With a downtown area constantly expanding and becoming richer with culture each year, Fort Wayne is an ideal place to flourish as a budding college student. So much to do, so little time—the city can be overwhelmingly abundant with activities, places to eat, and sights to see.
Luckily, we were able to narrow down the list. Here are some of the “classics” that should be on any student’s bucket list:
1. Eat a classic Coney Island hotdog.
Fort Wayne’s famous Coney Island Weiner Stand serves up the best hotdogs and is a staple of the city’s foodie culture. It’s one of four original diners that are still open for business.
2. Spend an afternoon at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
Visit with over 1,000 animals at one of the most popular zoos in the nation and enjoy snacks, rides, and shows in-between.
3. Catch a show at the Embassy Theatre.
From Cirque du Soleil to the renowned Fort Wayne Philharmonic to famous comedians on tour, the Embassy Theatre is a catchall for talent and entertainment. Aside from the shows, the theatre itself is a historically gorgeous sight.
4. Cheer on the TinCaps at Parkview Field.
With warmer weather comes baseball season and the Fort Wayne TinCaps, named for Johnny Appleseed. The post-game fireworks are a must-see.
5. Ice skate at Headwaters Park.
When Indiana winter weather rolls in the ice rink opens up. Fort Wayne residents snatch up their skates and flock to Headwaters Park every year for some time on the ice.
6. Go stargazing with the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society.
On Saturday nights, venture out under the stars with Fort Wayne’s very own Astronomical Society. Just make sure you check the weather before heading out to avoid a cloudy view.
7. Head over to the roller derby.
The Fort Wayne Derby Girls mean business and their raw talent is always worth a watch. Check out their schedule and take a night to cheer them on!
8. Sing along at Rock the Plaza.
Every Saturday throughout the summer, free concerts are held at the downtown Allen County Library. Get a group together and rock on.
9. Stop and smell the roses at the Lakeside Park Rose Garden.
A gorgeous spot for photo shoots, a walk, and events of all kinds, the Lakeside Park Rose Garden is filled with flora and intricate architecture for that special day or perfect shot.
10. Tour DeBrand chocolate factory.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates offers a wide range of confections from truffles and bars to coffees and sundaes. While it’s fun to stop in and shop, the corporate headquarters factory store offers guided tours with a peek inside the kitchens (and free samples!).
11. Be amazed at Buskerfest.
One of Fort Wayne’s many notable festivals, Buskerfest takes over downtown to celebrate and showcase street performers in a family friendly atmosphere with a host of downtown restaurants and food trucks.
12. Celebrate with the Patriotic Pops concert.
Each year on the Fourth of July, the Steel Dynamics Foundation Patriotic Pops concert comes to Foellinger Outdoor Theatre with patriotic music performed by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
While you’re enjoying all the festivities and events Fort Wayne has to offer, be sure to stop by IPFW and take a trip around campus with your College Visit Checklist.