Fort Wayne is full of many wonderful, historical, fun and interesting attractions, sure to satisfy anyone’s interests. The best part about some of Fort Wayne’s best places to visit, is that they are within walking distance of the Allen County Public Library and the Grand Wayne Convention Center! From spending some time learning about the history of our great city, to relaxing at one of the nation’s top baseball stadiums, you won’t be disappointed in what Fort Wayne has to offer for your down time.
If you’re in the market for a history lesson, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Fort Wayne is home to many interesting museums that to speak to the rich history of our city.
- The History Center: This is home to the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, including its museum and collections. There are over 26,000 artifacts, photographs and documents representing the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Even the building the museum is housed in is historic, having served as the City Hall building dating back to 1893 until 1971.
- African/ African-American Historical Museum : If you want to view a one-of-a-kind resource for Northeast Indiana, this is a can’t miss. This museum offers thought-provoking exhibits, docent lead tours and highlights the history and contributions made by African American people.
- Allen County Courthouse: Does beautiful architecture speak to you? The Allen County Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark known for its intricate design. The courthouse was restored to its original beauty in time for its 100th anniversary in 2002, and continues to this day. The courthouse features magnificent art glass, murals and intricately patterned tile floors not seen in the architecture and design of today.
- Fort Wayne Museum of Art: The FWMA is home to a permanent collection of art that follows the museum’s American Art Initiative, which aims to enhance the understanding of the relevance of America’s historical and contemporary art. The museum also features nationally renowned traveling exhibits that aim to highlight different types of art.
- Auer Center for Arts and Culture: Just across the street from the FWMA is the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. This cultural center houses arts and cultural organizations, galleries and studios. Serving as a cultural core for downtown, the Auer Center for Arts and Culture aims to provide artistic and civic growth throughout the region.
- Foellinger-Freiman Botanical Conservatory: This beautiful facility brings nature to you. The conservatory features four outdoor gardens, the Tropical Garden featuring a cascading waterfall and the Sonoran Desert Garden. Each garden offers a unique experience with different plant life right in front of your eyes. You will also be able to experience the Gardens of New Orleans, with the lush gardens and window boxes of the French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans. (And don't miss the FGS Opening Social at the Conservatory on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.)
- Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo: The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo offers a great chance to explore some of the world’s most unique species! Even though the title says “children’s”, this zoo offers a great experience for animal lovers of all ages! Take a walk through the African Journey where you can hand-feed a giraffe, or explore the Australian Adventure where you can see the beauty of a corral reef. You won’t be disappointed!
- Fort Wayne TinCaps: The Fort Wayne TinCaps are a Class A minor league baseball team affiliated with the San Diego Padres. Their facility, Parkview Field, has been ranked as the top Minor League Baseball experience and the #14 overall experience in ALL sporting venues. It is the perfect place to relax, take in the downtown scenery, and enjoy a great baseball game in a class-act facility.