Fort Wayne Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Fort Wayne Trip Guide

This city of 250,000 (125 miles northeast of Indianapolis) impresses with well-thought-out attractions and draws genealogy buffs to the beautiful Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, which expanded in 2007.
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
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What to do

Cherry Hill Golf Course Challenge yourself on the manicured course on the outskirts of town. (260) 485-8727;

DeBrand Fine Chocolates Take a sweet behind-the-scenes tour. (260) 969-8333;

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Little ones can see it all—lions, zebras, zoo babies—without being lifted up.  (260) 427-6800;

Fort Wayne Museum of Art Explore galleries devoted to American paintings, sculptures and more from the 19th century to present. (260) 422-6467;

Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale Each spring, some 60,000 loyal shoppers wait in line to snag bargains on signature cotton bags in the company’s hometown. (888) 855-8372;

Where to eat

Cork ’N Cleaver Perfectly cooked steaks and exceptional service make for a great date night. Leave room for the mud pie. (260) 484-7772;

The Oyster Bar Attentive servers bring out seriously fresh seafood, steaks and cocktails in an old-school setting. (260) 744-9490;

Where to stay

Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center The Hilton is within walking distance of many downtown attractions, including the glassed-in Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. From $119.  (260) 420-1100;

For information: Visit Fort Wayne (800) 767-7752;

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