Things To Do

By Ethan Horst

With Valentine’s Day, and the eventual freedom from the January freeze, approaching, the time is right to begin planning for day trips and excursions further afield than the Warsaw area. Fort Wayne offers plenty of opportunities for places to visit, shops to browse, and restaurants to partake in. The following is a sample for a day trip suitable for a curious group of friends or couple.

The Fort Wayne Museum of Arts ($, 53 min travel time, 40.3 mi)

The Fort Wayne Museum of Arts (FWMoA) features a mix of permanent displays and rotating exhibits throughout the calendar year. Until Feb. 24, the FWMoA will host Daniel Clayman: Shift, an exhibit that features 8 – 10 large scale works in a variety of mediums and presentation methods to form a cohesive experiential installation. Beginning on Feb. 9 until April 6, the FWMoA will be hosting the displays of the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The Awards feature Gold and Silver Key winning works from students in grades 7-12 from across Northern Indiana and Northeast Ohio, including hundreds of photos, graphics, sculptures, mixed-media projects, and all genres of written pieces.

Gallery Hours

Sunday, 12 – 5 pm

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Thursday 10am – 8pm

The galleries are closed Mondays and major holidays, including:

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving Day.

$6 – student admission (show Grace College ID)

Free general admission every Thursday 5-8pm

Parking in the lot behind the museum is free, unless there is an event in the Arts United Center, then a $3 fee will be charged.

311 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Friends of the Third World ($-$$, 50 min travel time, 39.3 mi)

A non-profit that operates job training for the Fort Wayne area, Friends of the Third World also operates a market that sells handmade goods from 80 partner groups in 35 countries. For every purchase, 80% of the sale price goes back to the producers in fair trade payments. For more info, visit To browse a sample selection of the fair trade crafts, books, tea, and coffee that Friends of the Third World has to offer, visit


Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

611 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Don Hall’s Factory Restaurant ($ lunch, $$ dinner, 48 min travel time, 38.6 mi)

Don Hall’s Restaurants trace their roots back over 60 years to Don Hall, a Fort Wayne man who opened a drive through in 1946. Now with twelve locations, each featuring a different style and cuisine, Don Hall’s restaurants continue to be a staple in the Fort Wayne food arena. The Factory forgoes trendy looks and food with a solid brick facade and classic New American staples, including polished versions of the familiar prime rib, steak, chicken, pasta, and seafood dishes. The Factory is an excellent option for an upscale lunch or a fine dinner to end a day on the town. For menu options for lunch, dinner, and a calendar of blue plate specials, visit


Monday thru Thursday 11am – 10pm

Friday & Saturday 11am – 11:30pm

Sunday 11am – 9pm


5811 Coldwater Road

Fort Wayne, IN  46825


(260) 484-8693

Blue plate specials served after 11 a.m., calendar found on website

All travel times calculated from Grace College

Pricing: $ – under $15 for admission/a plate, $$ – $16 – 34, $$$ – $35+