Disclosure: This blog post is in partnership with Visit Fort Wayne, but all thoughts are my very own.
Fort Wayne a Midwest Family Destination
Fort Wayne is just under 8 hours from Des Moines. Although this was one of our longest road trips we have traveled, it was well worth it! Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana and is filled with fun activities for all ages.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo may have been one of my favorite zoos to date. The zoo was filled with activities and unique animals to explore and learn about. Our family enjoyed a fun sea lion show where the sea lions were super active right in front of us.
Most zoos offer a train ride and carousel, but I was impressed by the fun log ride. Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride was a ride where you floated in a log around a woodsy area and listened to a story about crocodiles. The kids enjoyed the suspense and the life-like statues along the way.
The zoo was filled with active and different zoo animals. Except for this guy who had obviously been partying all night.
Rainy or hot? Science Central is the place to be! You could easily spend an entire day exploring all the fun things that Science Central has to offer. I love to explore different zoos, but I also love exploring different science centers as well.
The kids enjoyed running from station to station checking out all the fun exhibits. It was hard to keep up with them so we could actually chat about what each exhibit was all about! The wonderful thing about Science Central was how hands on everything was. It is always great to go somewhere and watch your child’s imagination run wild.
There was a fun kids zone called Fort Discovery for kids to climb and burn off some energy.
The kids enjoyed riding on this, even Travis!
The Fort Wayne Riverfront is where three large and important rivers in history merge. The Maumee, St. Joseph and St. Marys rivers come together in downtown Fort Wayne.
Although, we did not get a chance to visit the Riverfront during our stay (thanks to Midwest weather) we definitely will need to visit again! Fort Wayne is currently in Phase 1 of the Riverfront development and when everything is complete it will be a place for boating, kayaking, biking, commerce and community events. Truly the main attraction for Fort Wayne. Who will be joining me in 2019 to check it out?
What would be a summer trip without a baseball game!? Again, thanks to the wonderful Midwest weather we were not able to see the TinCaps actually play. We did have a chance to walk around the beautiful Parkview Field in the middle of downtown and meet Johnny!
Food + Drink
When visiting anywhere, I love to check out the food and drink scene. Fort Wayne did not disappoint in that department. Here are a few places I highly recommend.
- The Yummi Bunni – Ice cream between two doughnut halves? Dreamy!
- Trubble Brewing – We love to check out local brews and this one was great. The kids were not allowed inside, but they were very accommodating as we sat on the patio.
- Conjure Coffee – Cold brew was A-okay!
- DeBrand Fine Chocolates – Every chocolate lovers dream come true.
- Penn Station – Looking for a quick bite? These sandwiches do the job!
Other Places to Visit
You can easily spend a long weekend or whole week exploring Fort Wayne, Indiana. Take a look at some other attractions to add to your list when you visit.
- Museum of Art
- Botanical Conservatory
- Combat Ops Arena, Inc.
- Old Fort – We drove by this a few times and it looked very neat!
Looking for other great places to eat as a family? Check out 6 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Fort Wayne.
Take a look at some highlights on Instagram from our trip in Fort Wayne, Indiana.