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Fort Wayne Local History

This is Indiana's second largest city located at the convergence of three rivers, St Mary's, St Joseph's and Maumee. It is name after general Anthony Wayne who established the fort that grew into the town.

The town is supposed to be known for inventions like the washing machine, refrigerator and a garbage disposal unit that was originally known as the electric pig.

Fort Wayne Attractions

Top Attractions

History Center - This is housed in the former city hall and jail and plays out the history of Fort Wayne and the nearby Allen country. The museum, on 302 Berry Str also has some interesting items on display like some of the oldest gas pumps, televisions and speakers ever made.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art - This is one of Indiana's top art museums with an extensive collection of some 1 300 pieces of collections from the 19th and 20th centuries. If you are lucky, you will be able to catch one of the major exhibitions from museums across the United States that are often brought to Fort Wayne from time to time. The museum, on 311 E Main Street, also offers classes and lectures.

Foellinger - Freimann Botanical Conservatory - Explore one of the best botanical conservatories in the Midwest and see three distinct inside gardens which will draw you from one tranquil enviroment to 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 Sonorad Desert House. Other attractions include Woody the Talking Tree and the hands-on exhibit of the Discovery, Plant-uses Galleries and the Underground.

The Lincoln Museum - From the award-winning permanent exhibit, Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment, to 11 other exhibit galleries featuring hundreds of artefacts from Lincoln's era. 18 interactive exhibits allows visitors to read Lincoln's mail, decorate the White House or fight a Civil War battle. There are four theatres and an array of Lincoln family photographs.There is also a rare edition of The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln in 1864 and is only one of eight in the world in public collections and the only one on permanent public display.

Cathedral Museum - A classic example of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of the Immaculator Conception's wood carving sanctuary and stations of the Cross are examples of wood carving at its finest. The Bavarian stained glass windows are said to be the finest of their kind in the Western Hemisphere. The Cathedral museum houses religious artefacts dating back to the 13th century.

De Brand Fine Chocolates Tour - The producers of fine chocolates for the past 16 years, you can experience true chocolate enchantment while touring the facilities and learn about how the company started, the processes involved and the commitment to quality, all while sampling some of the finest chocolates.

Model T Bicycle Rentals This attraction provides the public with unique four-wheeled, canopied bicycles the whole family can enjoy. They call these vehicles "Horseless Carriages." Riders get to embark along a relaxing trail through scenic Headwaters Park in Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. Guests are treated to a back in time experience. All the staff was attired in vaudeville-like get-up complete with straw hats. After the ride, our whole family was offered complimentary lemonade.
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Fort Wayne Shopping

Glenbrook Square - This is Indiana's largest shopping complex with all the amenties that you would expect.

Jeffersen Pointe Shopping Center - The Mediterranean architecture at this complex with its tree lined courtyards makes this a very attractive shopping center. It is in 4110 W Jeffersen Bvld.

Fort Wayne Activities

Science Central - Children will realise that maths and science can be quite enjoyable after visiting this museum. Things to do include being able to walk like an astronaut or creating an earthquake at this interactive museum.

For Wayne Children's Zoo - The zoo is located in 42 acres of landscaped gardens and may be one of the reasons that it gets 500 000 visitors each year. You can journey to an Indonesian rainforest or travel to Africa in a jeep - the possibilities of exploring wildlife and nature are endless. It is on 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Fort Wayne Parks & Gardens

Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory - There are three distinct gardens, the Tropical House, the Showcase, which has seasonal displays and the sparse beauty of the Sonoran Desert House.

Headwaters Park - This is one of the newest green creations in Fort Wayne and may be worth a visit just to see what the latest designs are in the garden industry.

Foster Park - One of Fort Wayne's most beautiful parks, it features the lovely Foster Gardens with the Bridal Glen and gazebo. A pathway for joggers and cyclists circle the 18 hole golf course. It also has pavilions, tennis courts and handicapped - accessible playground equipment.

Lakeside Rose garden - This award-winning garden is one of America's largest rose gardens, with nearly 2000 rose bushes, representing about 154 varieties. The park also features baseball courts, tennis courts, fishing and pavilions.

Fort Wayne Restaurants and Bars

Fort Wayne Restaurants

Golden Corral - This is a franchaise restaurant with a very highly publicised steak buffet dinner. The steaks are cooked in front of you and you select the pieces that you want. It has a salad, fruit and soup bar. Every Friday is "fishermen Friday" where shrimp lovers in particular generally get a good deal. It is on 4747 Lima Rd.

Sophie's Crepe Bistro - Crepes may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you are in the mood for something crisp and light this bistro may well be able to fulfil that need. You can watch the crepes being made and select the ones that you want as well as choose the sauces and fillings which include lean meat, cheeses and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Old Gas House - This is Fort Wayne's landmark restaurant, a grand old steakhouse and saloon that was established in 1907. If you have to eat anywhere in Fort Wayne, the Old Gas House should be on the priority list as it represents what Fort Wayne is all about from the decor to the atmosphere. They have a very nice vegetable platter and another light dish to try is their cheese fries with bacon.

Cottage Flowers & Deli - 236 E. Wayne Str. It offers breakfast and lunch specials as well as South Bend chocolates, gourmet coffees and Edy's ice creams.

Dash - In - 814 S. Calhoun Str. Cosmopolitan coffeehouse featuring creative sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts with a variety of coffees, teas, milkshakes, beer and wine. There is also live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Cheddar's Casual cafe - 305 W. Coliseum Rd. Fort Wayne's most popular eating and meeting place, serving lunch and dinner until late. Steaks, ribs, unique sandwiches, entree salads, hearty dinners and signature desserts served in huge portions at reasonable prices in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.

Fort Wayne Bars & Clubs

Mad Anthony Brewing House - On the corner of Broadway and Taylor streets is this micro brewery where you can order beers like Gabby Blonde Lager, Auburn Lager or Ruby Raspberry, all names of some of many beers brewed on the premises. The establishment reckons their beers are specialty lagers for special palates. Therefore, they are always thinking of making their beers better or thinking up new beers. There is different entertainment every night of the week.

Club Soda - Located downtown, it is quite sophisticated and the bar menu includes at least 30 martinis. There is nighly jazz and as if to emphasize the music, a nice shiny baby grand stands as the focal point of the club. The club is on 235 E Superior.

Piere's - If you have 9 bars and huge dance floors all under one roof then you certainly must have a large following. If you don't like what's being played on one dance floor, you simply move to another. There are many televisions too with a choice of sports or videos. For a cover charge of US$5, there seems much to offer.

Fort Wayne children's activities

Science Central - Children will realise that maths and science can be quite enjoyable after visiting this museum. Things to do include being able to walk like an astronaut or creating an earthquake at this interactive museum.

For Wayne Children's Zoo - The zoo is located in 42 acres of landscaped gardens and may be one of the reasons that it gets 500 000 visitors each year. You can journey to an Indonesian rainforest or travel to Africa in a jeep - the possibilities of exploring wildlife and nature are endless. It is on 3411 Sherman Blvd.

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