The snow has melted, the sun is shining and daffodils and tulips are emerging from the grass. 

Spring is here (finally), and it makes for a beautiful time of year to explore Fort Wayne, Indiana and appreciate all it has to offer.

Whether you want to head to downtown Fort Wayne or venture beyond the limits, there's plenty to during this season of rebirth.

10 Spring Activities in
Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

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Zesto

Nothing says warm weather like a razzle from Zesto. Or a cone, if that's your thing. Even if you have to huddle up for that first trip, stopping by the family-owned shops that dot the city is a great way to celebrate the season change.

Outdoor Dining

 As the weather improves, the city's vibrant dining scene is full of opportunities to eat outside. The Deck at Don Hall's is the place in the summer, where patrons can enjoy signature cocktails while looking at the city's riverfront.

The Friendly Fox on South Wayne Avenue, in the popular neighborhood, has a newly built pergola and is neighborhood favorite for outdoor dining. 

Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory is a welcomed retreat any time of the year. However, the spring is the perfect time to enjoy a stroll through their 3 indoor gardens, and four outdoor gardens lush. The annual butterflies exhibit will also be making its appearance in the spring. Lose your coat, and enjoy a stroll through the Botanical Conservatory's spring flower displays, and exhibits for a fun indoor spring activity.

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Fort Wayne TinCaps. Baseball might seem like a summer's game but Parkview Field hosts 70 games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the first of which is April 7. The home opener against the Lake County Captains begins at 6:05 p.m. So grab a nice blanket (maybe a plush one from Fort Wayne's own Vera Bradley) and head to the game.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo - Children at the Orangutan Exhibit - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Spring is the perfect time to visit the award-winning Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. It's not too hot, and the children are excited to see the animals after a long winter's break. The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo opens for the season on April 21

Metea’s Earth Night

After being cooped up in the house all winter, there's no better time to get out and enjoy nature. Metea County Park offers an evening of hiking and star gazing on Sunday, April 22. The two-hour event begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $2. For more information or to register, email bdispenza@allencountyparks.org  or call 449-8619.

Lakeside Park & Foster Park

Whether it's landscaped gardens or wildflowers, the city's parks offer visitors a chance to stop and smell the roses. Lakeside Park, just east of downtown, is known for its roses and the city's boulevards are home to colorful daffodils and tulips. My personal favorite, though, might be a stretch of Foster Park where lilac bushes perfume the stretch of rivergreenway between Bluffton Road and the entrance off Old Mill Road. 

Fort Wayne Bike Share

The city of Fort Wayne partnered with Zagster to offer a bike share program. With six downtown stations to pick up a bike, recreational cyclists can use the App to rent a bike and explore the rivergreenway or downtown for an afternoon. Might we suggest picking up a bike near the arts campus, riding down to Parkview Field (check out the indoor farmers market on Saturday) and then head to the Hoppy Gnome for brunch.