A surprising and inspiring city, Fort Wayne is home to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, one of the top zoos in the U.S.; world-renowned Vera Bradley bags and DeBrand Fine Chocolates; the largest public genealogical collection in America; and world-class arts and theatre.
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. Fort Wayne is the second largest city in the state of Indiana, located in Allen County, the largest county in the state. It is the regional commerce and industry center for northeast Indiana and also impacts the economies of southwestern Michigan and western Ohio.
With so much to see in Fort Wayne, it's hard to decide which attraction to visit first! If you're looking for fun with the family, you'll have a dream trip to Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne was named the #1 Best Minor League Sports Market by Street & Smiths Sports Business Journal in 2007!
Beginning with German Fest and the Three Rivers Festival, and ending with the Festival of Trees, Fort Wayne rocks with year-round celebrations that showcase culture, cuisine and creativity. Fort Wayne residents celebrate eight (count ‘em!) major annual festivals (and a handful of smaller ones), golf classics, trade shows and a county fair thrown in for good measure.
Festival goers can experience the ethnic flavor of Fort Wayne at several local festivals in fun ways by dancing the polka at German Fest, savoring the baklava at Greek Fest and dancing to the music at the Hispanic Heritage Festival.
Fort Wayne, like most of the Midwest, has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.
The National Weather Service, which maintains an observation station in the control tower of Fort Wayne International Airport (elevation 791 feet), reports the record highest temperature in the city was 106 °F on July 14, 1936, and June 29, 1988, and the record lowest temperature was -24 °F on January 12, 1918. The wettest month on record was 11.00 inches in July 1986. The greatest 24-hour rainfall was 4.93 inches on August 1, 1926. The snowiest month on record was 29.5 inches in January 1982. The greatest 24-hour snowfall was 12.6 inches on March 10, 1964.
The average annual precipitation (based on the period 1971-2000) ranges from 36.55 inches at the airport to 37.90 inches at the Fort Wayne Disposal Plant (elevation 740 feet). Comparison of observations at the "official" stations with those taken at local television stations (WANE-TV and WPTA-TV), as well as volunteer observers and National Weather Service "spotters," has shown that rainfall can vary dramatically during summer thunderstorms because of typically scattered precipitation throughout the city.
|Avg Max||-0.9 °C||1.1 °C||7.9 °C||15.4 °C||21.8 °C||27.2 °C||29.2 °C||27.9 °C||24.2 °C||17.3 °C||9.5 °C||1.9 °C|
|Avg Min||-9.3 °C||-7.9 °C||-1.8 °C||3.6 °C||9.5 °C||15.2 °C||17.3 °C||16.1 °C||12.3 °C||5.8 °C||0.8 °C||-5.8 °C|
|Rainfall||47.5 mm||48.5 mm||73.7 mm||85.9 mm||87.4 mm||91.2 mm||87.6 mm||85.6 mm||67.8 mm||63.2 mm||70.9 mm||73.4 mm|
Fort Wayne International Airport:
Lt. Paul Baer, Terminal 209; (260) 747-4146
Passengers looking for the convenient and friendly way to travel need to look no further than Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). Recognized as "the nation's friendliest airport" by USA Today. FWA's airlines offer daily direct flights to/from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, and Dallas-Fort Worth. With FREE wireless internet throughout the terminal, ample parking, short security lines and access to hundreds of destinations worldwide, it's easy to see that travel is more enjoyable when you fly FWA!
Fort Wayne International Airport operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
415 Emerald Avenue
Amtrak links the Greater Fort Wayne area with the U.S.A. via convenient daily passenger trains. Station is located in Waterloo - just North of Fort Wayne off I-69. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL for information and reservations.
Getting to Fort Wayne by car is very easy. Fort Wayne is connected to I-69 on the west side and has a bypass freeway, Indiana 469 surrounding the city. Other highways running through the city are U.S. Hwys 24, 27, 30 and 33.
Fort Wayne Station
929 S Lafayette St.
Traveling Fort Wayne by car is extremely easy. Most roads are four lane and the traffic is not too heavy. There is some minor congestion on the intra-city streets at commuter hours. Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
Fort Wayne Public Transportation Corporation (Citilink) provides service to downtown, urban shopping centers and area employment locations.
The suburban feel of the outer areas of Fort Wayne, make it difficult to walk around the city. Fort Wayne encompasses 79.12 square miles. For outdoor leisure walking there is an extensive River Greenway system.
Biking for recreation is easy in Fort Wayne due to the extensive River Greenway system, for more information and maps on the River Greenway http://www.fortwayneparks.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=52
Whether you crave Coney dogs or choice steak, Fort Wayne has the recipe to please any palate. Looking for a spicy plateful of Mexican or a savory Italian feast? Fort Wayne's got you covered. Have a hankering for ribs, wings and beer? It's on the menu here. How about a romantic dinner for two, complete with cool jazz and warm candlelight? Your table's waiting.
After touring some of our finest eateries, you'll understand why Fort Wayne has long been known as the "City of Restaurants." While there is some serious local fare you won't want to miss, you can also find all your national favorites here in Fort Wayne.
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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