Fort Wayne

Allen County Courthouse

Fort Wayne is a city in the northeastern part of Indiana a state of the United States of America. It is 30 minutes from the western Ohio border and 70 minutes from the southern border of Michigan. The population is 248,341 (circa 2005) people.

Fort Wayne is a metropolitan city with a small community feel. It provides the rush of urban activity while never losing an intimate personal connection with those who live or visit here. Fort Wayne is the second largest city in the state of Indiana, located in Allen County, the largest county in the state by geography. It is the regional commerce and industry center for Northeast Indiana and also impacts the economies of Southwestern Michigan and Western Ohio. Fort Wayne has been and is a breeding ground for entrepreneurs and high tech industries.

The city has many historical buildings that usually offer regular tours. The city itself has a long history going back to the 1700s, but has lately succumbed to the urban sprawl so widespread in the Midwest. It is nicknamed the "Summit City" because, even though the surrounding area seems completely flat, it is on the high point of the old Wabash-Erie canal.

Get in

By plane

Fort Wayne International Airport operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.It's served by commuter and regional jets from most of the major hubs in the country. The airport has free internet (wireless or in carrels upstairs on the secure side).

There is a cookie factory right across the street from the airport, and you can tell what they're baking that day by smell. Volunteers meet you when you arrive and give away free cookies as you come through security.

For flights to Chicago, expect to pack your hand luggage into a small cargo hull. It is recommended that you avoid packing anything fragile in your carry-ons. The smaller lines operate tiny planes in between FW and Chicago and there is little room for even ladies' purses.

There is a shuttle bus service between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne run by Hoosier Shuttle.

By car

By bus

Main: (260) 423-9525). With reasonable bus service.

By train

Get around

By bus

There is a municipal bus system that can get you around called Citilink. The system has limited routes and hours of operation.

By car

To get into downtown US 27 would be the main route from north or south and Jefferson Boulevard from the west. From the east the route to downtown Fort Wayne Washington Boulevard and would pass through New Haven. All major Rental Car Companies have franchises are at the airport, but don't rent here. The airport branches are much more expensive. Call the Enterprise Car Rental location on the SW or NE side and have them pick you up. They have a weekend rate for $9.95 a day, from Friday morning through Monday morning. Reserve other rates online for the best rates.

If you get into the airport on a late flight, don't assume there will be taxis waiting. Call ahead and arrange one on A-1 taxi at 260-478-9910 or 800-871-0518.


Lincoln Bank Tower

Outdoors and Landmarks

Fine Arts


Parkview Field



If you like chocolate, there is a great store with four different locations called Debrand's It is located in the airport, on the non-secure side, across from security, off of Coldwater Road south of Washington Center Road, on Auburn Road in the north, south of Dupont Road, and in the southwest in Jefferson Pointe. This store sells some of the best chocolate you will taste anywhere. It is made in Fort Wayne. They supply the TV show "The Apprentice" with the gold coin chocolates in the executive suite. The chocolate ain't cheap, but splurge and buy a couple of pieces - you will not regret it!

Fort Wayne has great shopping. Visit Jefferson Pointe on the southwest end of town for the up-scale department store Von Maur, a DeBrand chocolate shop, Barnes & Noble bookstore, Rave movie theater, restaurants (including the excellent Eddie Merlot's and popular Biaggi's) and mall stores (Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works). What makes it fun, especially in warm weather, are its wide concourses for strolling and window shopping, with beautiful garden areas, potted plants, and fountains. Live music on Friday nights during the summer is especially fun. Look online for a listing of summer music acts.

Glenbrook Square Mall, located on the north end of the city, is a legacy-type enclosed mall. It is always busy, has many stores, three big department anchors, and a really nice food court.


View of Downtown



Stay Safe

Like many cities, Fort Wayne has some trouble spots. To be safe, lock your vehicle when you plan to leave it unattended anywhere in the city, but especially in a parking garage or low lit area after dark. Places to be careful during the day and not walk through after dark include areas on the southeast side of downtown. Take care as you would in any major city after dark.

One natural threat to be aware of are tornadoes: if you hear a siren or there is a tornado warning issued, take it seriously.






Go next

Routes through Fort Wayne

Lansing Auburn  N  S  Huntington Indianapolis
Jct N S Huntington  W  E  Maumee Toledo
END  N  S  Decatur Richmond
Valparaiso Plymouth  W  E  Van Wert Lima
Elkhart Goshen  N  S  Wapakoneta Columbus

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