FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) -17 of Fort Wayne’s best attractions and museums are offering free admission. On Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. you can Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown.
Anyone can go enjoy tours and behind-the-scenes experiences at several locations around Fort Wayne.
The locations are:
- African/African-American History Museum
- Allen County Courthouse
- Allen County Public Library
- Cathedral Museum
- Embassy Theatre
- Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
- The History Center
- Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
- Fort Wayne Museum of Art
- Parkview Field
- Science Central
- University of St Francis Downtown
- Riverfront Fort Wayne
- The Lincoln Tower
- Historic Fort Wayne (The Old Fort)
- Visit Fort Wayne Visitors Center.
People can pick up a free passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger, Old National Bank location, any of the attraction locations, or download one here.
Organizers with Visit Fort Wayne, The Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau say visitors bring in millions of dollars each year to increase commerce, sustain jobs, and enhance Fort Wayne’s image.
In 2016, there were 5.8 million visitors around the city. They directly spend an estimated $576 million. As a result, tourism generates $38.9 million in local tax revenue, which can be used for local schools, roads, housing and hospitals. Additionally, 87 cents of every dollar spent by visitors stays in Allen County, which affects economic development and job creation.
Tourism employment in Fort Wayne and Allen County sustains and retains 10,599 jobs with over $230 million in paid wages and salaries and wages to tourism industry employees.
Leaders at Visit Fort Wayne say it’s all about bringing people who don’t live in Fort Wayne or Allen County into the community to eat in local restaurants, sleep in local hotels, and have fun at local attractions.
You can find more information about Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown here.