Family is at the heart of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Only a 90 minute drive away, with high-quality attractions, affordable admissions and that big-city, small-town feel, families LOVE this city. From year-round attractions to summer favorites, Fort Wayne makes for a family-friendly road trip that is worthwhile. Adventure along eight miles of riverfront downtown, explore more than 150 pieces of public art on Fort Wayne’s Public Art Trail, or enjoy the food and fun in new destinations like The Landing – a walkable block where you can find public art, friends gathering and dining destinations at seven restaurants. Find out more by calling 260-424-3700 or go to visitfortwayne.com.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Sauder Farm, a nonprofit organization and home of Ohio’s largest living-history museum. The 235-acre complex in Archbold, Ohio offers a complement of food, lodging and retail services, making it an ideal destination for a day trip.The complex includes : Living History farm and craft village preserving more than 75 historic structures, the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, a wetlands area and much more. 22611 State Route 2, Archbold. 800-590-9755. saudervillage.org
Wood County Park District
The Wood County Park District is a natural resources conservation agency with twenty parks and nature preserves. Only 30-45 minutes away, the district offers trails, fishing, hunting, kayaking, boating, beautiful views, picnic areas, rental facilities and other programs galore. Open daily 8 am until 30 minutes past sunset. wcparks.org, Park District Headquarters: 419-353-1897, Program Department: 419-661-1697
Toledo Museum of Art
Day trips do not require a long drive. A perfect local day trip is to the world renowned Toledo Museum of Art. Take a group tour— either self-guided or led by a docent— or search the collection