Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne
It can be tempting to sink into a cushy divan when passing the roaring fireplace in Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne’s lobby. However, guests at this family-friendly hotel would be remiss not to venture outside and explore all the attractions just a short drive away. The hotel offers easy access to everything from the long-necked giraffes at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to the long fire poles at Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum.
- Swim laps or float aimlessly in the hotel’s heated indoor and outdoor pools.
- Have a barbecue in the seasonal courtyard.
- Stay in shape in the onsite fitness center, then soothe your muscles in the hot tub.
- Onsite dry cleaners ready suits and dresses for an evening show at The Historic Embassy Theatre.
- Play scientist: The interactive Science Central museum, located in a repurposed power plant, is about an eight-minute drive away.
Fort Wayne, Indiana: Riverside Scenery and Family-Friendly Museums
Fort Wayne, the Hoosier State’s second-largest city, is situated in northeastern Indiana, near the Ohio border. It’s named after General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, a hot-tempered hero of the American Revolution who went on to help secure a number of military outposts in the early days of the republic. You can see the general’s stern-faced statue in Fort Wayne’s Freimann Square, a downtown oasis centered on a fountain that’s illuminated at night by colorful lights.
Thanks to its location at the convergence of the Maumee, St. Joseph, and St. Marys Rivers, Fort Wayne boasts some of the state’s loveliest scenery. One of the best ways to explore the landscape is to take a stroll along the network of riverside walking paths. The Rivergreenway Trail extends for more than 20 miles, past several green, leafy parks.
There are more than a dozen museums in town, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, which houses an extensive collection of works by William Forsyth and George Inness as well as several Amish-made quilts. At the family-friendly Science Central, kids can dance on a giant piano, explore hands-on meteorology exhibits, and make giant bubbles.