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Press release from the Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

(September 6, 2010) – Rediscover your own backyard during the 12th annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown celebration – hosted by the Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau – on Sunday, September 12th, from 12 noon – 5 pm. On this day Fort Wayne residents with a Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown passport will be able to visit 11 area attractions and museums – FOR FREE!

Passports provide free admission to 11 of Fort Wayne’s attractions, including the African/African-American History Museum, Allen County Courthouse, Artlink, Embassy Theatre, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Historic Fort Wayne, History Center, Science Central, The Lincoln Tower, and Parkview Field!

Passport holders will receive free admission to these participating venues! Passports may be picked up at any Fort Wayne Scott’s or Kroger location, and at the Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Center – located downtown at 1021 S. Calhoun Street. In addition, a one-page passport can be downloaded at www.VisitFortWayne.com.

“It is a great opportunity to see everything that Fort Wayne has to offer,” explains Dan O’Connell, President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “And in turn, they can become better ambassadors for their community, as they become more familiar with all there is to do as a tourist in Fort Wayne!”

Here’s how the program works:

  1. Pick up a passport at any Fort Wayne Scott’s or Kroger’s location. Or download a one-page passport online at www.VisitFortWayne.com.
  2. On Sunday, September 12th, you will be able to visit 11 of Fort Wayne’s participating attractions and museums – FOR FREE! Just use your passport to gain free admission to all attractions listed within – one passport good for entire party.

Participating Attractions:

  • African/African-American History Museum
  • Allen County Courthouse
  • Artlink
  • Embassy Theatre
  • Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
  • History Center
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Parkview Field
  • Science Central
  • The Lincoln Tower
  • Historic Fort Wayne

Webmaster’s note: I am trying to confirm this, but I seem to remember reading that the new downtown Courtyard by Marriott was going to be open for tours as well.  As soon as I am able to confirm it, I will try to post here or the AFW on Facebook page.


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