Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Fort Wayne: Full of heartwarming Hoosier hospitality

Staff Report


Fort Wayne, the state’s second largest city, is home to many attractions and experiences for visitors to enjoy. Located northeast of Indianapolis and just 50 miles from Michigan’s border, this metropolitan area is known for its big-city amenities and hometown appeal.

Read on for tips on where to go and what to do while visiting.


J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House

121 W. Wayne St.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Who knew you could experience the Emerald Isle without ever hopping the pond? J.K. O’Donnell’s features traditional Irish pub eats, nearly 100 beers and a collection of ciders, whiskeys, bourbons and more.

The Oyster Bar

1830 S. Calhoun St.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Established in 1888, The Oyster Bar has been dubbed a “locals favorite” and “an innovator in the culinary arts” by USA Today. This Fort Wayne staple is known for legendary food and impeccable service.

Bourbon Street Hideaway

135 Columbia St. W.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


If Cajun food is more your speed, Bourbon Street may be the perfect spot for you. At the region’s only authentic New Orleans eatery, you’re sure to leave satisfied. In addition to many classic Southern dishes, diners can enjoy a wide range of signature cocktails, martinis and wine.

Casa Ristorante Italiano

Various locations


Voted the top Italian dining option in Fort Wayne, the Casa family of restaurants has been family-owned and operated since 1977. Check out one of their four locations for dine-in or carryout service.


814 S. Calhoun St.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Dubbed Fort Wayne’s largest craft beer bar, Dash-In features more than 23 varieties on tap. A host of modern classic dishes are made in-house, and most can be made gluten free or vegan. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, specialty coffee drinks and desserts are served, as well.

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island

131 W. Main St.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Nostalgia is abound at this old-school spot. This family-owned business opened in 1914 and has been serving the area for generations. It is estimated that a million hot dogs and 100,000 Cokes are served here each year! The 1950’s era decor, spinning seats and porcelain tabletops complement the all-meat hamburgers, chili and Coney dogs. Be sure to wash it all down with a soda in the small vintage bottle.


Don Hall’s Guest House

1313 W. Washington Center Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Don Hall’s is the city’s only independent full-service hotel. A stay includes free dinner and breakfast, free WiFi, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, in-house laundry, full-service restaurant and lounge with entertainment plus plenty of hospitality/banquet rooms for any size party up to 500 people.

Beside Still Waters

18017 Devall Road

Spencerville, IN 46788


Sometimes we all need to get away for a little R&R. How about getting away to a restored 1850s log cabin nestled among 40 wooded acres on a scenic, private 8-acre pond? The cabin has a private bedroom with king bed, lofted bedroom with double bed and fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals. To add to the peaceful atmosphere, there is no TV, internet or phone.

Oakwood Resort

702 E. Lake View Road

Syracuse, IN 46567


Oakwood, founded in 1893 as a permanent camp meeting ground for the purpose of spiritual edification and physical recreation, is now a waterfront hotel featuring 77 spacious rooms and luxury suites. It was also named Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice award winner for best hotel. The grounds also have a beach, tour boat and full-service Aveda salon/spa. If you’re in need of a bite to eat, check out The Pier Restaurant & Bar. located on-site.

Potawatomi Inn Resort

& Conference Center

6 Lane 100 A Lake James

Angola, IN 46703


Potawatomi, located in Pokagon State Park, overlooks Lake James. The inn has 138 guest rooms with two restaurants, indoor pool, game room, library, gift shop and 10,500 square feet of meeting space. Guests can also enjoy the Nature Center, horseback riding, seasonal toboggan and paved bike trail (rentals available).


Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

3411 Sherman Blvd.

Fort Wayne, IN 46808


Recently named “one of the top 10 in the nation” the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has fun the whole family can enjoy. Go and see the creatures of Africa, Australia and the Indonesian rain forest!

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Parkview Field

1301 Ewing St.

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802


Sports fans will be pleased to know that Fort Wayne has its own minor league baseball team. Take in a day of America’s favorite pastime at Parkview Field, located downtown. The entertainment is nice on the wallet as well with seats that start at just $5.

Headwaters Park

333 S. Clinton St.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Fort Wayne is home to lots of outdoor attractions for those interested in nature, live music, great food and more. Headwaters Park features a free splash pad that’s open all summer long. Be sure to also check out VisitFortWayne.com/festivals for a list of great events going on throughout the season.

Science Central

1950 N. Clinton St.

Fort Wayne, IN  46805


Fort Wayne’s children’s science museum, Science Central, is a place that makes learning an exciting experience for people of all ages. Be sure to check out RiverWorks Discovery, a nationally touring exhibition that entertains while informing visitors about the city’s inland waterways.


Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun St.,

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


What started as a shared vision between two friends — Helene Foellinger, publisher of the News-Sentinel, and Bill Sowers, a local attorney and trustee — is now known as “an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.” The conservatory hosts four changing showcases each year, four gardens, and over 20,000 square feet of plant life.

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