Tours are a good way to get a different perspective of a local attraction. From chocolate to airplanes, there are several ways to get an insider's view of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Behind the Scenes Tours in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Indulge your senses at DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Who doesn't love chocolate? DeBrand Fine Chocolates offers weekly tours sure to entice all your senses. Tours are held at their Auburn Road location and typically last 30- 45 minutes. Cost is $5 per person, with each person receiving a rebate of $5 off a $10 or more purchase. We bet you can't have just one piece! I went with a group a few years ago and it was a big hit. Just don't come hungry!
Sail Away on the Rivers
There are lots of ways to get on the rivers. Fort Wayne Outfitters has kayak, paddle board, and canoe rentals for individual explorers, and there are many more options for boat tours with Friends of The Rivers. Summer is the best season for boat tours, but Outfitters has rentals throughout the year.
Cruise and booze with Pedal City
Tour Fort Wayne in a non-traditional way: atop a bike! Pedal City is a different kind of experience. It's like a party on the go! The 17-foot bikes, which seat up to 15 people, are operated by a designated driver. Guests who are 21 and older can bring their own beer and wine on the tours. Tours are offered Sunday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pedal City participants also receive free cover at all of its sponsored downtown stops, including The Deck, JK O'Donnell's, Dash-In, and more. Call (260) 415-6167 for cost and availability.
Eat through Fort Wayne's History
Fort Wayne Food Tours run April through October, and take guests on a culinary journey around downtown Fort Wayne. The walking tour runs about 3 hours and includes several stops at Fort Wayne's finest eateries and significant historical points of interest.
Get a bird's eye view from a helicopter
The sky is literally the limit for these deluxe tour options. Check out various tour packages from Paratus Air at Smith Field Airport or charter getaway options Sweet Aviation.
Take Flight at the Fort Wayne International Airport
The Fort Wayne International Airport houses a treasure on the second floor. Visitors can study historic details of old Baer Field, local aviation heroes, and memories of Fort Wayne during and just after World War II. The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum is a showcase of aviation in the Tri-State area, featuring military, commercial, and general aviation. Insider's Note: The museum is only open to ticketed passengers for security reasons. So if you're flying in or out of FWA, it might be a nice way to spend some time while you wait.
The museum occupies 6000 sq. ft. of space. The free tours last about 90 minutes and are by appointment only and available for groups of 5-10. Visitors must be 18 or older. To schedule, call Enoch Paul at (260) 446-3433. Reservations to take this tour must be made at least two weeks in advance.
This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated.