Autumn is in the air! That means it’s time for students at Fort Wayne, Indiana colleges at Purdue University Fort Wayne, the University of Saint Francis, and Indiana Tech to get back to the classrooms and hit the books.

With nearly 24,800 students enrolled at the three universities, scholars from coast to coast choose to study in Fort Wayne. 

Sunset over Saint Joseph River and Venderly Bridge at Purdue Fort Wayne

Your Weekend College Visit Itinerary in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Whether you are traveling to Fort Wayne to see if being a Mastodon is right for you, or a student preparing to show your parents around town for the first time, we have your itinerary right here.

Fort Wayne has a lively downtown area with beautiful scenery. From the multitude of boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment, there is something for everything to do.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Activities and Dining

Fancy & Staple, The Find and Lace + Arrow are just a few places that have beautiful apparel, decor, antiques and locally made goods.

If you are looking to get a bite to eat, Hoppy Gnome, a Fort Wayne staple is definitely worth the stop. Positioned in the heart of downtown, the gourmet taqueria with a modern twist, will certainly please.

Closer to campuses, but still within the limits of downtown, stands Junk Ditch Brewing Company, a trendy, local eatery, and pub that has one of the best brunches in town. Balance out your day by taking a stroll down the Rivergreenway. This path, walkable from any place downtown, sits on the bank of the Maumee River, allowing you to experience wildlife and historical sites like The Old Fort!


A post shared by andrea russett (@andrearussett) on

Fort Wayne, Indiana Events

When you aren’t on campus, there are lots of things to do around town! Plan your trip around one of the countless events in town.

This Autumn and Winter, the historic Embassy Theatre is proud to welcome Broadway shows right here in town. 

If you are looking for a more casual way to enjoy the art scene in town, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art bears a state of the art gallery, constantly rotating through award-winning exhibits.

Autumn is the perfect time to experience the heart of Indiana! Be sure to check out our calendar of events for fall festivals and happenings like the Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival or Fright Night.


A post shared by Visit Fort Wayne (@visitfortwayne) on

Fort Wayne, Indiana Accommodations

For accommodations, check out the hotel packages page for deals and rates you can’t beat anywhere else.

With so many opportunities, Fort Wayne makes the perfect home for students and young adults. But don’t take our word for it, make a visit to Fort Wayne, today!

This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated.