Fort Wayne, IN
Parents Magazine named Fort Wayne's Children's Zoo as one of the nation's best. Family Tree Magazine named Fort Wayne as the city with the best public genealogy library in the nation. The city has earned many other accolades and awards, including winning the All American City designation three times by the National League of Cities. When you visit Fort Wayne and experience all it has to offer, you will see first-hand why the praise and awards keep on coming.
Must See in Fort Wayne
John Chapman's grave and memorial park is the final resting place of the man better known as Johnny Appleseed. His life and times are celebrated in an annual festival every September during apple harvest season.
Visit the award-winning Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
If you are a chocolate lover, you must tour the DeBrand Chocolate factory.
Where to stay in Fort Wayne
Downtown Fort Wayne has some nice hotels in different price ranges to choose from, and you are right in the heart of things so you can easily get to the Grand Wayne Convention Center, the Allen County Public Library, arts destinations, good restaurants and the Parkview Field Ballpark, which was named the no. 1 minor league stadium in the country by Stadium Journey magazine.
Fort Wayne's northside, close to the Children's Zoo and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and all they have to offer, has several nice hotels to choose from.
If you want to stay outside the city and have a thing for vintage cars, venture about 23 miles north, a 30-minute drive, to Auburn, Indiana, which has several hotels and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. You won't be sorry.
Best and Worst Times to Go to Fort Wayne
The best times to be in Fort Wayne are in July when the Three Rivers Festival is held, or in September for the Johnny Appleseed Festival. There is lots to do, along with the city's regular offerings to take advantage of. The worst time to go is in January and February when winter weather is usually the worst.
Where to Get Lost in Fort Wayne
Downtown Fort Wayne is fun to explore because it is safe and there is much to see and do. At the other end of the spectrum is nearby Grabill, Indiana, which is an Amish community. Grabill has a real, old-fashioned general store and The Country Shops, which is a flea market and antique mall with more than 150 vendors.
The Best Deal in Fort Wayne
Old Fort Wayne, an actual fort for which the town was named, is now a city park and is open to all. No admission is charged, but a freewill donation is appreciated.
Transportation in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne has its own public bus system, Citilink, which has low fares and several routes. Check its website or call to plan your itinerary. The city has several taxi cab companies providing service. The Fort Wayne International Airport is served by four airlines, and Smith Field, a public airport, is where people can take flying lessons and charter planes.
Getting in from Fort Wayne International Airport
Fort Wayne International Airport is 8 miles southwest of the city. You can rent a car or take a taxi into the city via the Baer Field Highway and U.S. 27 or via Ardmore Avenue.
Local Tip for Visitors to Fort Wayne
Train lovers, especially those who like steam engines, should check out the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and take one of their train excursions.
Author's bio: Susan Hoskins Miller is a writer who lives in metropolitan Indianapolis and works in a university library. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and exploring places in the Midwest.