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23 New Things to Do & See in '23

If you haven’t been to Fort Wayne recently, you may not recognize the many new neighborhoods and attractions throughout our city!

Friends dining on the outdoor patio deck at Nawa on The Landing

1. The Landing

Fort Wayne earned its nickname “The Summit City” in the 1800s when the Wabash and Erie Canal ran through this part of the country, and Fort Wayne was situated at the highest point on the run of the canal. Today, this area has a new life, and has become a new point of destination as “The Landing." 

Foodies won’t want to miss Fort Wayne’s newest dining and entertainment district, The Landing is home to a dozen locally-owned restaurants and attractions.

The Bradley rooftop dining

2. The Bradley

The Landing is also home to The Bradley, Fort Wayne's newest hotel. 

Family walking on the Tree Canopy Trail at Promenade Park

3. Promenade Park

Be sure to visit Promenade Park, the new crown jewel of our Downtown.

4. Fort Wayne Outfitters

While there, rent a kayak from Fort Wayne Outfitters and explore our three rivers!

5. Trubble Riverside

Promenade Park is also home to Trubble Riverside, a great place to grab a cold one.

6. Treetop Canopy Trail

Stroll a boardwalk above the river on our Treetop Canopy Trail.

7. Kids' Canal

Be sure to splash and cool off in the Kids' Canal!

GE Campus Dynamo Alley

8. Electric Works

In Fall 2022, make your way to Electric Works, a historic GE campus that is undergoing a massive transformation! The campus encompasses 39 acres, 18 historic buildings and more than 1.2 million sq. ft. of space. 

9. Union Street Market

The first project that visitors can enjoy at Electric Works is the Union Street Market, the region’s first food hall and public market. Opening Fall 2022, it will feature 20-plus merchants open daily and a weekly farmers’ market. 

Veteran's Shrine Memorial Vietnam Wall

10. Vietnam Wall

History lovers will enjoy several new sites in Fort Wayne: the replica Vietnam Wall at the Veterans Shrine.

11. Center for Lincoln Research

And the new Lincoln Collection at the Allen County Public Library downtown.

The Lion's Dance

12. Public Art

Looking for the perfect selfie spot? Fort Wayne is adding new murals monthly – you can find them all at VisitFortWayne.com/PublicArt.

13. Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has several new exhibits to catch while you are in town! A few include: Saints & Shepherds, an exploration of modern-day mythology through the contemporary Afro-Futuristic lens of LA-based artist Hebru Brantley, through March 6. 

14. New Glass Gallery

And opening this summer, the Museum of Art will offer three galleries dedicated to their extensive glass collection, boasting over 300 pieces! The anchor will be a display of their newest donation of glass from Carl & Stephanie Beling. Carl was Swedish, and trained with Swedish artists, and so the second gallery will be devoted to Swedish glass. The third gallery will be highlights from their permanent collection.

These exhibits will be open July 16-October 16. Then, on November 5, a permanent glass display will open.

Couple exploring the gardens at the Botanical Conservatory

15. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

At the Botanical Conservatory, seasonal exhibits include Under the Big Top through April 17  

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Emergence: Live Butterfly Exhibit, April 23-June 26 

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Paris: City of Light & Love, July 2-November 13 

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Happy Small-idays, November 19-January

Take a Tour of Science Central in Fort Wayne, Indiana

19. Science Central

And your budding scientists will want to check out the special exhibits at Science Central: Our Weakening Web: The Story of Extinction through May 29

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A-MAZE-D, June 11-September 11 

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Eat Well, Play Well, September 24-December 31. 

 

Girl at Three Rivers Festival Midway

22. Even More to See and Do

Make sure to plan your visit around other events. See our Events Calendar and Trip Ideas section for more inspiration. 

This article can also be found on page 8 of the 2022 Fort Wayne Visitors Guide.

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