Fort Wayne, IN

Travel Guide
Fort Wayne

Stylish architecture, large parks and a host of galleries and museums await in this friendly, lively city in Indiana.

A spacious, leafy city built on the point where three separate rivers converge, Fort Wayne retains a small-town feel despite being home to over a quarter of a million people. The city is the second-largest in Indiana and was named after statesman Anthony Wayne who built a fort here during the American War of Independence in the 1700s.

Fort Wayne experiences four distinct seasons with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Visit in summer and join the locals walking along the rivers or enjoying picnics in the large outdoor areas, such as Johnny Appleseed Park. This green space north of downtown lies on the banks of the St. Joseph River and is the final resting place of famous missionary Johnny Appleseed. Go fishing, boating or kayaking on the river and hike and bike along trails in the park. Pick up a booklet from the Visitor’s Center off Washington Boulevard to take a self-guided architectural tour of the town. See the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception built in 1860, mid-century mansions and the impressive Embassy Theatre.

A great way to spend chilly winter days is to explore the city’s many galleries and museums. Choose from more than 15 institutions, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, which contains a large collection of works by American artists such as William Forsyth and Janet Fish. Find out about the city’s more than three centuries of history at the Fort Wayne History Center. When you need some bracing fresh air go iceskating in Headwaters Park or sledding and cross-country skiing in any one of the city’s outdoor areas.

Children will love the hands-on exhibits at Science Central and days out at the Children’s Zoo. See 1,500 animals housed in exhibits based around Indonesian rain forests, African savannahs and more.

Fort Wayne is 130 miles (209 kilometers) north of Indianapolis and 163 miles (262 kilometers) east of Chicago. Most major attractions are within walking distance of the city center. Reach the parks on the outskirts of Fort Wayne by car or bus and make the most of the many outdoor activities this pretty city has to offer.

Where to stay in Fort Wayne

Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne
Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne
3 out of 5
5750 Challenger Parkway, Fort Wayne, IN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Allen County War Memorial Coliseum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (944 reviews)
"Everyone was very friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown
2.5 out of 5
223 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $103 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in West Central, this hotel is steps from Grand Wayne Convention Center, Embassy Theatre, and Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (265 reviews)
"The location is great. Liked being downtown. The facility was very nice! Liked everything about it; except you seemed short handed with staff. This however is to be expected with today's labor shortage."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown
Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown Grand Wayne Convention Center
Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown Grand Wayne Convention Center
3 out of 5
1150 South Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN
The price is $116 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in West Central, this hotel is steps from Grand Wayne Convention Center, Embassy Theatre, and Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Cathedral of ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (547 reviews)
"They were really great!"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown Grand Wayne Convention Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne North
3 out of 5
10650 Diebold Road, Fort Wayne, IN
The price is $105 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Fort Wayne, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Parkview Women's & Children's Hospital and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Dupont Hospital. Allen County ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (13 reviews)
"Loved the cleanliness and hospitality"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne North
Homewood Suites Fort Wayne
Homewood Suites Fort Wayne
3 out of 5
8621 Us Highway 24 W, Fort Wayne, IN
The price is $136 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Fort Wayne, this aparthotel is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from Lutheran Hospital and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Jefferson Pointe. St Joseph Hospital and Parkview ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (199 reviews)
"The room was quiet, clean and spacious. Nice breakfast. Great value for the price. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Homewood Suites Fort Wayne
Beautiful Skinner Lake View Cottage
Beautiful Skinner Lake View Cottage
Albion, IN
Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chain O' Lakes State Park, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, and Noble Hawk Golf Links. Presence ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
Cozy and comfortable
"This was my 2nd time here. Super cozy for being alone. I love the style, several antique types of furniture. Communication was excellent and I will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Beautiful Skinner Lake View Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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