If you are in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a convention or event at the Grand Wayne Convention Center you are also conveniently placed right in the center of Fort Wayne’s hub for entertainment and activity. With a walkable downtown and countless restaurants, arts, and attractions to explore, you can get a full Fort Wayne experience without ever getting into a car!

Activities within 5 Minutes of the Grand Wayne Convention Center

The TinCaps playing baseball in Parkview Field with the Fort Wayne, Indiana skyline in the background.

Parkview Field

If you are visiting Fort Wayne in April-September, Parkview Field is a must-see! And it is only a five minute walk from the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Named “Top Minor League Baseball Experience” for several years by Stadium Journey Magazine, there is never a dull moment at a Fort Wayne TinCaps game. From diverse food cart choices to lively family-friendly entertainment and fireworks there is something for everyone in the park.

And there is still fun to be had in the park in the winter time! 

Waterfall at the Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Relax and unwind with a walk through the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. With a changing seasonal garden, beautifully lush Tropical Garden, and serene Desert Garden there is plenty to see at the conservatory.

Take a short stroll down the block on Jefferson Blvd. to access the gardens from the convention center or simply stay indoors and take the sky bridge on the second story of the Grand Wayne.

Down the Line Concert at the Embassy

Embassy Theatre

Also connected to the Grand Wayne Convention Center via sky bridge is the marvelous Embassy Theatre. Step back into time when you enter into the elegance of the theatre to catch a movie, performance or even a Broadway show. Or schedule a tour and see where the grand page pipe organ is hidden!

Two women researching their family history at the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Genealogy Center

With one of the largest genealogy research collections in the world, the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is a hidden gem in downtown Fort Wayne. Whether you are an experienced researcher or a beginner in the process, the helpful staff at The Genealogy Center are available to guide you along your journey of discovering your family history.

View of glass bakery display at GK Cafe filled with croissants and other pastries

Coffee and Bites

The Hilton hotel offers Starbucks Coffee connected to the convention center, just past the hotel's front desk. If you would like a little more local flavor, you can check out 6 coffee spots all within 4 blocks.

Conjure Coffee - Conservatory Cafe (located at the Botanical Conservatory)

Dash-In (located on Calhoun between Wayne and Berry Streets)

Fortezza Coffee (located on Calhoun between Wayne and Berry Streets)

GK Cafe and Provisions (located at Harrison and Berry Streets)

Kanela Blended Drinks and Bites (located at Harrison and Pearl Streets)

Utopian Coffee (located at The Landing)

Mother and Day Eating on the Porch off Calhoun

Discover Beautiful Art

If you've got some downtime, use your phone to explore our free Public Art Trail, all around Fort Wayne. Murals and sculptures brighten the landscape of downtown, turning the entire city into a Creative Canvas. You'll see works from internationally acclaimed and locally loved artists. Best of all, the Public Art Trail is free and there are no apps to download. 

Fort Wayne camping mugs, water bottle, postcards, and poster at the Visitors Center

Grab a Souvenir

Just across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center is the Fort Wayne Visitors Center. Friendly staff are available to answer questions and help give you the inside scoop. Open until 5 pm weekdays. May through August, the Visitors Center is also open Saturdays. There is a full line of cool merch from local artisans, so you'll find the perfect souvenir of your visit. Need something a little more practical? The market inside GK Cafe and Provisions features a select supply of essentials for visitors and downtown residents. 

This post was originally published in February 2018. Last Revised 2024.