In mid-2015 I spent a week exploring Fort Wayne, Indiana. After years of the best friend politely but consistently nagging me to visit her in this northern city, I finally packed my car for a road trip and traveled further north and west than I’d ever been before. I learned a lot about this incredibly family-friendly city, and captured a lot of great photos to go along with the stories.
I think about Fort Wayne often, and so I thought I would share some of these photos with all of you. Enjoy!
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was one of the best zoos I’ve visited in the US, and the best place in Fort Wayne to take the family. Do you see those teeth?
This lazy red panda was literally just hanging from a tree at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. After spending several hours walking through the park I was ready for a nap, also.
After years of harassing the best friend about a lack of a fort in Fort Wayne, she took me to the fort in Fort Wayne. We get a private tour the day we went, and then I took this photo as we were leaving just so I would never forget…there is a fort in Fort Wayne.
Be careful while exploring the old jail in the basement of The History Center! You never know what might be around the corner. Hint, hint.
There is no shortage of fantastic local places to eat in Fort Wayne, but if you try anything at all it should be some coney dogs from Coney Island Hot Dogs downtown. I dare you to just eat two.
Lakeside Park was one of the unexpected places I stumbled upon while driving all over the city. The beautiful urban park is an oasis where many locals, including medical staff, students, and families, would escape for a comfortable walk.
Almost any clear summer evening should be spent at Parkview Field to watch the Tincaps minor league baseball game. First time visiting? You can get cheap tickets if you bring a blanket and sit on the grassy field past the right field wall.
Fort Wayne was undergoing a lot of construction, renovations, and highway improvements when I visited. It’s a good sign for a good economy.
The breaded tenderloin sandwich is a staple of Fort Wayne’s food scene. This enormous sandwich from The Acme was an amazing first sample of this food.
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