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Top Things To Do in Fort Wayne

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Steeped in Native American and military history, Fort Wayne's well-plannned and diverse cityscape is indisputably alluring. Historical landmarks showcase architectural styles from Gothic Revival, Beaux Arts to modern and post-modern. A major commercial hub, its attractions like the zoo and the museums continue to draw thousands of visitors to this urban gem.


Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Operated and managed by the Fort Wayne Zoological Society, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was opened in 1965. The zoo is touted to be one of the top zoos around the world. The zoo has an amazing variety of animals, birds, reptiles and other species. Apart from the animals, it also features fun rides for kids that include Endangered Species Carousel, Pony Ride and Sky Safari. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo also conducts various educational and fun workshops for kids. You can even schedule your kids birthday party right here at the zoo.

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Embassy Theatre

A long history goes into the making of the 2,477 seater Embassy Theatre, formerly known as the Emboyd Theater. Built in 1928, running cinema shows were the theatre's only bread and butter then. But a couple of decades later, the dough was missing, and a temporary shut–down followed. In the nineties, the Embassy regained its lost glory, complete with shiny Spanish renaissance style interiors. Now movies are a no-no - instead traveling broadway acts and renowned plays have taken over.

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Fort Wayne Museum Of Art

A total of 10 paintings donated by Theodore Thieme in 1921 marked the beginning of Fort Wayne Museum Of Art. This is the place to be if you wish to learn about history of art in America and explore some great artworks for yourself while in the city. A wide range of workshops and classes are also hosted at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art on a regular basis. The different temporary and permanent exhibitions here display artworks of talented artists from around the globe.

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is the result of the efforts and endeavors of Fort Wayne City, Foellinger Foundation, Lincoln National Corporation and the Freimann Trust. The idea behind this conservatory was to give the city its very own botanical reserve. Managed and maintained by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, every year students, tourists and locals come here to explore this treasure trove. Equipped with outdoor gardens, indoor gardens and modern facilities, it provides an insight into the world of botany. Apart from conducting regular classes, workshops and other events, it also has a rescue center specially designated for conservation and protection of endangered varieties of plants. This green sanctuary can also be rented for private events and celebrations.

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Science Central

Science Central is a fun place for adults and kids alike. The center has unique exhibits related to science, technology, engineering and math. Workshops and live science demonstrations are hosted at Science Central on a regular basis.

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Historic Fort Wayne

Founded in the year 2004, the Historic Fort Wayne is a non-profit organization that manages the Old Fort in Fort Wayne. The goal of the organization is to educate the local community and visiting tourists, about Historic Fort Wayne, and its significance to the State of Indiana and America, during the 17th and 18th centuries through interactive programs and events. The best time to visit is on weekends, when the events and programs are held. The events are entertaining and showcase the events during the 1600s, the French and Indian Wars, American Revolution, American Civil War and a Timeline event, which covers every war from the 1600s up to World War - II. During the re-enactment, the artists dress in period costume giving the play an authentic feel. Visitors can enjoy homemade baked goods and drinks prepared by volunteers. All events are free to the public and humble donations are accepted.

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The History Center

The Historical Center was founded in the early 1920s, with a minimal collection of historical items. Till date it has a stocked a collection of over 20,000 items that put light on the defining moments in Fort Wayne's historical past. The aim is to create an awareness of the history and heritage of the city. The Center over the years, has played host to special events and also hold lectures and talks. Rental facilities are available as well.

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Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve

Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve is a wetland preserve that is home to different species of birds and wildlife. Visiting this natural preserve is ideal for those seeking to spend quality time in nature's proximity. This park is home to numerous species of birds, making Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve ideal for bird watching.

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Headwaters Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to the Headwaters Park. This is a large park that is located by the riverfront of the Saint Mary's River adding to its scenic beauty. The park is well maintained where the grass and trees are properly cut with designated seating areas. It also has an ice rink active during the winter where locals enjoy their time gliding on ice. This open ground is also used for local and private events.

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Lakeside Park & Rose Garden

Lakeside Park & Rose Garden is a popular local attraction in Fort Wayne. The beautiful sunken garden and the many roses here together create a beautiful sight to behold. The paved pathways and well manicured grass complement each other and together add to the park's allure. Lakeside Park & Rose Garden features basketball and tennis courts where you can challenge your friend to a fun game.

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