Family fun in Fort Wayne, Ind.

*This is a sponsored post.  However, ALL opinions are my own.*

Back when I lived in Marion, I used to go to Fort Wayne a lot to shop. However, once I moved further south to the Indianapolis area, my trips to Ft. Wayne become nonexistent.

As a writer, I’m on a few media lists and I recently got an email from the folks at Visit Fort Wayne mentioning things to do this summer. Since I now have a family and I’m all about affordable vacations, I thought I would head back to my old stomping grounds. Except this time I wasn’t going for shopping, I was going to have some family fun.

Fort Wayne is about an hour and a half away from Indianapolis, so if you can’t do a weekend you can certainly make a day of it, but I’ll warn you, you’ll be back to finish everything.

Who knew Ft. Wayne had so much to offer? In fact, there was so much to do that my family and I are planning to head back to catch the things we missed like shopping for me, Science Central for The Kid and dining for the husband.

We arrived early Friday evening to Hotel Fort Wayne, which would be our home for the weekend.

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Silly me, I’ve passed this hotel several times, but never noticed it. The staff was very nice, the rooms clean and they have a courtyard that leads to an indoor/outdoor pool. The location is perfect’! You’re close to Downtown and all its amenities.

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Since we arrived later than we wanted on Friday, our main focus was getting food. I was given several maps and things from Visit Fort Wayne and Shigs  In Pit, a barbecue restaurant is what stood out to me and the family.

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My goal on this trip was to eat and do only local things because I can hit up any chain restaurant or store any day.

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The food was pretty impressive. I forgot to get a picture of my husband’s plate, but if you go, you MUST get the baked beans.  Yum!

On Saturday, the family fun continued at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and the Botanical Conservatory. Before The Kid, my husband and I had been to the zoo, but it was really cool to go back and see things through our daughter’s eyes.

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We even got up close and personal with a giraffe.

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This guy just turned 30!

This guy just turned 30!

We didn’t do the entire zoo because the little one got tired, but we while she napped in the stroller, we headed to the Botanical Conservatory. This past weekend was the last time to see the butterfly exhibit, so we picked a right time to visit.

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I’m surprised I actually did this because me + flying objects= pure chaos. I kept my cool, though. The butterflies were lovely. Sidenote: Did you know their lifespan is only two weeks? Poor things.

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The conservatory is worth checking out because there is a lot for little hands to touch and if you like horticulture, you will love it.

Those two activities pretty much had us beat! I can’t wait to head back and do some shopping because I saw several consignment shops and boutiques that I want to check out.

Have you ever been to Fort Wayne? What did you think?

-Whitney-


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