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Grab a cone at Zesto, which is open for the season.

Romantic ideas for spring

Rockaway Carriage is one of several companies that offers horse-drawn carriage rides downtown. Snuggle up and take a spin with your sweetheart or family.
Feed the giraffes when the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo opens next weekend.

With warmer temperatures, now is a perfect time to enjoy the romance of Fort Wayne with a loved one.

Spring brings a whole new list of romantic things to do in the city, and we’ve come up with some romantic date ideas to enjoy.

Take in a game

Baseball season has officially started, and the Fort Wayne TinCaps are in action at Parkview Field. Bring your sweetie to the game tonight against Peoria. Share a hot dog as you watch the game. Better yet, bring a blanket (it could get chilly) and cuddle up together. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.

Carriage ride

See the city from a different view with a horse-drawn carriage ride. There are several companies that offer rides downtown, including Rosewood Carriage Rides, 260-637-5261; Camelot Carriage Rides, 260-223-2417; Sentimental Journey, 260-341-1133; and Rockaway, 442-4323. You can schedule a tour in advance or find one of the carriages, which are at different locations downtown, including Don Hall’s Old Gas House Restaurant, 305 E. Superior St.

Share a cone

A good sign of spring in the city is the opening of Zesto’s on Broadway. This longtime ice cream stand offers soft-serve ice cream with nostalgia. Buy a cone to share, or get your own.

See the stars

Spend an evening looking at the stars with viewing offered by the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Look through a telescope or bring your own every clear Saturday at Jefferson Township Park, 1702 Webster Road in New Haven. Viewing begins 30 minutes after sunset.

See the animals

The opening day of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd., is April 26. Stroll through the zoo grounds while taking in the monkeys, orangutans, lions, kangaroos and sharks. Feed the giraffe together, board the train and snuggle close for a ride around the zoo, or take your romance higher with a trip on the chair lift.

Love is in the air

Also opening April 26 is the annual butterfly exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. With the theme “The Butterfly Effect,” you can check out beautiful butterflies from across the world. Afterward, stroll through the many gardens inside the conservatory.

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