Fort Wayne – Things to do with your Team

Fort Wayne is home to 15 museums and art galleries, a philharmonic orchestra, a botanical conservatory, a zoo, and 86 public parks.

The city is also recognized as the final resting place of American folklore legend Johnny Appleseed. There’s even a two-day Johnny Appleseed Festival held in the third week of September at Johnny Appleseed Park. The event features traditional food, crafts, and historical demonstrations recalling the era of Johnny Appleseed.

Did you know that Fort Wayne is sometimes referred to as the “City of Churches?” It’s an unofficial moniker dating to the late 19th century when the city was the regional hub of Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal faiths. Bringing your team to play in the Fort Wayne area offers so many opportunities for fun activities. Here are our suggestions.


Riverfront Fort Wayne

Since Fort Wayne’s establishment, three rivers, the St. Marys, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee, have been an intrinsic part of the city. From adventuring the trails along the river, to getting out onto the blueways, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun!

Riverfront Fort Wayne offers load of fabulous fun and activities. If you’re ready to venture onto the waters, you can do it by canoe, single or double kayak, or standing paddleboard. Fort Wayne Outfitters rents all three at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates. You can also rent canoes or kayaks from Earth Adventures Unlimited.

Through Fort Wayne Outfitters, you can also go for a ride aboard Fort Wayne’s new 1840s-era replica luxury canal boat. Tour guides will lead 90-minute outings on Saturdays and Sundays, with more times available on demand. Customers will enjoy high-end teak furniture, comfortable cushions, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

You can also enjoy a 90-minute land and water tour on Fort Wayne’s new “duck boat,” an amphibious vehicle that offers sightseers downtown views as part of a 90-minute guided land-and-water tour. The vintage DUKW was built for military use during World War II, when troops and supplies needed to be moved quickly from ship to shore and back again, but many have been popularly adapted for recreational tourism uses. 1004 Cass St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; 1804 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


Old Fort Wayne

The first trading post was established in what is now Fort Wayne in the mid-1600s. Later, in 1697, Jean Baptiste Bissot built the first fortified trading post there to solidify the French claim on the region.

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In 1715, Fort St. Philippe, also known as Post Miami, was built and lasted until 1747 when Chief Nicholas found it undermanned and burned it to the ground. A second French Post Miami was built in 1750. It was turned over to the British at the end of the French and Indian War in 1760 only to be burned to the ground during Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763.

The British refortified the area but a new fort wasn’t built until 1794 when General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s forces built the first American fort. This was replaced by a better structure in the early 1800s and is the Fort that stood the Siege in 1812. Major John Whistler constructed the final active fort in 1816; the current reconstruction is a copy of this design. It was decommissioned April 19, 1819.

Old Fort Wayne is located on public park grounds, so you can always wander around and into the parade grounds. However, the buildings themselves are only open during events when they have volunteers on site. Rivergreenway, Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Putt-Putt Fun Center

Putt-Putt Fun Center continues to offer that same challenge of striking the perfect putt playing putt-putt golf. That’s not all though! As a family entertainment center, Putt-Putt Fun Center has plenty of other activities to thrill your senses and bring out the kid in everyone!

Speed off for a victory lap on the go karts. Their track allows you to power slide through corners, battling to counter steer to keep from sliding out. No bumping is allowed, but trying to outmaneuver your friends is all part of the fun. 4530 Speedway Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Parkview Field

The TinCaps are a Class A Minor League Baseball team based in Fort Wayne who are affiliated with the San Diego Padres, and play in the Midwest League. They won their first Midwest League Championship in 2009. They are the oldest franchise in the Midwest League.

The name TinCaps was chosen following the 2008 season, alluding to John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. The Tin Cap refers to a fictionalized depiction of John Chapman wearing a cooking pot as a hat in the 1948 Walt Disney movie “Johnny Appleseed,” though this depiction has been disputed by historians. Chapman spent his final years in Fort Wayne and is buried in the city. 1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


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Embassy Theatre

On May 14, 1928, the doors of the magnificent Embassy Theatre opened in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Built as a movie palace and vaudeville house, the Embassy provided a majestic backdrop for the entertainment of the day, complete with a Page theatre pipe organ.

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Vaudeville was at its height of popularity and the Embassy featured acrobats, comedians, magicians and musicians. For nearly 25 years the biggest and brightest stars of stage and screen graced the Embassy stage.

Over time, television and “talkies” slowly eroded the popularity of silent films and vaudeville acts, the mainstay of the Embassy. In 1952, the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel were sold to the Alliance Amusement Corporation. The current Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming, and more. 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Sky Zone

Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park! They are the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. Sky Zone offers a thorough workout combined with awesome, healthy fun. They have been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” While there, experience the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping, and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

They are dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying. They believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. Fly high while the employees keep it safe. 401 Fernhill Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Combat Ops Arena Laser Tag

Combat Ops Arena is the ultimate mission-based laser tag experience in not only Fort Wayne, but anywhere. At times you will face adversity and you will need to remain resilient and decisive. Their missions contain dangerously high levels of fun and excitement. They advise you to come prepared and ready to make it your mission.

Be prepared to wage battle in their unique and exciting laser tag arena. The post-war urban environment is multi-dimensional.  They have real vehicles in the arena that play a part in every mission and the layout is constantly changing and evolving.

Their arena has a large footprint that will enhance the experience, giving players the ability to take “long shots.” Unlike traditional laser tag arenas, you will find that the arena simulates a more realistic environment.

And, most importantly, their combat laser tag arena and gaming experience have been designed for all types of skill, age, and experience levels. Combat Ops Arena is designed not only for the little kids, but the big kids too! 702 Ley Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Room to Escape

Room to Escape offers thrilling and fun-filled themed puzzle rooms. Guests must find hidden clues, solve challenges, and secure their escape, all before the 60-minute countdown buzzer sounds.

Room To Escape is Fort Wayne’s premier escape room experience and is perfect for group outings, family reunions, get-togethers with friends, corporate outings, and date nights. You’ll work as a team to crack clues, solve ciphers, and unlock your way to victory.

Are you looking for something fun to do? One room. Your group. Sixty minutes. Go! Room To Escape is perfect for gamers ages eight to infinity. An escape room experience is the thing to do if you want to bond with family and friends in a new and exciting way. 3734 Allen Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46805


There will be lots of fun things to do with your team and families in the Fort Wayne area. When your team is done for the day, make sure they check out some of these activities to help keep the team enthused for the next day’s competition.