Family Getaways with Children

Take an Insider Look at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Any summertime trip to Fort Wayne starts at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Named one of the "top ten zoos in the nation," the Children's Zoo offers over 1,500 animals on 42 acres—and countless activities to fill the day. In fact, there are rides in every part of the zoo!

Families are encouraged to "tickle their toes in the treetops" on the Sky Safari in the African Journey, travel through the Australian Outback on a river log ride, and trek through the Indonesian Rain Forest! This summer, you can hand-feed giraffes, get nose-to-nose with a lion, and pet a stingray at one of Indiana's great treasures — the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Learn more about Fort Wayne's award-winning zoo.

 

Family Attractions Year-Round

Fort Wayne also offers dozens of other great museums and entertainment options, from Science Central, where you can test your imagination (and the rules of gravity!) in a hands-on laboratory - to the Botanical Conservatory, where families wander through a sea of lush gardens and tranquil waterfalls, and take in exciting new exhibits with every season. Even our Museum of Art offers hands-on activities for the kids!

Visit Science Central

Families love Science Central, Indiana’s only hands-on science center, where they can get hands-on with science and technology.

Spark your imagination with over 200 hands-on exhibits, live experiments and demonstrations. With water tables and active spaces for younger guests and challenging experiments for teens, Science Central engages all minds in the fun of science!

And, enjoy Science on a Sphere, a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere. This educational tool helps illustrate Earth System science using animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperatures – in addition to thousands of other data sets.

Science Central's Science on a Sphere Exhibit - Fort Wayne, Indiana
 

Visit the Botanical Conservatory

The Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory offers a lush oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Offering three distinct gardens under glass, the Conservatory provides visitors with a chance to explore the beauties of the natural world.

Walk under a cascading waterfall in the Tropical Garden or discover mammoth cacti in the Sonoran Desert. The Showcase Garden changes its display seasonally, with a focus on a live butterfly exhibit every summer.

In addition, the Conservatory is surrounded by four outdoor gardens and a charming gift shop and restaurant.

Visit the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Experience the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, now part of the growing Fort Wayne Cultural District. 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is an American Art Museum that offers diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from the 19th century to today.

Permanent glass displays shine alongside innovative changing exhibits. View their current exhibits.

Take an Insider Look at TinCaps Baseball at Parkview Field

And in the evening, you'll want to head downtown to a TinCaps baseball game. Set in a breathtaking downtown park setting, a TinCaps game is truly fun for the whole family - and seats on the grass start at just $6. Plan your trip around any one of their over 70 home games and you'll be guaranteed to leave a fan!

Enjoy Festivals in Fort Wayne

And, be sure to plan your trip around one of these great festival or special events!

Get Outside

On hot summer days, nothing beats a trip to a splash pad. Luckily, Fort Wayne offers a dozen amazing splash pads to choose from. All are free, located in parks, and many offer accessible options for children of all abilities.

Active families will also enjoy renting a bike (or bringing your own) to enjoy our extensive trail system. Check out these trail rides designed for your family to enjoy.

Or, you can rent kayaks or canoes to explore Fort Wayne’s three rivers. We’ve created some suggested water routes that you can enjoy as well!

Riverfront Activities

Hotels

And of course you'll need a relaxing hotel with all of the comfort and amenities to help you feel right at home, at a price that fits your budget. With over 50 choices, from luxurious full-service hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, Fort Wayne has just the place for you relax, unwind, and take a dip in the pool!

Family Fun with Older Kids

If you have older kids, you'll want to add some more action to the mix! Why not try laser tag at Lazer X, Combat Ops Arena, or Ultrazone, or check out the bowling, arcade and laser tag mecca at Crazy Pinz?

You'll also enjoy hang time at one of our malls and entertainment centers. North of downtown, you'll find Glenbrook Square, Indiana's largest indoor shopping mall. And west of the city, you'll find Jefferson Pointe, an open-air lifestyle center, anchored by great shops, restaurants, and a 18-screen theatre that now features an IMAX!

Or, take your teens downtown to enjoy the restaurantsfood trucks, and festivals you'll find there. Then, rent bikes, kayaks or canoes at Fort Wayne Outfitters and see the city in a whole new light!

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