Adventures Await You in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Outdoor Writers Association of America 2018 Fort Wayne Conference

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second-largest city, and we have so much to offer! We’d love for you to join us on our pre/post tours, or plan one yourself. 

Fort Wayne Skyline as seen from the Sweet Breeze Canal Boat TourRiverfront

Since Fort Wayne’s establishment, our three rivers: the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee, have been an intrinsic part of the city.

Waters were an essential part of the founding of Fort Wayne. The nickname “Summit City” comes from the days of the Wabash and Erie Canal, when Fort Wayne was the highest point on the run of the canal.

Today, our rivers are an essential part of our recreation and are coming back to the forefront of our community with development projects that include a tree canopy trail, amphitheatre, and lots of public space.

While construction is still underway, river aficionados can adventure along the banks, get out on the 8-miles of rivers by canoe or kayak or the new 19th Century canal boat. Rent your preferred river transportation from Fort Wayne Outfitters, plus they’ll even help transport you to a drop-in location.

Trip IdeasDowntown Fort Wayne

Downtown Fort Wayne is the heart of our city – and a vibrant one at that!

It is home to many of our arts and attractions, our gorgeous Parkview Field ballpark (named the #1 minor league stadium in the US), our fantastic Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and our many festival celebrations!

Discover 100 miles of trails that connect to you to 86 parks, downtown amenities, and natural destinations by renting a bike from Fort Wayne Outfitters and discovering our fun trail itineraries. Or, you can rent a Fort Wayne Bikeshare by the hour.

Natural Destinations

As Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne also offers natural destinations perfect for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle.

Explore Eagle Marsh Wetlands, where you will find a 716-acre wetland nature preserve home to more than 45,000 native trees and shrubs planted, more than 232 kinds of bird and numerous habitats of shallow-water wetland, sedge meadow, prairie, mature forest and young trees.

Discover more than 1,400 acres of Indiana forest on the scenic Cedar Creek at the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, and explore many more public preserves available through ACRES Land Trust, Indiana’s oldest and largest local land trust.

As the home to “One of the Top 10 Zoos in the Nation” and the #1 and #2 Indiana Summer Gotta Do’s,” Fort Wayne is a must-visit destination! And we make it easy and affordable.

From our developing riverfront to our vibrant and active downtown, you are going to love your time spent discovering the heart of the Midwest!

2018 Visitors GuideClick here to view a copy of our latest Visitors Guide, or request your free copy by mail!