Area residents play role of hometown tourist

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WANE) – Sunday, September 13th area residents had a chance to be hometown tourists. Several popular landmarks and attractions waived admission fees from noon to 5 p.m on Sunday.

The event is sponsored by Visit Fort Wayne.

People hit the streets with their passport in hand, ready to explore Fort Wayne. According to officals about 30,000 people participate in the event every year.

“We’ve been dong this for about 17 years,” said Kristen Guthrie, Director of Marketing with Visit Fort Wayne. “It is fun to see how downtown has grown and developed over those years.”

There were plenty of places to see. The following venues were included in 2015:
• African-African/American Historical Museum
• Allen County Courthouse
• ArtLink Contemporary Gallery
• Cathedral Museum
• Embassy Theatre
• Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
• Fort Wayne Museum of Art
• The History Center
• Old Fort Wayne
• Parkview Field
• Science Central
• The Lincoln Tower (The Grand Historic Lobby will feature arts and cultural performances each hour. The Observation Deck will not be open this year)
• Visit Fort Wayne (Visitor’s Center)

We caught up with Thelma Bowles who was out touring the city with her grandson Josh. Bowles has lived in Fort Wayne for ten years, but this was her first time being a tourist in the city.

“My favorite thing has to be the Embassy. It is such a well restored old theater,” she said. “If someone has not been in that theater you have to go.”
Her grandson son is visiting from Decatur.

“I usually come to Fort Wayne to see my grandma and go out to eat with her,” said Josh. “ Now this is my first time going out with her to every place in Fort Wayne.”

Josh was a huge fan of Parkview Field.

“We saw the dugout, the suite, the locker rooms,” he said. “And we got to eat hot dogs there.”

“I think it is an amazing concept to have something for the people that live here, the work here day in and day out but never take the opportunity to visit some of these things,” said Bowles.

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