening, plus some of the great summer attractions are still open and available to enjoy.

On your next visit to Fort Wayne in the fall, here’s a bucket list of activities you will not want to miss!

Fall foliage along Clinton Street at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Fall Checklist

1. Enjoy one of the great fall festivals in Fort Wayne!

Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 25
Experience life on a farm, plus fun fall activities. Starting on September 18, visitors can explore the 6-acre family-friendly corn maze, learn about dairy cows and baby calves, and enjoy the straw mountain, games, pick out a pumpkin, and much more! The festival is operating at 50% capacity. Guests are asked to remain 6ft. apart at all times, and masks are required for guests age 8 and older when 6 ft. of distance is not feasible.

Amazing Fall Corn Maze
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 1
Wind your way through the 12-acre, Star Wars-themed corn maze — the largest corn maze in Northeast Indiana — and tackle the other 18 games on-site with friends and family. End the day with some delicious fall food!

Autumn Railroad Festival
October 1–4
Take a socially-distant, all-ages ride on the Pumpkin Train (which includes a free pumpkin!), see the vintage steam locomotive no. 765 in operation, take in historic railroad displays, and enjoy local food trucks! This admission-only event also includes special hands-on, behind-the-scenes train experiences for an additional cost. Admission and train ride tickets must be purchased in advance. The event and train rides will operate at 50% capacity, surfaces will be sanitized between rides, and face coverings are required for all train riders, crew, and staff.

Fall Festival at Cooks Apple Farm

2. Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches

On the search for the perfect pumpkin or delicious apple? There are plenty of pumpkin patches and apple orchards for your search. Here are a few suggestions that can help –

  • DeGrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch
    722 Aboite Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
    219-436-4359
  • Cook’s Apple Orchard
    8724 Huguenard Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
    260-489-3940
  • Plus, many more in the surrounding areas!
MLK Bridge Fall - Fort Wayne, IN
3. Fall Foliage

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful fall colors in Fort Wayne at Fox Island or Lindenwood Nature Preserves, offering settings with ample opportunities to view great Indiana Fall colors. Plus, all of the other great parks in Fort Wayne provide more opportunities for the perfect photo.

Hand holding an apple at an apple orchard in Fort Wayne

4. Fort Wayne Apple Trail

Apple season is upon us! This fall, grab your friends and family and set off to take in all things "apple" in Fort Wayne. The Apple Trail invites you to enjoy up to 18 activities — from visiting Johnny Appleseed's gravesite and picking apples at a local apple orchard, to savoring apple-filled Rise'n Roll donuts and enjoying locally-sourced ciders and brews. Complete any activity on the trail and be entered to win an Apple Trail t-shirt by:

  • Sharing a photo of your Apple Trail adventures on social media using #AppleTrailFW, or
  • Emailing your photo to Marketing@VisitFortWayne.com

NOTE: Social media profiles must be set to public to be entered. Contest ends October 31.

Accessible attractions at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

5. Fall at the Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open for guests to enjoy through the end of October! That means you can visit Fort Wayne during September and October to catch a glimpse of the zoo animals enjoying the cooler temperatures. Check out our guide for your next fall visit to the Zoo.

The Zoo is open 9 am–5 pm daily, with regular admission rates. Please note — masks are required for guests ages 8 and older. See additional safety precautions in place.

*This post was originally published September 2017 and has been updated and reformatted. Last Updated: September 2020

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