With high-quality attractions, affordable admissions, and that big-city, small-town feel – families LOVE Fort Wayne! Discover the best things to do in Fort Wayne this summer and why it should be on the top of your must-visit list.

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Enter to win 4 Tickets to the Botanical Conservatory, 4 Tickets to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 4 Tickets to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 4 Tickets to a Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Game, 2 Tickets to Science Central AND a one-night hotel stay.


1.  Consistently ranked as one of the “best zoos in the nation,” the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a must-visit on any family getaway. See for yourself, as you pet a stingray, feed a giraffe, climb the new Bamboo Forest ropes-style course, and so much more!

2. Headwaters Park is downtown Fort Wayne’s festival park, and it is alive with music, food and drink every weekend all summer long. Cultural festivals like ArabFest, Greek Fest, and Germanfest bring sights and sounds to June, while July includes the Three Rivers Festival and Fort Wayne Pride, and in August you can get a taste of Fort Wayne’s art scene with Taste of the Arts.

3. Play ball! Rated as one of the best minor-league experiences, grab tickets for just $7 to enjoy a TinCaps baseball game in their awesome downtown stadium. Be sure to stick around for the post-game fireworks!

4. Built on three rivers that converge in downtown Fort Wayne, explore 140 miles of connected trails, kayaking or paddle boarding, or destinations like Promenade Park – a one-of-a-kind park that features a kids’ canal, permanent ping pong and corn hole games, a tree canopy trail, porch swings, river access, and more.

5. Take the fun indoors to Science Central for more than 200 hands-on exhibits. See a live science experiment in the newly-renovated accessible theater, splash in the water zone, test your knowledge of the solar systems at the Science on a Sphere exhibit, and so much more.

6. Immerse yourself into a Live Butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory – Fort Wayne’s botanical gardens featuring three gardens under glass. Plus, discover the beauty awaiting in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s glass wing featuring a new collection of work.

7. Take in the flavors of the season while dining outdoors! You’ll also want to visit The Landing district for a dozen delicious restaurants within one block and experience the culinary creations at Union Street Market food hall.

8. Explore vibrant pieces of art around every corner! Use the Fort Wayne Public Art Trail on your phone to find 150+ murals and sculptures around town. Check-in at public art pieces on the pass and earn prizes!

9. Fort Wayne’s many entertainment centers are the perfect activity for the whole family. Test your mini golf or laser tag skills at Crazy PinzLazer XPutt-PuttGeorgetown Entertainment, or Combat Ops. Or the littles will enjoy new destinations like Kids Empire at Jefferson Point with its space for running, playing, climbing, and exploring.

10. What’s even better is that Fort Wayne is a great convenient and affordable destination from Detroit. Plus, you can save on Fort Wayne’s top attractions with the Fort Wayne Adventure Pass, which offers discounted admission to seven attractions!  

Find the adventure pass and more recommendations to start planning your getaway at VisitFortWayne.com/Summer