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 on other days, too (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 Saturday & Sunday at 11am and 2pm are optional - but highly recommended - and available for $5.00/ person. Expect the tour to last between 1 and 1.5 hours. In addition to regular weekend tours, group tours are often available on weekdays by appointment (minimum 4 adults). To inquire about a weekday group tour (Mon - Thurs), contact us at

Please note: On some weekends, tours will be unavailable while private events (like weddings, corporate team building, etc.) take place within the star fort. 

Tuskegee Airmen Museum
The National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen is housed at Historic Fort Wayne. Their hours are often by appointment. Visit their site to learn more.

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

Auxiliary Directions

See this pdf for permanent street closures due to the upcoming Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Turn by Turn from the North

  1. Take I-75 South to Exit 47A Clark exit (this is below I-94 so head south on I-75 if coming from either direction).
  2. Turn left on Clark
  3. Follow Clark until it ends at Jefferson and turn right
  4. Follow Jefferson about 9 blocks to Livernois
  5. At Livernois, turn left into Historic Fort Wayne.

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 Livernois
  6. Turn right on Livernois to enter Historic Fort Wayne.

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