Plan Your Visit

Hours,  Fees, Rules, and Directions

Information on this page will help you plan your visit to Historic Fort Wayne

Visitors enjoying the fort

Hours of Operation
Beginning the first weekend in May until the last weekend in October, the fort is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm. The fort hosts special programs throughout the summer (see the Events page). Additionally, group tours are available on weekdays (see below). 

Secured, on-site parking is free! 

Guided Walking Tours
Guided walking tours are usually available each Saturday at 11am and 2pm and are highly recommended. The cost is $8.00 per person and your space can be reserved online. Expect the tour to last about 2 hours (see this page for details). 

Tuskegee Airmen Museum
The National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen has moved from the site to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Photos by Geronimo Patton

Fort Rules

The City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department supplies the following guidelines for visitor safety:

  • At least one adult should accompany children on the Fort grounds.
  • NO pets; Service animals are welcome.
  • All visitors must wear shirts and shoes.
  • DO NOT ENTER or approach any building unless accompanied by a museum guide.
  • NO metal detectors, digging or taking of artifacts.
  • Picnicking is allowed, but NO barbecues, fires, or alcoholic beverages.
  • Please place trash and litter in proper receptacles.
  • NO fishing or swimming is permitted.
  • The shoreline is a hazardous area, please stay 15 ft. from the river’s edge.
  • Do not climb on anything or enter any fenced off areas.
  • Please report any vandalism observed to Fort Staff. Visitors will be held responsible for any damage they cause.
Location and Directions
Please click "Directions" or "View Larger Map" below and follow Google's recommendations. 

Auxiliary Directions
Due to road work, Google temporarily may not provide the best directions.

UPDATES on road closures here.

Turn by Turn from the North

  1. Take I-75 South to Exit 47A Clark exit
  2. Turn Right on Clark
  3. Turn Left on Porter (first light) NOTE: If Porter is closed off, go up to Vernor Hwy and turn Left
  4. Turn left on Junction to W. Jefferson
  5. Turn right on W Jefferson to fort entrance
  6. Turn left and stop at the security booth

Turn by Turn from the South

  1. Take I-75 North to Exit 44, Dearborn St exit.
  2. Turn right on Dearborn St.
  3. Follow Dearborn to Jefferson.
  4. Turn left on Jefferson
  5. Follow Jefferson one mile to fort entrance
  6. Turn right and stop at the security booth

Returning South from the Fort
Due to I-75 closures, we recommend the following route:

  1. Exit the lot and turn left on W Jefferson
  2. Follow the detour signs to get back to I-75 South