FortWayne Activities


Allen County Courthouse 715 S. Calhoun St. (260)449-4246 www.allencountycourthouse.org

You will tour all three floors, including murals and stained glass on the third floor as well as
courtrooms. Tour should take approximately 1 hour, with a maximum of 30 people in a group
and a minimum of 5 people. Tours are held Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm. $2.00 donation for
docent-guided tours. Self-guided tours are free of charge and you may download a map at
http://www.allencountycourthouse.org/_media/WalkingTour.pdf

Allen County Public Library 900 Library Plaza (260)421-1225 www.acpl.lib.in.us

Tours of the main library includes visits to each of the different public service departments with
a brief explanation of their collections and services, information on system wide library services
and a visit to the storage areas. Tours may be scheduled Monday-Thursday from 9am-9pm and
Friday from 9am-6pm. Tours are guided and free of charge, but must be scheduled 1 week in
advance.

 American Heritage Village,5634 C.R. 11A Auburn, IN (260)927-9144 www.dvkfoundation.org

Guided tours for each location is $20.00 per group. National History Military Center

Each museum and the galleries within will be tied to an education program that spotlights
American history, language arts, technology and leadership skills as personified by those who
served and continue to serve in America’s Armed Forces.

 Horse Power and Carriage Museum

All under one roof you can enjoy the classic beauty of a Duesenberg, and feel an adrenaline rush
looking at the aerodynamic lines of an Indy race car. Admire the workmanship and ingenuity of
antique carriages and get a close-up look at cars from your television and movie favorites.
Finally, you can view one of the world’s finest collections of custom hot rods, built by Carl
Casper.


ARCH 818 Lafayette (260)426-5117 www.archfw.org  Walking Tours

Downtown walking tours the first Friday of every month from April-November, beginning at
1pm at the Visitors Center, 1021 S. Calhoun St. The tours last 90 minutes and travel
approximately 1 mile through some of Fort Wayne’s “must see” architectural gems. $5.00/adult,
children under 18 are free. Please call 1 week in advance to schedule.

 Heritage Trail -A series of four downtown self-guided walking tours that feature community history and local
landmarks. Free maps available at ARCH, the History Center, and the Visitors Center.

 Charter Tours and Walks-Step-on bus tour guides and walking tours. Cost is $50/hour, per tour guide. Please schedule 2
weeks in advance.
aquinn@archfw.org for specific information.

Artlink-437 E. Berry St. (260)427-7195-www.artlinkfw.com

Tour gallery exhibits of contemporary art. Exhibits change every 6 weeks. Allow 30 minutes for
the tour. Docent tours are given for groups, $2/person donation suggested. Schedule 2 weeks in
advance.

Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum 1600 S. Wayne St. Auburn, IN (260)925-1444-www.acdmuseum.org

Tour of over 100 vintage, antique, and classic automobiles displayed in original 1930
Administration Building and showrooms of Auburn Automobile Company. Allow 1½-2 hours
for tour. Cost for groups of 12 or more is $8.00 per person. School tours are $1/student, Leaders,
Teachers and Chaperones are free. Group Tour Lunches require reservation with a minimum of
20 people. Schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Black Pine Animal Park-1426 W. 300 N. Albion, IN (260)636-7383-www.blackpineanimalpark.com

 Staff-Guided Tours

Stops at each animal to share personal stories, answer questions and provide interaction. Tours
last about 90 minutes and are generally offered at 11am daily and 3pm on weekdays during the
summer season. Schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

 Private Tours

Available by appointment only between September and June. Go “behind the scenes” to see food
preparations, keeper service areas and more. This tour is not available for children under 8 years
of age. Maximum of 20 people per tour. Schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.


Canlan Ice Sports-3869 Ice Way Dr. (260)387-6614-www.icesports.com/fort wayne/default.aspx

Field trips available for school-aged children only; with ice skating and/or Bounce Mania. Trips
are customized for each group and prices will vary depending on group size and which options
are chosen. Schedule at least one week in advance.

 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Museum-915 S. Clinton St. (260)424-1485

www.diocesefwsb.org/bookstore-museum/cathedral-museum/

The history of Catholicism is displayed through religious artifacts from the mid-thirteenth
century and portrayed through stain glass and vestments. Guided tours are free of charge, but
must be scheduled 2 weeks in advance.

Chief Richardville House-5705 Bluffton Rd. www.fwhistorycenter.com

The house offers a variety of programs that celebrate Miami culture and tradition. Open the first
Saturday of the month in the summer from 1pm-4pm or by appointment year around. $7/adults,
$5/students, children under 5 and members are free.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates-10105 Auburn Park Dr. www.debrand.com

The tour will start with a short video presentation, and then give you a peek into Debrand’s
kitchens and a taste of some one-of-a-kind chocolate. Public tours are offered Tuesdays at 10am
and Thursdays at 1pm, throughout the year. From Memorial Day through Labor Day tours are
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 1pm. Call to schedule tours of 12 or more for times not
open to the public. $5/person and is refunded with shoppe purchase of $10 or more, $3 for school
groups.

Eagle Marsh – Little River Wetlands-2403 Fairoak Dr. (260)478-2515-www.lrwp.org

School groups, scout groups and other children’s groups are welcome. Guided field trips are free
and based on first come, first serve. Call in advance to make an appointment. Free Little River
Ramblers Tuesdays from 9am-11am.

 Embassy Theatre-125 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260)424-6287-www.fwembassytheatre.org

The tour of the theatre is both historical and architectural. The tour can include a glimpse of the
dressing rooms and a walk on the theatre’s stage. Inquire about having the Page Organ as part of
the tour. Advance notice of at least 3 weeks required. Allow 1 hour for the tour.

 First Presbyterian Church-300 W. Wayne St. (260)426-7421-www.firstpres-fw.org

Tour the 300 seat theater where 6-7 plays are produced each year. The Art Gallery also serves as
the lobby for the theater. 6-8 new exhibitions are scheduled to coincide with theater productions.
Tours are free and must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance.

Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory-1100 S. Calhoun St. www.botanicalconservatory.org

3 indoor gardens are available with seasonal showcases and hands-on exhibits and 4 outdoor
gardens with a variety of grasses, shrubs, flowers, trees and plants. Groups of 20+ adults receive
a 20% discount off admission. Children groups of 20+ are charged $2/child.

Fort Wayne Aviation Museum

Fort Wayne International Airport (260)747-4146

www.fwairport.com/air-museum.aspx-Showcase of aviation in the tri-state area, featuring military, commercial, and general aviation.-Tours are free and last 90 minutes. These tours are best for children 6 and older. Reservations
must be made in advance and can be scheduled .

 Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo-3411 Sherman Blvd. www.kidszoo.org

Discover the wonders of nature in the African Journey, Indonesian Rain Forest, Australian
Adventure, Indiana Family Farm and the Central Zoo. Visit 38 acres containing over 1500
animals from around the world. Self guided tour with group rates by reservation only. Allow a
minimum of 3 – 3 ½ hours.

Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum-226 W. Washington Blvd. -www.fortwaynefiremuseum.com

Tour the Old No. 3 Firehouse. Discuss the history of Fort Wayne Fire Department and how to
safely escape from a house fire. Group rates available for scheduled guided tours, but must be
made 1 week in advance. Tours take about 1 hour. Short walk from hotel 

 Fort Wayne Museum of Art-311 E. Main St. -www.fwmoa.org

Tours vary according to current exhibits and what your group interests are. Guided tours must be
scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance. Allow 1 hour for tour. Prices vary depending on group size and
type of tour.

 -Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society-15808 Edgerton Rd. New Haven, IN -www.765.org

Dedicated volunteers preserve, display and operate historical railroad equipment relevant to the
steam era in the Midwest. Group tours are priced by size and accommodations. Tours must be
scheduled 2 weeks in advance.

 -History Center-302 E. Berry St. -www.fwhistorycenter.com

Tour 6 galleries of exhibits with more than 23,000 artifacts, photographs and documents
representing the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Allow 90 minutes for the tour. Guided
tour prices vary for each group and must be scheduled in advance.

 -Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne-2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (-www.ipfw.edu

Tours are available for school-aged children and you may choose from visiting the children’s
computer lab or seeing the Mastodon that was discovered here in Fort Wayne. Tours will last 1-2
hours depending on which site is chosen. Please schedule 2 weeks in advance.

Karpeles Manuscript Library-3039 Piqua Ave. -www.rain.org/~Karpeles/

Tours can be docent guided or self-guided, both at no charge. Constant rotating exhibits which
include music, science, religion, literature, political history and artwork. Tours can vary from 1-2
hours. Please call 1 week in advance to schedule a guided tour.

Mad Anthony Brewing Company-2002 Broadway -www.madbrew.com

-We welcome brewery tours and tasting parties. Maximum 25 people for brewery tour with
samples available. Tour takes about 30 minutes and is free of charge. Private room available for
lunch or dinner before or after tour. Schedule at least 1 week in advance.

 -PBS Television Station-2501 E. Coliseum Blvd. -www.wfwa.org

Group tours and field trips available. Get behind the scenes to see how a television station
operates. Tours last about 1-2 hours and are free of charge. Tours are available Monday-Friday
from 9am-5pm. Please schedule 2 weeks in advance.

-Ralph Sechler and Son, Inc."Pickel factory"-5686 SR 1 St. Joe, IN -www.gourmetpickles.com

Get an inside look at tank-cured pickling while touring the facility that has been in the same
location for almost 100 years. Tours are offered April-October, Monday-Thursdays starting at
9am through 11am and 12:30pm through 3pm. For groups of 6 or more, please schedule 1 week
in advance.

 Salomon Farm-817 W. Dupont Rd.-www.fortwayneparks.org

-Tours are available for school-aged children. Staff will lead tours based on school/troop
curriculum. You may tour one or a combination of the Barn, the Animals Area and the Garden.
Charge is $2/person/hour with a minimum charge of $40 for 1 hour. Please schedule 2 weeks in
advance.

 -Science Central-1950 N. Clinton St. -www.sciencecentral.org

Field trips for school-aged children which provide hands-on programming with a mix of labs,
demonstrations and exhibits targeted to Indiana educational state standards. Basic field trips are
$4/student and $3/chaperone and will take last 2 hours. Please contact 4 weeks in advance to
schedule.

 -University of Saint Francis-Brookside-2701 Spring St. -www.sf.edu

-Brookside, situated on the wooded University of Saint Francis, was home to industrialist John
Henry Bass. After a $5.9 million restoration in 2010, it serves as a community historical resource
and university offices.

-University of Saint Francis-Schouweiler Planetarium-2701 Spring St. -www.sf.edu/planetarium

9 different programs offered, with main focuses on the universe, the stars and the solar system.
Each program is age-specific (children and adults welcome). Tours can take 12-90 minutes. Cost
is $2.50-$3.50 depending on chosen program. Please schedule 3 weeks in advance.

-WPTA Television Station-3401 Butler Rd. -www.indiananewscenter.com

Group tours and field trips available. Get behind the scenes to see how a television station
operates. Tours last about 1-2 hours and are free of charge. Tours are available Monday-Friday
from 9am-5pm. Please schedule 2 weeks in advance.

  
 
Three River Festival July-13-23 http://www.threeriversfestival.org/  This is the 2nd largest event in Indiana, next to the Indianapolis 500
  
 
 
  
 

Bob