After a day of exploring the great attractions around Ft. Wayne, put your feet up at a relaxing hotel near Fort Wayne Airport.
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical ConservatoryDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 7.9mi
1100 S. Calhoun St.
Stop and smell the flowers and explore one of the best botanical conservatories in the Midwest. Three distinct inside gardens will draw you into one tranquil environment after another, from the Showcase House with its seasonal displays, to the lush Tropical House, where orchids and palms thrive in the shadows of a cascading waterfall, to the sparse beauty of the Sonoran Desert House.
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Fort Wayne Children’s ZooDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 10.1mi
3411 Sherman Blvd.
Come and enjoy 42 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and find out why 500,000 annual visitors call it the world’s finest children’s zoo. Journey to the jungle in the award-winning Indonesian Rainforest. Hike through Orangutan Valley and the Tiger Forest or travel to Africa in your own motorized jeep.
Old City Hall Historical MuseumDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 8.6mi
302 E. Berry St.
The historical museum is an architectural landmark. Housed in the former city hall and jail, the museum provides three floors of Fort Wayne and Allen County history. Recently the “Forgotten Images” exhibit showcased over 100 photographs of the Fort Wayne area by renowned photographer Felix Schanz.
Science CentralDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 10.2mi
1950 N. Clinton St.
Indiana’s center for science, mathematics, technology, and hands-on family fun. Intriguing exhibits, spell-binding science demonstrations, and educational programs — a great place to hold picnics, parties, retreats, lunches, and off-site meetings.
The Lincoln Museum
The Lincoln MuseumDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 8.6mi
200 E. Berry St.
Few presidents have left a legacy as memorable as that of Abraham Lincoln, and nowhere is it presented as it is in this museum. The award-winning permanent exhibit, Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment, includes 11 exhibit galleries featuring hundreds of artifacts from Lincoln’s era. Eighteen interactive exhibits allow visitors to read Lincoln’s mail, decorate the White House or fight a Civil War battle.
Corvette ClassicsDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 8.9mi
6702 Pointe Inverness Way
A world class museum for original and restored corvettes. Some of the finest cars in America are on display here.
Jack D. Diehm Wildlife Museum of Natural HistoryDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 10.3mi
600 Franke Park Drive
An educational look at North American Wildlife mounted in realistic settings. Open late April through Mid-October. Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Firefighters’ Museum and CafeDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 8.2mi
226 W. Washington St.
Located in historic Engine House No. 3, this museum showcases artifacts used by some of the city’s earliest heroes – the firefighters. It has preserved the history of the Fort Wayne Fire Department and also gives tours (by appointment) to teach fire safety. Dine among the artifacts in the Café! Price: Free to museum M-F 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical SocietyDistance from Fort Wayne Airport: 18.8mi
15808 Edgerton Rd. – New Haven
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is home to steam locomotive 765, which has operated excursions throughout the Midwest. The Society’s collection includes a smaller switching steam locomotive, two wooden cabooses, a 200-ton wrecker, a diesel locomotive and other historic railroad equipment.
Haunted Castle and Black Forest, now in its 34th season, is the premier haunted attraction in the tri-state area. Wednesdays through Saturdays in October.