8 Reasons To Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana


Located in the northeastern corner of Indiana, Fort Wayne is the second largest city in the state. Sitting along the convergence of three rivers (the St. Mary’s, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers), Fort Wayne has been a thriving Midwestern city for more than 200 years.

With a walkable downtown, an up-and-coming art scene, historical attractions, river activities and a delicious food scene, Fort Wayne welcomes visitors to explore its Midwestern charms. Here are my top 8 reasons to visit Fort Wayne, Indiana!

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Downtown District

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I love visiting cities that have a walkable downtown district, making it easier to experience the true vibe of the city! Downtown Fort Wayne is compact and walkable with “Downtown Experience” signs clearly directing visitors to the main attractions of the area.

Art Scene

With a dedicated area to all facets of arts, the Main Street Arts Campus consists of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Civic Theatre at the Arts United Center (building designed by the famous architect, the late Louis Kahn), Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne Ballet and the ArtsLab Black Box Theater.

Waterfront/river activities

From exploring the trails along the riverbanks by foot, cycling or segway, to adventures on the water such as canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding, to touring the river on the new historic canal boat, the duck boat, a pontoon or airboat rides, Fort Wayne offers lots of ways to enjoy the three rivers!

Sweetwater Sound

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In 1979, Chuck Surack began creating song mixes for local bands with his 4-track recording studio in the back of his Volkswagen van. Fast forward to today, Sweetwater Sound has been providing music and audio equipment for more than 35 years.

Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball

Looking for a fun day at the ball park? Attend a TinCaps baseball game at Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne! The Minor League Baseball team is affiliated with the San Diego Padres and are named after the tin cap that local folklore legend Johnny Appleseed wore.

These are just a few of the many reasons why I loved my visit to Fort Wayne! With a walkable downtown district, beautiful architecture, thriving art scene, waterfront entertainment, outdoor activities, historical attractions, delicious dining, local shops and markets and welcoming locals, Fort Wayne is a delightful Midwestern weekend getaway!

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