A getaway to Fort Wayne, Indiana with your kids looks like days filled with laughter and fun, and savoring sweet and magical moments of new discoveries. With high-quality attractions, affordable admissions, and that big-city, small-town feel - families with children LOVE Fort Wayne.
Discover endless adventure awaiting around every corner, and the sweet silence of a good night’s sleep after a day of fun in Fort Wayne.
Home to one of the top zoos in the nation, attractions perfect for a winter getaway and savoring the beauty of art, and destinations perfect for burning off some energy, discover Fort Wayne’s family-friendly attractions and activities on your next getaway.
1. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Enjoy a wild time at the nationally-ranked Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Feed a giraffe, tickle your toes in the treetops on the Sky Safari, or pet a stingray in the Australian Outback. At the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you'll find 40 acres—and countless activities to fill the day!
2. Promenade Park
Visit the one-of-a-kind Promenade Park. Locals love to relax on porch swings, kids love the accessible playground and kids' canal, and everyone enjoys a walk along the tree canopy trail or a game of ping pong and cornhole.
3. Science Central
Indiana's only hands-on science center, Science Central is a great year-round attraction for families. Spark your imagination with more than 200 exhibits including water tables for younger guests, challenging experiments for teens, or the Science on a Sphere exhibit perfect for the whole family!
4. Botanical Conservatory
Another favorite year-round attraction is the Botanical Conservatory where families can wander through a sea of lush gardens and tranquil waterfalls. The Botanical Conservatory is a lush oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, and also offers four seasonal displays with a live butterfly exhibit every summer.
5. Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Experience the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, now part of the growing Arts Campus. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is an American Art Museum offering diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from the 19th century to today. Be sure to also check out the Glass Wing featuring works from early artists to displays by contemporary artists.
6. Festivals and Events
Festivals and events make for the perfect activity to plan your trip around. Mark Your calendars for your favorites or check VisitFortWayne.com/Events while in town.
Some of our favorite summer events include a TinCaps Baseball game. Set in a gorgeous downtown park setting, a TinCaps game is perfect for the whole family, especially with seats on the grass starting at just $7.
Insider Tip - Be sure to stick around for the post-game fireworks throughout the summer.
Fort Wayne comes alive with summertime celebrations of our culture, arts, and food. Mark your calendars for festival favorites like Arab Fest, Germanfest, Greekfest, Gear Fest, the Three Rivers Festival, and Taste of the Arts!
7. Outdoor Adventures
On hot summer days, nothing beats a trip to a splash pad or the shaded paths of Fort Wayne’s more than 120 miles of trails. These additional Fort Wayne activities make for the perfect additions to any getaway - or they could be the whole focus of your itinerary!
Explore the great outdoors along Fort Wayne’s riverfront and trails or in some of our award-winning parks! Kick up the adventure along Fort Wayne’s 8 miles of riverfront in downtown Fort Wayne. Take it slow on 120 miles of trails that easily connect to Fort Wayne’s parks, attractions, and riverfront. Or, cool off in one of Fort Wayne’s dozen splash pads! Don't forget to sign up for the FREE Outdoor Pass to explore great trail itineraries.
8. Mural Moments
9. The Landing
Fort Wayne’s oldest neighborhood has a new purpose as a food destination. On this walkable block, have a meal under the Bison Mural at Nawa’s outdoor patio, try Cali-Mex flavors at Mercado, or discover new dishes at the three other restaurants located on The Landing! Plus, The Landing is located a block south of Promenade Park.
10. Electric Works
A former General Electric campus, Electric Works features Union Street Market, an indoor dining hall, and market featuring around 20 vendors. Plus Electric Works is just a short walk from downtown on the Broadway corridor.
11. Entertainment Centers
For a break indoors or the perfect destination for a winter getaway, bring out the competitive spirit of your family with some fun at Fort Wayne’s entertainment facilities, where you can play laser tag, bowl, arcade games, and more at Lazer X, Combat Ops Arena, Georgetown Entertainment, or Crazy Pinz.