As the temperatures cool and the leaves start to change colors, Fort Wayne provides a warm welcome for a fall getaway weekend with your family! Fall is a great time to visit Fort Wayne, with many of the fall festivities and orchards opening, plus some of the great summer attractions are still open and available to enjoy.

On your next visit to Fort Wayne in the fall, here’s a bucket list of activities you will not want to miss!

Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge with fall leaves in Fort Wayne


1. Enjoy one of the great fall festivals in Fort Wayne!

Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 25 Experience life on a farm, plus fun fall activities. Starting on September 18, visitors can explore the 6-acre family-friendly corn maze, learn about dairy cows and baby calves, and enjoy the straw mountain, games, pick out a pumpkin, and much more! Guests are asked to remain 6 ft. apart at all times, and masks are required for guests age 8 and older when 6 ft. of distance is not feasible.

Amazing Fall Corn Maze Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 1 Wind your way through the 12-acre, Star Wars-themed corn maze — the largest corn maze in Northeast Indiana — and tackle the other 18 games on-site with friends and family. End the day with some delicious fall food!

Apples at Cook's Apple Orchard in Fort Wayne

2. Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches

On the search for the perfect pumpkin or delicious apple? There are plenty of pumpkin patches and apple orchards for your search. Here are a few suggestions that can help:

  • DeGrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch 722 Aboite Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 219-436-4359
  • Cook’s Apple Orchard 8724 Huguenard Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 260-489-3940
  • Advanced Tree Technology 12818 Edgerton Rd, New Haven, IN 46774 260-749-0891
  • Plus, many more in the surrounding areas!

Fall trees reflecting off the water at Lindenwood Nature Preserve in Fort Wayne Photo Credit: @tylerwkessler on Instagram

3. Fall Foliage

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful fall colors in Fort Wayne at Fox Island or Lindenwood Nature Preserves, offering settings with ample opportunities to view great Indiana fall colors. Plus, all of the other great parks in Fort Wayne provide more opportunities for gorgeous views. Want to capture the fall colors in photos? Check out these top 8 fall photo spots in Fort Wayne!

Apple picking in Fort Wayne, Indiana Photo Credit: @nickchisel on Instagram

4. Fort Wayne Apple Trail

Apple season is upon us! This fall, grab your friends and family and set off to take in all things "apple" in Fort Wayne. The Apple Trail invites you to enjoy up to 18 activities — from visiting Johnny Appleseed's gravesite and picking apples at a local apple orchard, to savoring apple-filled Rise'n Roll donuts and enjoying locally-sourced ciders and brews. Complete any activity on the trail and be entered to win an Apple Trail t-shirt by:

  • Sharing a photo of your Apple Trail adventures on social media using #AppleTrailFW, or
  • Emailing your photo to

NOTE: Social media profiles must be set to public to be entered. Contest ends October 31.

Mom and son at the River Otter exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

5. Fall at the Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open for guests to enjoy through October 31! That means you can visit Fort Wayne during October to catch a glimpse of the zoo animals enjoying the cooler temperatures. Fall temperatures also mean fewer crowds and endless close-up animal experiences at one of the top 10 zoos in the nation. Find additional tips for making the most of your autumn Zoo visit.

The Zoo is open from 9am-5pm daily. Please note — masks are currently required for guests ages 8 and older. See additional safety precautions in place. Purchase tickets in advance and plan your visit here.

This fall, take a break and embrace all the colors, flavors, and festivities of the season. Discover all that awaits on your fall weekend getaway to Fort Wayne!