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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LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities
Oct20

LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities

The team here at Living Fort Wayne considers ourselves a pretty hip bunch. But we will jump right in on the fall-lovin’, pumpkin-spice-latte-drinkin’, sweater-wearin’ bandwagon when the leaves start to change and there’s a bit of a chill in the air. So here are our top picks for all things fall in Fort Wayne. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! Leslie Snare – Director at Large My vote is for the Amazing Fall Fun corn maze and farm. It is such a great family activity and not too far outside of the city. They have a 12-acre corn maze as well as one of the largest and most unique pumpkin patches in Indiana! Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor I’m not a big autumn fan, but I do enjoy the River City Rat Race, gourmet giant caramel apples from DeBrand’s Fine Chocolates, and kayaking anywhere with colorful foliage. Sarah Pine – Social Media Contributor One of my favorite fall activities is going to Advanced Tree Technology in New Haven! It’s a great place to go with family or friends to pick delicious apples from their rows and rows of beautiful apple trees, pick out some pumpkins and get some apple cider. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair I am really looking forward to checking out the Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central put on by ARCH. I am not usually one for scary tours, but I am a bit of a history buff. Plus, my boyfriend used to live in the one of the featured “haunted” buildings, so I’m very curious to see what secrets may lie within its walls. The tour will take off from the USF Performing Arts Building (formerly the Scottish Rite) and is only $10. Click the link above for more details. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Watch a football game! And I’m not talking about from your couch. As a proud 05’er, I can hear Northside’s marching band, the national anthem and every touchdown cheer on Friday nights. There’s something very “fall” about school pride and cold bleacher seats. My vote this fall is to grab some coffee, or a giant hot dog, and watch some football the old school way. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair I love biking and running at the New Haven Rivergreenway! Fall is the time to get in some exercise and breathe in the crisp, cool air. YLNI’s Winter Farmer’s Market is a nice change of pace from the heavy meals and desserts that come with the fall and wintertime. And last but not least, Fortezza, Old Crown or Firefly are the places to go for...

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