National Parks / Natural World in FORT WAYNE with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Fort Wayne has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Fort Wayne itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Botanical Conservatory

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    Fort Wayne

    Surround the family in nature with tropical gardens, and great exhibits, as well as fun family events at this Fort Wayne conservatory!

  • Potawatomi Wildlife Park

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    (51 miles) Tippecanoe

    The Park preserves both prehistorical and historical indian encampments, the Steven Ben-nack Potawatomi village, a portion of the Goshen-Logansport trail, and the Tippecanoe River ford where several ...

  • Ottawa Metro Park

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    (61 miles) Lima

    Featuring Metro Park Beach, which offers a raindrop play fountain, 10' extreme water slide, surf slide and mermaid fountain. Plus 9 hole frisbee golf course, adventure play equipment, sand volleyball ...

  • Potato Creek State Park

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    (71 miles) North Liberty

    A beautiful state park in Indiana, with outdoor activities, year round fun, a 327 acre lake, diverse landscapes and fascinating history!

  • Brukner Nature Center

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    (85 miles) Troy

    Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.

  • Toledo Botanical Garden

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    (86 miles) Toledo

    A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden offers visitors the opportunity to share, discover and enjoy nature's beauty. With over sixty acres of display gardens and relevant plant collections, TBG ...

  • Cool Creek Park

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    (90 miles) Carmel

    One of Hamilton County's most popular parks, Cool Creek Park has 90 acres of year round fun with trails, sports, a nature enter and playgrounds!

  • Ohio Caverns

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    (95 miles) West Liberty

    A remarkable natural wonder with some of the most colorful caverns in the country - all found in beautiful Ohio.

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  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art

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    Fort Wayne

    It's an art attack in Fort Wayne with the Museum of Art, featuring every changing exhibitions that introduce kids to the wonderful world of art.

  • Science Central

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    (1 miles) Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Allen County Museum

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    (58 miles) Lima

    The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    (59 miles) Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (59 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Hall of Heroes Museum

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    (59 miles) Elkhart

    Visit the world's ONLY superhero museum, and it's in Indiana!

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

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    (60 miles) Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    (63 miles) Muncie

    A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    (63 miles) Muncie

    Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

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    (67 miles) Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    (71 miles) South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    (71 miles) South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Wood County Historical Museum

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    (81 miles) Bowling Green

    Hands-on history exhibits with over 30 rooms within an old asylum that explore local and Ohio history. Many free family-friendly events and programs for children too!

  • Indiana Transportation Museum

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    (84 miles) Noblesville

    Our engineers are ready to take you on a wide range of train excursion experiences for the whole family, from caboose rides, our family-oriented Pizza Train and the popular Dinner on the Diner.

  • Toledo Police Museum

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    (90 miles) Toledo

    A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!

  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    (91 miles) Toledo

    The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover ...

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (92 miles) Toledo

    A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    (92 miles) La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (99 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

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    (2 miles) Fort Wayne

    Animals from all around the world, plus train rides, rainforests, hands-on fun and an African Safari - all at this great Fort Wayne zoo perfect for kids!

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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    (27 miles) Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (69 miles) South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

  • Toledo Zoo

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    (89 miles) Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos and it features an aquarium too!

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    (93 miles) Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

  • Wolf Park

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    (96 miles) Battle Ground

    Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!

  • Splash House

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    (46 miles) Marion

    Wave Pool Kiddy Area Lazy River Therapeutic Pool Racer Slides The Big Flush (bowl slide) 2 Concession Stands 3 Cabanas

  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

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    (67 miles) Kokomo

    Waterpark for the whole family.