Breathing It In: 5 Outdoor Activities for Nature Lovers in Fort Wayne

Did you just move to Fort Wayne and you don’t know where to go for a run? Or maybe you made a 2019 resolution to get outside more (and you’re sticking with it!)? Whatever your motivation for seeking out nature, Fort Wayne Indiana has a plethora of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities.

Check out this list to see just five of the many ways you can get outside and enjoy all the nature Fort Wayne has to offer!

1. Take a Trail

Fort Wayne claims over 100 miles of trails. The city is extremely bike-friendly, so grab a helmet and get to exploring those bike trails.

The trails wind their way around the city of Fort Wayne, connecting you to parks, farms, and splash pads.

Biking the trails is a great way to work up a sweat, breathe some fresh air, and see the sights.

2. Splash in a River

Although most people don’t associate Indiana with water activities, Fort Wayne was built on three rivers. With the intersection of the Saint Joseph River, St. Mary’s River, and Maumee River as its backyard, Fort Wayne is definitely a river city.

You can boat, paddle, or splash your way around the three rivers.

Don’t have a kayak? Don’t worry. Fort Wayne has a rental companies that can provide you with paddle boats, boats, and pontoons for a day on the water.

3. Enjoy a Park Day

While you’re biking around the Fort Wayne trails, you’ll likely stumble upon one of the over 80 award-winning parks. There are sculpture parks, nature preserves, and promenades. With such diversity, there is a park for everyone.

Take the kids to Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo at Franke Park. Explore a wetlands preserve at Eagle Marsh. Check out the wildlife at Fox Island. And, the Doggie Beach at Fox Island is a big hit with the four-legged nature lovers!

4. Smell the Roses

Looking for a way to squeeze in some nature without leaving the city? Look no further than the Botanical Gardens.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is located in the heart of Fort Wayne. With workshops, classes and an annual butterfly exhibit, the Botanical Conservatory is a breath of fresh air.

With indoor and outdoor gardens, this is a year-round escape to nature. Retirees and grandkids alike will find hours worth of entertainment at the Botanical Conservatory.

5. Take in the Farm

Located just north of Fort Wayne, the Saloman Farm is a unique way to commune with 1930s farm life.

Accessible by bike or car, the Farm offers the chance to learn from a real-life farming community with a historical perspective. Attend the Farm Camp or wander the property looking for rare bird species.

Endless Outdoor Activities

Whether you like to walk, bike, paddle, or explore, Fort Wayne has all the outdoor activities a nature lover could ask for.

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