Summer days of swimming and soaking up the sun may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops in Fort Wayne! If you are looking for your next weekend adventure in Fort Wayne, check out this fall weekend itinerary!
Fort Wayne Fall Getaway Itinerary
A Morning in Fort Wayne
Start your morning off with breakfast at Liberty Diner located at 2929 Goshen Rd. At this American/Mediterranean style diner, the decor is just as impressive as the food. And, it’s open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday so you can get a bit of comfort food whenever hunger strikes. If you are feeling truly indulgent, try the Monte Cristo sandwich.
If Sunday brunch is your thing, hit up The Lucky Turtle and Lucky Moose Grill on 622 E Dupont Rd. They offer a brunch buffet that will leave you wondering why you didn’t know about it sooner. I am crazy for the made-to-order crepes. And don’t forget all the other breakfast goodies like fluffy eggs, pancakes, and sausage. An expansive salad bar is also available in the brunch buffet!
After breakfast, head over to The Ball Hive on 4629 Lima Road for an experience that will challenge your spatial awareness, and make you feel like a kid again. Started by two siblings who wanted to introduce Fort Wayne to the idea of indoor zorbing, the Ball Hive is unlike anything I have ever experienced anywhere. When you come to The Ball Hive you will transform into a human bubble by strapping on a giant inflatable bubble ball. What happens next is up to you. You can bump, bounce, roll and flip.
When exhaustion from zorbing at The Ball Hive sets in, check out Bisque-It Pottery Painting Studio on 7605 Coldwater Road. At Bisque-It you can unleash your creativity by painting your own pottery masterpiece. I painted a coffee mug, and my friends painted everything from vases to seasonal decorative items.
Next, do some shopping at some of Fort Wayne's great boutique shops in downtown Fort Wayne. From the West End Boutique shops to the shops dotted throughout Fort Wayne, there is a shopping experience for anyone looking to shop locally. Each boutique brings a punch of personality with unique clothes and accessories you won’t find anywhere else.
An Afternoon in Fort Wayne
After you shop till you drop, grab lunch at Bandidos in the Glenbrook Commons, 4122 Lima Road. This Mexican restaurant will fill your tummy with fresh ingredients and leave you asking for more chips and salsa. Bandidos is traditional Mexican cuisine with farm to table flair.
After lunch, take a scenic stroll through the campus of IPFW. With a variety of benches to enjoy peaceful views of the river, you will almost forget you are only minutes from downtown. Walk along the bike path and campus sidewalks to observe artist sculptures and painted mastodons. My husband and I love taking walks here in the fall as the changing leaves are an added bonus to the tranquil stroll.
Before dinner, enjoy a beer or coffee and a game of pinball at Old Crown Coffee Roasters on 3417 North Anthony Blvd. With six pinball machines in the back of the shop, this quirky stop is the perfect place to drink an adult beverage while reliving your childhood pinball dreams. If you decide to sip your beer at the bar, you will most likely strike up a conversation with the friendly staff or meet the owner himself.
An Evening in Fort Wayne
After pinball, you can stay on the north side of town for dinner at Hamilton Public House at 4910 N Clinton. This restaurant is new to Fort Wayne, and it boasts a nod to baseball. The Hamilton Public House is named for the first major league baseball game which was played at Hamilton Field in Fort Wayne. Experience friendly service, great food and a sleek take on baseball when you enjoy a meal here.
Another dinner option is to head downtown to The Dash-In located at 814 S Calhoun Street. Locally owned since 1994, this dining experience for those who are 21 and over is hip and relaxed. I love getting a burger and mashed reds, but the grilled cheese is said to be “the best in town!”
To end your evening, stay downtown and catch a movie at The Cinema Center downtown at 437 E Berry Street. The Cinema Center website describes this theatre as a non-for-profit film society that is dedicated to showcasing film as an art form in Fort Wayne. General admission is $9 and matinee tickets are $7. You won’t want to miss the Halloween lineup of movies showing in October.