Summer Outdoor Adventures of Northeast Indiana
Jun15

Summer Outdoor Adventures of Northeast Indiana

Northeast Indiana has no shortage of outdoor activities. From Fort Wayne’s three rivers, 86 parks and hundreds of miles of bike paths, there’s plenty to explore. Keep reading for our favorite outdoor adventures in and around Fort Wayne. Visit a State Park Northeast Indiana’s State Parks are the best places to go for hiking, observing wildlife, camping and more! Pokagen Located near Angola, Pokagen is one of Indiana’s original state parks.  With activities for every season, the park is a hot spot all year long. This summer head to Pokagen to enjoy its scenic hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing, horse riding and beautiful sunset views. Chain O’ Lakes Nine connecting lakes make up this state park. With 10 miles of hiking trails, plentiful beaches, the one-room schoolhouse nature center and cabins for rustic overnights, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy all weekend. Ouabache Easier said than it looks, this park’s name is the French spelling of a Native American word and is simply pronounced “Wabash.” Head here to enjoy the park’s interpretative naturalist services, hiking trails, swimming beaches and paved bike paths. Other Parks While not designated as state parks, there are plenty of natural areas nearby to get your outdoor fix.  Check out Allen County Parks with more info about Fox Island and Matea Park  which offer great activities for the kiddos. Salomon Farm Park is an historic working farm and park for everyone. Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is designated for hunting and fishing opportunities. Head to the Water There are numerous lakes and rivers surrounding Fort Wayne offering cottage rentals for a weekend (or longer) getaway. There’s no better place to de-stress than near the water. Lake Life Lake Wawasee is Indiana’s largest natural lake, with rumors that Oprah has purchased lakeside property there, and Al Capone used to be a regular visitor. Salamonie Lake has tons of activities to enjoy besides swimming and boating including biking and bridle trails, playgrounds, sports courts and waterskiing. Other nearby favorites are Crooked Lake, Lake James and Tri-Lakes. Looking for a cottage or lake house rental? Try a quick search on AirBNB! River Fun Fort Wayne is home to the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph Rivers which form the Maumee River. Fort Wayne Outfitters offers kayaking and canoe rentalswhile River City Ventures offers relaxing, scenic tours. If you’re willing to travel a bit out of the city, head just an hour to Howe, Indiana for some river adventuring. Mongo River Run and The Trading Post offer boat rentals from four to 13 mile runs down the quiet and scenic river. Hit the Trails Fort Wayne has hundreds of miles of paved bike paths...

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Get out for National Trails Day
May29

Get out for National Trails Day

For my family, going for a walk is an everyday event. While not everyone has the time to go out and enjoy a little nature walk everyday, June 2 is your excuse to make the time and enjoy your local trails. Northeast Indiana has plentiful, beautiful trails that make your walking, jogging, biking and skating safe and scenic. Thanks to many updates around the region, trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs so folks of all abilities can enjoy them. You don’t have to live in Fort Wayne to experience the trails. Almost every county in our region boasts a beautiful contribution to the trail system. So grab a friend or your puppy and start moving towards the trail closest to you!   The Trails Angola Trail Counties: Steuben Length: 4.4 miles Trail end points: Commons Park and E. Wendell Jacob Avenue This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. It is located just miles from the Ohio and Michigan borders and pathways connect Fireman’s Park and Commons Park. The trail is also walking distance from Trine University.    It’s a beautiful day for a morning bike ride. ☀☀☀#rivergreenway #lovingthisindiansummer A post shared by Sarah Sexton (@i.am.sarah.sexton) on Oct 18, 2017 at 8:00am PDT Rivergreenway Counties: Allen Length: 30.1 miles Trail end points: Shoaff Park to Historic Old Fort (Fort Wayne); Historic Old Fort and Moser Park (New Haven); Historic Old Fort to Southtown Centre (Fort Wayne) This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. This impressive, 30-mile trail way runs through Fort Wayne, by the rivers, through downtown and connects residential districts. The Rivergreenway serves as an all inclusive and easily accessible trail for any resident of Allen County.     Blue River Trail Counties: Whitley Length: 2.5 miles Trail end points: S. Main St./US 30 north of E. Hanna St. and Morsches Park This trail allows for biking, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. Blue River Trail helps link parks, businesses and residential areas along the Eel River.     Fairy spot on #Fishinglinetrail. A post shared by Roberta Stone, ASID, RID (@stone.roberta) on Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30am PDT Fishing Line Trail Counties: Noble Length: 1.3 miles Trail end points: E 850 N and E 800 N (Rome City) This trail allows for biking and walking. This is a developing and constantly improving trail in Noble County whose goal is to connect the tight-knit communities in the county.     Heritage Trail Counties: Kosciusko Length: 1.8 miles Trail end points: Winona Avenue and Roy Street This trail allows for biking and walking and is part of a larger system called...

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Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne
Jul27

Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne

Did you know that Fort Wayne has a bicycle advocacy organization? We met with Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne (BFFW) to get the details on what they do. Visit BFFW on Facebook and Twitter. Video by Jim...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
May05

LFW Weekend Fun File

Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. Debrand: Fort Wayne Tourism Week Celebration Friday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.         Debrand Fine Chocolates is celebrating tourism week in Fort Wayne with FREE chocolate tasting! May Day Art Show Friday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.         The show is free to attend, you can purchase some awesome food from 816 Pint & Slice, and artists’ work will be available to buy! Come on out! Bikefusion Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.         Test ride some bikes, have some good food, and drink some good beer! Heirloom and Organic Plant Sale Friday, May 6, from 10-7 Saturday, May 7, from 10-5 Sunday, May 8, from 10-6           Start your garden out the right way with some locally grown, organic plants! Relay for Life Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.             Walk for the cure at Parkview Field! Together, we can beat cancer! World Fair Trade Day Celebration Saturday, May 7 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.         Pop up art show, door prizes, and fun for everyone! Celebrate this annual event for a great cause with CWOW! Creative Cocktails: Avenue Q Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.         Main Street Bistro and Avenue Q sounds like an amazing night! You’ll love the food and the show, guaranteed! Beer and BarreBQ Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.         Great beer, food, and dancing. This fundraiser will be like none you’ve been to before, a relaxed atmosphere benefiting a treasure in Fort Wayne! FW Bombshells Presents: Moulin Rouge Carnivale Saturday, May 7 at 9 p.m.         Picture this: Can-can girls, the strongwoman, a contortionist, a snake charmer, and a green fairy you can only see when you’ve had some absinthe (which will be available at the bar!). Moulin Rouge is my favorite movie, and I’m all for this fun night! Take a trip to a side-show in Paris! 21+ please! Mother’s Day Downtown Sunday, May 8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.         Take your mom to explore downtown with free trolleys and fun for the family! Remember, this isn’t all...

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Fort Wayne Adventure Games:  The Adventure Begins August 1
Jul14

Fort Wayne Adventure Games: The Adventure Begins August 1

I’m always on the lookout to try something new, especially when it comes to exploring the city and a little physical challenge, so when I saw a Facebook pop-up for Fort Wayne Adventure Games, I knew this would be an event that I wouldn’t want to miss! Fort Wayne Adventure Games on August 1 is shaping up to be another can’t miss event for anyone looking for a one of a kind activity to do on a summer Saturday morning! So what are the Fort Wayne Adventure Games, you ask? They’re an “exciting city-wide competition where teams of two get to experience Fort Wayne like never before.” The premise is this: your two-person team bikes throughout the city to several surprise locations that are only revealed just prior to the race. The checkpoints highlight some fabulous Fort Wayne locations and include some sort of mental or physical challenge that must be completed before moving on to the next checkpoint. There are three divisions for the games: Fun, Open, and Elite (see FW Adventure games website for age requirements go to: http://fwadventuregames.com/race-info). Fort Wayne Adventure Games begin bright and early on Saturday, August 1, 2015, with the Elite division starting at 7:55 a.m. at Headwaters Park West (that’s where the race wraps up, too). In order to participate, each member must have a bicycle and helmet, along with some other gear that only adds to the allure of what the challenges may entail. Fort Wayne Adventure Games is one of the signature events by Sport Wayne, a non profit 501(c)(3) organization founded last year whose mission is “to help promote healthy lives, dynamic communities, and economic vitality.” They “wanted to create a unique homegrown competition that would be customized for Fort Wayne.” So they launched the Fort Wayne Adventure Games, “a city-wide adventure challenge that promotes our cities historical traditions and modern attractions.” I got to speak with Corey Ford, the President of Sport Wayne, Inc and here’s what he had to say about the event: “The majority of the planning has been done by staff and board members, but many of the venues and attractions around town who are hosting a checkpoint, have had full creative control of their challenge. They have all come up with some pretty clever mental and physical obstacles for teams to complete. There are also several other unique recreational organizations involved in running checkpoints, BUT we can’t give them away without giving away some of the surprises! We have been working on this event for over a year now, and we are glad it’s getting close!” Sport Wayne believes that “a city’s quality of life...

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