I love this zoo, and I hate zoos in general. The Indonesian Rainforest exhibit alone is worth the price of admission. The enclosed geodesic dome which contains plants and animals from Indonesia is fantastic.
They have worked hard over the past few years to provide more and more enriching environments for their animal tenants, and it shows.
Some must see things in the zoo:
• Endangered Species Carousel
• Animal Contact Area (politically correct for "Petting Zoo")
• African Veldt
• Indonesian Bio-dome (watch out for the bats!)
• Kangaroo exhibit (you enter their area)
• Sea Lion exhibit
This zoo is often rated as one of the best children's zoos in the nation, and it is obvious why.
The zoo is only open seasonally and is sometimes closed for inclement weather.
Try to avoid eating there unless you want to drop a fortune for fairly lousy food. Bring a picnic lunch, leave it in your car, and eat it in the park which is just outside the zoo.
The safari ride in the African Veldt area was featured in the movie "In the Company of Men" which was made in Fort Wayne.
This memorial is dedicated to all U.S. war veterans. There is also a Shrine Museum which houses over 5,000 military artifacts from the Civil War to the present. Located west of the city at the corner of Yellow River and O'Day Roads. Follow the signs from U.S. 30.
If you love trains, and even if you don't, this museum will give you experiences you will remember for the rest of your life. One of the most unique experiences is the Engineer For An Hour program. For a fee of $129, you spend an hour learning the basics of railroad operations, locomotives, rail braking systems, and diesel locomotive inspection and operation. When you're done with that, get behind the wheel so to speak and spend an hour driving a 400 horsepower, twin V-8 diesel locomotive! And new this year, for an extra $100, they will hook up a restored 100-year-old Wabash Caboose and you can tow all your friends and family along with you for the ride! Sessions are available on certain Saturdays March through October. If you'd rather just view instead of drive, you can tour the facility, sit in the engineers seat for a 400-ton iron horse, and view many of their other historic railroad equipment. The shop is volunteer dependent and is thus only open on weekends and charges no admission fees. Donations are recommended as donations and gift shop sales are the only means of monetary support for the society.
If you love cars, this is the place for you! This unique museum has over 50 corvettes on display from the 50s through the 90s. And to make things better, it's right across the interstate from the huge Harley-Davidson showroom and just a couple minutes from the enormous 14/69 Auto Mall!! Eh, it's a guy thing. ;-) The museum is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday Noon-5pm. Admission is $5 per person.
The Museum in Fort Wayne is the second largest Lincoln Museum in the world and well worth visiting to learn more about this remarkable man.