Fort Wayne Family Activities
Austin and I (Sydney) were able to visit some really neat places in Fort Wayne, IN last month. Although we don’t have any littles yet, every place we visited would be great for families!
Rain did make its ugly appearance at a few of the activities, but we made the most of it and still had a blast! If you are planning a trip to Fort Wayne, add these places to your list to check out.
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Parkview Field was a definite stop on our itinerary. We heard that a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game was always fun for the entire family. They are located at 1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, IN.
Upon arrival, we were told to go to one of the pavilion areas (based on the wristbands we had). It was set up like a picnic buffet. So fun! They had hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork, mac & cheese, apple crisp and more. Sounds like ballpark food to me! If you don’t have a wristband that came with your ticket, don’t you worry about going hungry… There are concession stands and numerous food/beverage carts as far as the eye can see! You know me, always on the lookout for food! 🙂
The whole time we were getting our food and exploring around the inside of the stadium it was pouring rain. 🙁 After about 45 minutes and a delay announcement, we decided to leave and see what else Fort Wayne had to offer. The ballpark was really nice, and we will definitely try another game the next time we are in town.
Picture provided by Fort Wayne CVB
We really enjoyed Headwaters Park. This is a 30 acre park! Headwaters Park isn’t located off in some secluded area that takes 30 minutes to get to; it is located in downtown Fort Wayne. How cool is this? Right downtown! It was so neat seeing all the hustle and bustle of downtown and then to come to a serene, greenery filled park. Their address is 333 S Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN.
The landscaping was so beautiful and there was so much grass space for families to enjoy a picnic, throw a football or just burn off some energy. The walking paths were very nice, as well. We saw kiddos riding their bikes, owners walking their furry friends and parents pushing strollers.
Headwaters Park also has tons of events and festivals throughout the year. In the winter months, they even have an ice skating rink! This year the rink is set to open on November 17 (pending weather).
The park had some really neat statues, as well. The design of them was so intricate!
Another neat area in the park was the splash pad. I know this is normally for kids, but I could have ran through here and cooled off! It looked so fun and refreshing.
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
I have been to a lot of zoos throughout my childhood. We were homeschooled and were always on trips, so the local zoo was a frequent stop wherever we were at. I have to say, I was very impressed with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo! We loved that there was a large variety of animals, not just the normal “lions, tigers and bears”.
Another thing that I noticed while visiting different exhibits is the fact that the viewpoints of the exhibits were very accessible to children. They didn’t need to have their parents pick them up due to too high walls, etc. Everything was catered to their height.
Speaking of heights, if you enjoy being way above for better views, you may want to check out the Sky Safari Ride. It is like a ski lift over the zoo! The Sky Safari Ride is located in the African Journey area.
Of course, Austin had to bring out his inner child while at the “children’s zoo”. 🙂
When lunchtime came, we decided to eat at Ray’s Barefoot Grill. On the menu was burgers, sandwiches, chicken fingers, wraps, cold drinks and more. Austin and I decided chicken fingers and fries sounded good. We could tell the chicken meat was good quality; it tasted great!
Later on, we thought a snack sounded good. After all the walking we had done, we had worked up an appetite! Austin got a vanilla chocolate swirl waffle cone. It was HUGE! I got the salted soft pretzel. It was also very large; two people could easily share it. Lucky for me, Austin hates salt! 🙂 The pretzel was all mine!
They are located at 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN.
This is a child’s dream place! Science Central is a hands-on science playland. 35,000 square feet of exploration! That is a lot of space for countless exhibits and learning opportunities. Science Central opened in 1995 and is located in the former City Light and Power Plant. They are located at 1950 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN.
At the very top of the third floor (and when I say top, I mean the ceiling), there is a lime green staircase that takes you up to a metal rail circle suspended 25 feet in the air! This is the High Rail Bike. There is a bike that is attached to the metal rail and you learn about gravity and balance as you ride around the rail!
*Planning tip: You must be at least 50″ tall to ride the High Rail Bike.
If you have younger children, Kids Central will be perfect for them! This space is just for kiddos ages 2 to 7 (parents are welcome too). Water activities, bubble windows and a giant keyboard are some of the activities they can experience here!
One of my favorite things at Science Central was the Giant Slide! Think “Chuck E Cheese meets high adventure”. The enclosed, twisty slide starts on the third floor and ends on the first floor! So cool! There is so much to see and do here. 🙂
*Planning tip: You must be 50″ tall to ride the Giant Slide.
Zip Timber Lake
Zip Timber Lake was such an awesome experience! If you are an adventure-seeking family, this is a stop you will want to make. Their address is 1740 E 675 N, Huntington, IN.
They offer two different tours: the Introductory Canopy Tour (heights up to 30 feet) and the High Adventure Tour (heights up to 70 feet). For both tours, the minimum weight is 50 lbs. We went on the High Adventure Tour; it is for the thrill-seeker! (You can read more about the differences of the two tours here.)
We went through Ground School to learn what to do and not to do. We also learned how to brake. This was a little intimidating at first, but not hard at all once you got the hang of it.
Then we were ready to go up in the treetops! We made it through our first zip line and it was amazing! We were about 30 feet off the ground at this point, so just at the starting point. 🙂 As we went further on through the tour, the zip lines got higher.
The Dual Zip (side by side) was really neat. You got to “race” the person beside you. Everyone said Austin and I came in really close, but we will just say I won. 😉
The first lake zip gave you a great view! We went straight over the water to the other side. There were also some aerial bridges and climbing elements when you went from zip line to zip line. They may look easy, but make no mistake…these demanded your full attention to get across!
The last zip was the finale! You were up on a platform 70 feet in the air. In front of you was a beautiful view of the lake. This zip line was a 1,000 foot (in length) lake zip! It was very intimidating, but so worth it as soon as you stepped off the platform! You can’t even see the end of the line in this picture.
I highly recommend that you check out these places if you are ever near Fort Wayne, IN. We had a blast!
Leave us a comment if you have ever been to any of these!
Have a great and adventurous day!