Fort Wayne was named after Anthony Wayne, an American Revolutionary War officer. The settlement was founded at the conflux of three rivers: St. Joseph, St. Marys, and Maumee. Its time as a trading post influenced its economic growth, especially after the completion of the Erie Canal. Today, it’s the second-largest city in Indiana.
Johnny Appleseed Park is the final resting place of the fabled Johnny Appleseed. Headwaters Park is a spacious place to spend a day with the family, jogging or even ice skating.
During July, one of the main attractions in Fort Wayne is the Three Rivers Festival. The weeklong festival features music, games, and family-friendly fun.
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo spans 38 acres. It has five rides, more than 1,000 animals, and offers kids a chance to feed giraffes.
In the mood for barbecue? Visit Shigs in a Pit Barbecue. For an all-American burger, try Powers Hamburger Restaurant for dinner.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art houses contemporary works of art from around the country. It’s devoted to craft workshops and artist talks.
Fort Wayne has two main malls: Glenbrook Square and Jefferson Pointe. Both shopping centers offer national retailers. Specialty shops in downtown Fort Wayne include Castle Gallery and The City Exchange.