The historic city of Fort Wayne is home to several beautiful tourist attractions including iconic landmarks, verdant parks, exciting museums and wonderful cultural centers. Moreover, there are many eateries and restaurants to satisfy each kind of palate. The best time to visit the city is during spring and summer season when lots of outdoor and recreational activities like hiking, biking and trekking take place. On a two day trip to Fort Wayne, visitors can indulge in a number of activities like sightseeing, shopping, dining and exploring the city’s rampant nightlife.
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Fort Wayne Day 1 Tour!
Breakfast at 8:00 am
Fort Wayne is home to several diners and cafes that serve a delicious and hearty breakfast to its guests. Firefly Coffee House
(3523 N Anthony Blvd) is a great place to visit and are known for their breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and dark chocolate brownies. Another popular place in the city is Spyro's Pancake House
(6455 W. Jefferson Blvd and 4410 Bluffton Road) popular for its pancakes, waffles, omelets and sandwiches.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 10:00 am
With over 360 churches in the city, Fort Wayne is often referred to as the ‘City of Churches’. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest cathedrals in the city and is also a very important landmark. It was built in 1860 and in the year 1980, it was registered under the National Register of Historic Places. The church ground is known as the Cathedral Square and is home to a rectory, MacDougal Chapel and Joseph Richardville’s grave.Address:
1122 S Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, United StatesPhone:
1 260 424 1485Website: http://cathedralfortwayne.org/
Distance from Downtown Fort Wayne: 0.3 Miles or 7 minutes walk
Foellinger - Freimann Botanical Conservatory at 11:00 am
One of the most popular attractions in the city, Foellinger - Freimann Botanical Conservatory is literally like an oasis in the middle of Fort Wayne. It is an enclosed conservatory that is known for its different gardens like Desert Garden, Tropical Garden, a 2300 square meter seasonal garden and a 9300 square meter exploration garden. It is a great place to visit in the city, especially for families with little children, as there are a number of activities over here for them to engage in.Address
: 1100 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, United StatesPhone:
1 260 427 6440Timings:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Thursday), Monday ClosedWebsite: www.botanicalconservatory.org/
Distance from Downtown Fort Wayne: 0.3 Miles or 6 minutes walk
Embassy Theater at 12:00 pm
Initially known as Emboyd Theater, Embassy Theater is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. Opened in 1928, the theatre was formally constructed as a movie palace with 1100 page theater organ, but now it is home to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. It has a seating capacity of 2471 people and is known for Broadway shows, concerts, family events and symphonies.Address:
125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, United StatesPhone
: 1 260 424 6287Timings:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Monday to Friday), Saturday and Sunday ClosedWebsite: http://www.fwembassytheatre.org/home.htm
Distance from Foellinger - Freimann Botanical Conservatory: 0.1 Mile or 2 minutes walk
Lunch at 01:00 pm
After spending time at the theatre, head towards O'Reilly's Irish Bar & Restaurant
(301 W Jefferson Blvd) for an authentic Irish fare. If you looking for something more in fine dining, then head to Don Hall's Old Gas House
(305 E Superior Street) for an array of premium steaks and fresh seafood. Main Street Bistro
(200 E Main Street) is another popular place in the city for salads, soups and pizzas.
Fort Wayne Old City Hall Building & The History Center at 2:00 pm
Constructed in 1840, Fort Wayne Old City Hall Building is one of the most important and iconic historical sites in the city. The building officially served as the city’s city hall till the year 1971, after which it was shifted to city-council building. Now, it houses a very popular historical museum called The History Center, known for its artifacts detailing the region’s history. Address:
302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802Phone:
1 260 426 2882Timings:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday), 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Saturday and First Sunday of the Month).Website: http://www.fwhistorycenter.com/index.html
Distance from O'Reilly's Irish Bar & Restaurant: 0.6 Miles or 12 minutes walk
Fort Wayne Museum of Art at 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fort Wayne Museum of Art is known for its several 19th century permanent collections and travel related exhibitions. Each art show in the museum is displayed for about six to twelve weeks, after which the museum closes for about ten days to re-install new pieces of artworks. Thus, it is advisable to check the website before visiting the museum.Address:
311 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, United StatesPhone:
1 260 422 6467Timings:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Thursday), 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Sunday)Website
Distance from Fort Wayne Old City Hall Building & The History Center: 0.1 Mile or 3 minutes walk
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo at 4:30 pm
The famous Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been ranked as the seventh best zoo in USA by Trip Advisor. Home to more than 1000 animals, the zoo is popular among both families and friends, of all age groups. It offers various attractions and recreational activities that will entertain even the oldest. The zoo is divided into different themes, each of which provides an exceptional experience to the guest.
Visitors can book VIP events where they can come close to close with their favorite animal or even feed the giraffe. There are also several restaurants and eateries over here that serve delicious snacks. If you have time, then do visit the adjacent Franke Park, known for its various entertaining activities.Address:
3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808, United StatesPhone
: 1 260 427 6800Timings:
9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Since the zoo is seasonal, check the website before visiting)Website: www.kidszoo.org/
Distance from Fort Wayne Museum of Art: 2.7 Miles or 7 minutes drive
Glenbrook Square at 6:00 pm
No vacation in Fort Wayne can be complete without visiting one of the largest malls in the US state of Indiana. Home to more than a hundred stores, Glenbrook Square or Glenbrook Center is a must-visit in the city. The mall consists of five major anchors including Macy’s, Carson’s, Barnes & Noble, JC Penny and Sears. Apart from that, the mall is also home to other popular retail chains like Forever 21, Victoria Secrets, H&M, Aeropostale, Christopher and Banks and Rue21. There is also a children’s play area and a huge Double Decker Carousal near the food court.Address:
4201 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, United StatesPhone
: 1 260 483 2121Timings
: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Sunday)Website
Distance from Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo: 1.6 Miles or 6 minutes drive
Dinner at 8:00 pm
The food court at Glenbrook Square Mall is home to several eateries like Sbarro, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Panda Express, Subway, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Chick-Fil-A and Eater Dinner. But if you are more into fine dining, then BakerStreet Steakhouse (4820 N Clinton Street) is the place for you. It is known for its highly professional staff and delicious food like tender steaks, fresh seafood and complimentary soft pretzel bread.
Explore Fort Wayne’s Nightlife at 10:00 pm
Early Bird's Ultra Lounge (4201 N Wells Street) in Fort Wayne is the ultimate party destination in the city. It features loud music, huge dance floor, three fully stocked bars and a VIP area for privacy. If you are not into partying or want something low key, then head to Rusty Spur Bar (10350 Leo Road) for delicious cocktails and live music. For retro music, Flashback on the Landing (118 W Columbia Street) is the place for you.
Fort Wayne Day 1 Tour Map Guide
Fort Wayne Day 2 Journey Begins!
Breakfast at 9:00 am
Start your day early in the morning with a wholesome breakfast at one of the famous cafes or diners of Fort Wayne. Cosmos Restaurant
(3232 Saint Joe Center Road) is a popular breakfast place that is known for their sumptuous and delectable omelets. Joanna's Family Restaurant
(10368 Leo Road) is another famous breakfast place in the city that offers everything from fresh fruit juices to traditional American fare.
Johnny Appleseed Park at 10:00 am
There is nothing better than starting your day with a walk in one of the most beautiful parks of Fort Wayne. Spread over 31 acres, Johnny Appleseed Park offers a myriad of recreational activities to its guests including boating, fishing, camping, sailing, biking, hiking, picnicking and playgrounds for both dogs and children.
It is also the starting point of one of the most famous trek routes in the city – River greenway. The park is also known for its famous Johnny Appleseed Festival that takes place every year. If you are around at that time, do attend the festival.
Address: 1500 Coliseum Blvd E, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, United States
Phone: 1 260 427 6000
Distance from Downtown Fort Wayne: 3.1 Miles or 10 minutes drive
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 11:00 am
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum started as a simple idea when the Jaycees of Fort Wayne wanted to build a war memorial. Upon its inception, the memorial quickly became known for several professional sports events, ice skating shows, circuses, school event, political rallies and religious gatherings. Several major events have taken place over here giving it a very prestigious name. It has now become the central point for entertainment, sports and arts in the entire Midwest.
Address: 4000 Parnell Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, United States
Phone: 1 260 482 9502
Distance from Johnny Appleseed Park: 0.4 Miles or 7 minutes walk
Science Central at 12:00 pm
Children can test their imagination at this famous science museum. Home to more than 120 exhibits, the museum is known for its interactive and hands-on displays that help invigorate a child’s brain. They even have various special programs for educators, families, students and campers. Do visit the gift shop inside the museum for wonderful gift ideas.Address:
1950 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, United StatesPhone:
1 260 424 2400Timings
: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Wednesday to Friday), 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday). Monday and Tuesday ClosedWebsite: http://sciencecentral.org
Distance from Allen County War Memorial Coliseum: 1.9 Miles or 4 minutes drive
Lunch at 1:30 pm
If you are a fan of Mexican food, then head towards El Azteca Restaurant (535 E State Blvd) known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, premium quality tequilas and margaritas. If you want to taste the famous street food of USA, head to Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island (131 W Main Street) for hot dogs, pie and chili.
Grand Wayne Convention Center at 3:00 pm
Grand Wayne Convention Center is one of the most popular convention centers in the city. It hosts a number of exhibitions each day and is home to several banquets, ballrooms, galleries and conference rooms. There are also two major hotels adjoining the convention center.Address
: 120 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, United StatesPhone:
1 260 426 4100Timings
: 08:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday), Saturday and Sunday ClosedWebsite
Distance from Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island: 0.4 Miles or 9 minutes walk
Parkview Field at 4:00 pm
Parkview Field is a famous minor baseball league stadium and is home to Fort Wayne’s TinCaps. The stadium houses 16 luxury suites, a picnic area with table seating, a rooftop party area where groups up to 250 people can enjoy the game, lawn seating and a unique luxury suite complete with full concessions. Address
: 1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, United StatesPhone
: 1 260 482 6400Timings
: 07:00 am to 07:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)Website
Distance from Grand Wayne Convention Center: 0.2 Miles or 5 minutes walk
Jefferson Pointe Shopping Mall at 5:00 pm
After visiting all the famous tourist attractions and landmarks, head to the popular open-air shopping destination – Jefferson Pointe. Home to more than 60 shops, eateries and movie theater, this mall offers all types of entertainment to its guests. Some major stores over here are Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Carmike Cinemas IMAX, Walmart, PetSmart, Kohls, Eddie Bauer, Charming Charlie, White House Black Market, Talbots and many more. Do visit the famous water fountain and dip your feet in it.Address:
4130 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, United StatesPhone:
1 260 459 1160Timings:
10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Sunday)Website
Distance from Parkview Field: 3.1 Miles or 7 minutes drive
Dinner at 8:00 pm
There are many restaurants like McAlister’s Deli, Flat Top Grill, Burger King, Smokey Bones, Cold Stone Creamery and many more at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Mall. Asakusa Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar
(6224 Lima Road) is another popular restaurant to try if you are fond of Japanese food. Do try their fresh and carefully rolled raw sushi.
Fort Wayne Nightlife at 10:00 pm
With nine dance floors and eleven fully stocked bars, Piere's Entertainment Center
(5629 St Joe Road) is a great place to visit for party lovers. It also features live music, concerts and other events regularly. If you are looking for something more laidback, then head to Mad Anthony Brewing Co.
(1109 Taylor Street) for live music, beer and ales.
Fort Wayne Day 2 Tour Map Guide