From revamped historic sites and fine arts to downtown attractions and riverfront fun, the second-largest city in Indiana provides plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. These are just a few of the more intriguing locales you’ll want to get to know during your visit:

Fort Wayne's downtown districts

The Landing

One of Fort Wayne’s oldest districts, the Landing looks much different today than when it operated as a pioneer depot, settlement, and dock for Wabash and Erie Canal boat traffic back in the mid-1800s. The area now boasts a vibrant stretch of commercial development along Columbia Street just a stone’s throw from the St. Marys River. 

A man and woman sitting at the bar at the Landing Beer Company. Woman is drinking a glass of beer.


Residents and visitors flock to the Landing to enjoy inventive Asian fusion cuisine at Nawa, Mercado’s elevated Mexican street food, a great slice of pizza at Papi's, and continental breakfast fare at Utopian Coffee + Kitchen. Find more on this guide to dining on The Landing! New to the Landing, visitors will enjoy Dana's and Night Train, two exciting new concepts in a historic building.


For overnight accommodations, bed down at the stylish new Bradley Hotel — a collaborative project by Provenance Hotels and Vera Bradley co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, sitting pretty just a block away. 


At the confluence of three rivers — St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee, the Fort Wayne riverfront invites families and outdoorsy types to come outside and play with a wide variety of activities and entertainment.

People walking on the Tree Canopy Trail at Promenade Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana


A one-stop-shop for recreation, public art, nature and culture, the expansive Promenade Park green space maintains a treetop canopy trail, bike paths, the all-inclusive PNC Playground, Teds Snack + Bar for food and drinks, and the Sweetwater Bandshell for live music events.


Borrow a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard from friendly Fort Wayne Outfitters to travel the waterways, or just relax and take in the sights with a guided cruise on Fort Wayne’s Sweet Breeze, a charming canal boat replica.

Man kayaking solo on St. Marys River in Fort Wayne, Indiana in front of Promenade Park

Arts Campus Fort Wayne

Recently recognized as a Statewide Cultural District by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Campus Fort Wayne claims some of the city’s finest institutions, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Arts United Center, and the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. 

Kids at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art


Take in the current exhibit at Artlink, or tour the new glass wing at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.


Get a little fresh air with a wander through verdant Freimann Square. If you time it right, you might get to catch a free concert or festival. And every Thursday in the summer, enjoy delicious food truck fare during Lunch on the Square.

Family posing for a selfie in Freimann Square

Grand Wayne Convention Center District

When it opened in 2009, Parkview Field (home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps) set off a wave of transformative development that has breathed new life into the Downtown region. 


A diverse collection of restaurants propose numerous choices – whether you a grabbing a bite before a baseball game or before a Broadway production at the handsome and historic Embassy Theatre. Try the Copper Spoon, Conner’s Kitchen + Bar, or J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Pub.

Sunset over a TinCaps baseball game at Parkview Field in Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana


Take a walk around to admire the city’s colorful street murals, and pop into the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory to appreciate the flora across three distinctive greenhouse habitats. The Grand Wayne Convention Center continues to bring new audiences to Fort Wayne, introducing scores of future fans to everything this thriving city has to offer.

This post was originally published in April 2022. Last Updated: April 2024