My Favorite Places To Visit While Exploring Fort Wayne, Indiana

There is so much to do in Fort Wayne, Indiana year round it’s the perfect place to visit with family or just a quick getaway for a couple. Recently we had a wonderful weekend in Fort Wayne thanks to the Fort Wayne Visitors Bureau and the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Some of the traditional attractions I visited include The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory which has an indoor tropical, desert and showcase gardens, plus outdoor areas.  You can always make a pit stop at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and check out the American paintings, sculptures, and the 1860 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has 19th-century stained glass. 


The Foellinger Botanical Gardens

Take the little ones to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo I love the African savannah and an Indonesian rainforest. Each year in the zoo is decorated for Halloween and features several photo spots where guests can take their own pictures. Make sure your little ones wear a costume; for the second year we are hosting the Wild Zoo Halloween photo contest. This family fun adventurous event will feature tasty treats that are just right for pint-sized guests. This event is very inexpensive and has something fun to do for the entire family and a perfect time for us to visit. 



I’ve rounded up a few more my favorite places to explore while in time Fort Wayne did you know Fort Wayne has a little something for everyone?

Chocolate Lovers!!! Oh, Cholocate fanatics Debrand’s Fine Chocolates is paradise.  Choose from a wide selection of delicious artisan chocolates or a sundae for your enjoyment  Debrand’s has them both but that’s not all.  Customers can also purchase fresh crèmes, rich caramels, decadent ganaches, truffles, brittles, smooth creams and much more.  Each shop offers a remarkable ambiance, excellent customer service, and a one of kind chocolate experience. 



Goodies I Purchased On The Way Home

Country Heritage Winery is about 15 minutes outside of Fort Wayne in LaOtto, Indiana. It’s honestly one of our favorite wineries we never leave without bringing some of our favorites back. Country Heritage Winery has earned many awards with their wine, including 2015 Indiana’s Farm Winery of The Year.  


“Country Heritage was honored to receive the Governor’s Cup, recognizing the winningest Indiana Winery from the 2017 Indy International Wine Competition! The Indy International is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. We also took home 42 medals including 3 Double Gold, 12 Gold, 15 Silver, & 12 Bronze. We received Best of Class for our 2013 Estate Grown Marquette & Heritage Rose. In 6 years of being open, we have been grateful to receive 156 medals, 8 Best of Class, Indiana Traminette of the Year, & Indiana Farm Winery of The Year in both 2015 & 2016.” – Country Heritage


Tasting Room

We’ve never been to a winery where all the wines exceeded our expectations until we moved to Fort Wayne and made one of many visits to Country Heritage Winery. There open seven days a week and will often have live entertainment. Stop by the tasting room and enjoy samples before you purchase some of the best wines Indiana has to offer. 


We huge sports fans so we always check the calendar and plan to catch a baseball game at Parkview Field, hockey or basketball at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum. Mad Ants is the G-League team for Indiana Pacers. As part of the NBA Development League, the Mad Ants provide major league entertainment at a price that families love. Players dunking in Fort Wayne one night might be on TV slamming for the NBA the next. A Komet Hockey game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the perfect setting for a night out in Fort Wayne for fans of all ages. The Fort Wayne Komets have been a part of the community since their first season in 1952, making it a family tradition for over 60 years! The Komets currently compete in the ECHL as the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL). 


Stay at a central location in the heart of the city at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. The rooms are extremely comfortable and they all have a refrigerator and microwave. As a loyal Hilton Honors gold member, I love the daily perks of enjoying an appetizer and one adult beverage at no additional cost after 5pm just Hilton’s way of saying thank you.  Another wonderful perk is the awesome breakfast buffet free for gold or diamond members. In need of a little Starbucks, there’s a full-service barista serving of all your favorite drinks. Parking is just across the street but shuttle service is also offered to the airport if you’re not driving.



These were in our room when we arrived #grateful



Full-service Bar One Free Cocktail For Gold & Diamond

The Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center is within walk distance to the beautiful Embassy Theatre another one of my favorite places in Fort Wayne. The Embassy Theatre is a 2,471-seat performing arts theater. It was built in 1928 as a movie palace and today it is the home of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. I’ve seen a number of concerts and live productions. Artist such as Anthony Hamilton, Earth Wind & Fire, and Donell Jones just to name a few. Check out the list of upcoming Broadway shows


There is so much to do in Fort Wayne, Indiana so when planning your next trip feel free to take my recommendations and add from few from here. Our trip to Fort Wayne was a blast we’re looking forward to going back in October. 

This post is sponsored in partnership with the Fort Wayne Vistors Bureau. I’ve shared a complete and honest review solely based on my travel experience.

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