Though it may not last nearly long enough, fall in Fort Wayne, Indiana is reason enough to live here. The weather bounces from summertime sun to “be sure to pack a fleece,” but it all works together for a perfect weekend getaway destination.

Want to make the most out of this too-short season? Here’s a weekend itinerary to get you in the mood for falling leaves and full moons in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Follow the list for an extra jam-packed weekend or mix and match your favorite activities so by Sunday night, your heart is full of all the good things fall has to offer in Fort Wayne.

Skyline from above the Landing Historic District

Fall Foodie Weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Breakfast at Davey’s Delicious Bagels

Every fall, Davey's serves up a delicious steamed bagel with strawberry cream cheese, apple slices, honey, and cinnamon sugar - it's a must-try, and just one of the delicious stops on the Fort Wayne Apple Trail!

Pumpkins at Cedar Creek Produce

11709 Clay St., Leo-Cedarville
This pumpkin patch also carries in-season fruit and vegetables and plenty of kid-friendly décor and activities. Plus, there are many other fun farmers markets offering fresh local produce in Fort Wayne. Cedar Creek is just one of the many patches and you picks to explore in Fort Wayne, check out our full list here.

Take in the Fall Foliage at Metea Park

8401 Union Chapel Rd.
This is where you want to take in the colors of fall. Metea Park boasts five miles of trails that wind in and through the woodlands and Cedar Creek. For additional ways to enjoy fall, access the Hikes, Bikes and Paddles Outdoor Pass, that lists dozens of great hikes and paddles that you can enjoy throughout the area.

Firefly Coffee House - Fort Wayne, IN

Cider at Firefly Coffee House

3523 N. Anthony Blvd. 
There are so many spots in town for hot apple cider, but Firefly Coffee House has one of the best. It’s spicy and sweet, but not too sweet, and cinnamony and yummy. Sip it inside or out—there’s cozy tents—and snag a snack, too. In addition to salads, sandwiches, and more, Firefly has seasonal baked goods like vegan zucchini chai bread and pumpkin cream cheese muffins. The Firefly is just one of the stops on Fort Wayne's cozy beverage trail!

Apple picking at Cook’s Orchard

8724 Huguenard Rd.
Cook’s offers rows and rows of apple trees in various varieties—when you go will determine what’s available (check their website for more information). When you check out, don't miss the apple butter, syrup, jams, and more to take an extra bit of Cook’s home with you.

Cindy's Diner on West Berry Street

Chili for dinner

Fort Wayne offers a few chili options for an optimal autumn dinner. Take your pick among

  • Skyline Chili (4021 Ice Way), for some Cincinnati-style chili. If you’ve never had it, we recommend a 5-way (spaghetti, chili, cheese, beans, and onions) and a cheese coney.           
  • Coney Island (131 W. Main St.), which calls itself the country’s oldest coney stand.
  • Cindy's Diner is another historical can's miss, serving up chili and other diner favorites to their 15-seat historic counter service.

Hard cider at Kekionga Cider Company

7328 Maysville Rd.
Yes, this list is heavy on the apples, but they’re too ubiquitous to fall to ignore. Kekionga, which calls itself “Fort Wayne’s original hard cider,” rotates its cider on tap. Start with a flight and end with a glass—or two—of your favorite.

It's all part of a cozy fall getaway to Fort Wayne, Indiana! Start planning your Fall Getaway today!

This post was originally published in September 2018 and has been updated. Last Update: May 2024