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Things to do in Fort Wayne

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“Consistently rated one of the top 10 zoos in the country, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is fun for the whole family! You'll love the Australian Adventure and the African Journey, but definitely go see Asmara, the baby orangutan, and her family in the Indonesian Rain Forest. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You can shop, watch a movie , dine and do arts and crafts all in one shopping experience. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“The display changes regularly. If you love modern art, this is a must see.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Great cocktails and Gourmet Tacos! Fabulous view of historic courthouse is lovely at night”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
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“My favorite bar in Fort Wayne. The food is great, and the atmosphere is also great! The 100yr old back bar is amazing! Everything is good, they usually have a small seafood bar on Friday nights. My favorites are the black bean nacho deluxe and the grilled tenderloin sandwich, but truly everything is good. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Pub offering beer & scotch, bar bites & soccer on TV amid classic Celtic ambiance Outdoor seating is available! Trivia nights on Friday is a fun time!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“The Conservatory is open year-round, and is a wonderful treasure in downtown Fort Wayne. Displays change seasonally. Lots of hand-on, educational fun for kids, as well as adults.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Local brewpub chain hosts live bands & offers deep-dish-style pizza & handcrafted beers. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great pizza and beer. You can buy by the slice or a whole pizza. They have a cool outdoor eating area which is very lively on weekend nights. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This is a local neighborhood coffee shop and cafe just a few minutes away. They have a lovely outdoor seating area as well as indoor seating. Homemade scratch kitchen food such as quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches. Yummy pastries. Homemade ice cream. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Diner
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“My favorite place to eat downtown! The owner Angie is a real character and is great at fun and witty banter. There are only 15 seats so you may have to wait. I wouldn’t recommend for groups bigger than 3-4, it is the type of place that people will slide down a seat so you can sit together. My favorite is the “Garbage “ and it is a local favorite. They are open Monday-Saturday 6am-2pm. They lock the door at 2pm!! Tell Angie that Eric sent you and that she shouldn’t lock me out!😂”
  • 7 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
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“This place is awesome and a Fort Wayne Tradition!! Live a bit of history, this place has changed very little since it opened. This is the place people always want to come to when they come home if they have moved away. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great modern atmosphere. Great beer. Fresh food. Call for reservations on weekends and Sunday brunch. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Quirky scratch kitchen food. Great beers on tap. A local brewery. Nice outdoor seating area. You'll encounter plenty of hipsters and foodies :) They have a weekly trivia night too!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Have kiddos with you? Spark their imagination at Science Central! Explore 200+ permanent hands-on exhibits and national touring exhibitions. Get fun, educational items in the Gift Shop. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Modern steakhouse & martini bar with a twinkling, supper-club vibe enhanced by live jazz !”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great cocktails and Gourmet Tacos! Fabulous view of historic courthouse is lovely at night”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
“My favorite bar in Fort Wayne. The food is great, and the atmosphere is also great! The 100yr old back bar is amazing! Everything is good, they usually have a small seafood bar on Friday nights. My favorites are the black bean nacho deluxe and the grilled tenderloin sandwich, but truly everything is good. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Irish Pub
“Pub offering beer & scotch, bar bites & soccer on TV amid classic Celtic ambiance Outdoor seating is available! Trivia nights on Friday is a fun time!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Local brewpub chain hosts live bands & offers deep-dish-style pizza & handcrafted beers. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great pizza and beer. You can buy by the slice or a whole pizza. They have a cool outdoor eating area which is very lively on weekend nights. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Diner
“My favorite place to eat downtown! The owner Angie is a real character and is great at fun and witty banter. There are only 15 seats so you may have to wait. I wouldn’t recommend for groups bigger than 3-4, it is the type of place that people will slide down a seat so you can sit together. My favorite is the “Garbage “ and it is a local favorite. They are open Monday-Saturday 6am-2pm. They lock the door at 2pm!! Tell Angie that Eric sent you and that she shouldn’t lock me out!😂”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great modern atmosphere. Great beer. Fresh food. Call for reservations on weekends and Sunday brunch. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
“This place is awesome and a Fort Wayne Tradition!! Live a bit of history, this place has changed very little since it opened. This is the place people always want to come to when they come home if they have moved away. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

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