Three short road trip ideas for Chicago families


3 Discovering a new city

By Chicago standards, Fort Wayne, Ind., is a pretty small town. By Indiana standards, it's a metropolis. The state's second largest city (behind Indianapolis), Fort Wayne is a three-time All America City Award winner in honor of its "high quality of life, low cost of living and warm Hoosier Hospitality," according to the city's tourism office.

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo was named one of the 10 best in the country and there's a nature oasis in the center of the city, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, that includes an interactive Discovery Center for the under-7 set, complete with Woody the Talking Tree and a worm tunnel for kids to crawl through.

Teach your kids a little history with a visit to the home of Chief Richardville, a Miami Indian and the richest man in Indiana when he died in 1841 or a stop at the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum.


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