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The Calm Water Sensory Tent is proudly sponsored by AWS Foundation.
The Calm Walter Sensory Tent will be available at special events held throughout the year.
Sunday, October 9, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Park Foundation Pavilion
Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
Sensory Friendly Night of Lights
Wednesday, November 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Park Foundation Pavilion
Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays with a relaxing light show presentation using low lighting, aromatherapy, soft music, and guided relaxation as we showcase our newest Riverfront initiative… “sensory friendliness.” You’ve heard the term, now come experience it for yourself! The program will be offered in 8-minute sessions throughout the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages and abilities.
Ride aboard Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic canal boat replica.
Travel Fort Wayne's rivers on Sweet Breeze. This is not just a boat ride-it's an experience you won't soon forget!
Above is a video of Sweet Breeze being launched for the 2022 season. Purchase your tickets NOW to ride Fort Wayne's replica canal boat along our rivers. Tours will run until October 16th!
Promenade Park, South Boat Dock
202 West Superior Street
All Ages Welcome
$27/person for a 90 Minute Tour or $17/person for a 45 minute tour
(children 2 and under can sit on an adults lap for no charge)
Tours will be held until October 16th
Relax and enjoy a guided cruise on the Fort Wayne Rivers. Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic canal boat replica is offering 45 and 90 minute tour lengths. This fully accessible tour will be a fun experience for everyone! Each tour provides an opportunity to learn something new about Fort Wayne through its riverfront.
Purchase tickets on-line NOW!! IF you prefer, you can purchase tickets via phone (260) 427-6000 or at 705 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805.
We will be offering various Specialty Tours this season! Check back often for additional information.
Fright Night Kids Pirate Ship Tour - Halloween Candy/ Legend of the Kraken/ Kraken Craft / Costumes Encouraged!
October 15, 2022 @ 6:00-6:45pm – 45 Minute Tour - $17 each (click here)
Fright Night 21 and over only, cash bar/ Ghost Stories and Sweet Treats!
October 15, 2022 @ 7:30- 9:00pm – 90 Minute Tour - $46 each (click here)
Sweet Breeze Specialty Tour – last tour of the season
Fall Colors Brunch
Sunday, October 16th from 11:00am to 12:30pm (90 minutes)
Featuring musical duo LaDean and continental brunch refreshments
$35 per ticket
Minimum 17, maximum 24
Fall Colors Brunch - Featuring musical duo LaDean and continental brunch refreshments
October 16, 2022 @ 11:00am-12:30pm - 90 Minute Tour - $35 each (click here)
Interested in booking a private rental cruise? Check out the brochure to learn more.
Above is a video of Sweet Breeze riding along the river. See below for basic tour information!
Basic tour information
Interested in a field trip or a private rental on Sweet Breeze? Call Amanda Black at 427-5023 to learn more.
A special thanks to Mark Jones, Friends of the Rivers, for this photo!
A Little Background Information:
Sweet Breeze was built by Scarano Boat Builders out of Albany, NY. It is flat-bottomed, aluminum hulled boat which is 54’ long, has a draft of 2.75’ and an air draft of 8.5’. The new build was modeled after 1840s canal boat, but in order to better fit our waterways, was scaled back to ¾ the size of the historic canal boats. It is powered by a single 55 HP Marine Diesel Volvo Penta engine. It was delivered by a lowboy trailer in January 2017, craned into the Maumee River on May 20th and christened on June 5th. The Sweet Breeze is wheelchair accessible.
A Brief History
Fort Wayne’s history is tied to canal boats and to the Wabash and Erie Canal. The Canal was a shipping canal that linked the Great Lakes to the Ohio River via an artificial waterway. The canal provided traders with access from the Great Lakes all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Over 478 miles long, it was the longest canal ever built in North America.The canal began operation in the summer of 1843, yet only operated for a decade before it became apparent that it was not economically viable. Even when the canal boats were operated at extremely slow speeds, the banks rapidly eroded, and the canal had to be constantly dredged to be operable. The last canal boat on the Wabash Canal made its last docking in 1874 in Huntington, Indiana. Sweet Breeze recreates the mystery and excitement of what was to be a new era of commerce and travel in the Midwest. Fort Wayne was the highest point on the canal (i.e. the summit), so Fort Wayne earned the name “Summit City”. Canal boats carried people and goods on our rivers and canals from 1843-1874 which was much faster than burdensome wagons. Drafts animals, usually mules, pulled long, narrow canal boats by a rope on a path next to the canal, called a towpath.
Sweet Breeze is launched at Guldlin Park on May 12, 2022 and ready to make her voyage to Promenade Park!
Yesterday I had the pleasure to take the Sweet Breeze boat tour. Absolutely everyone involved from tickets to disembarking was a great representative of FTW Parks Dept. Mark also was a delight and knowledgeable of the history. It was a wonderful 90 minute boat ride. Thank you, Carolyn T.
Our thanks to you and your staff for your service to our Senior Saints and for your assistance in helping our Senior Saints with their wheel chair, walkers, canes, etc. on our tour of the rivers of Fort Wayne. Your staff, your docent, your captain and his assistants provided our Senior Saints, with our special needs, the assistance to enjoy the river tour. You and their service was above and beyond what we would have expected. Larry G.
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is offering Sweet Breeze Boat Tours through a partnership with Friends of the Rivers.
2022 School Group Field Trips on Sweet Breeze
Friends of the Rivers will again be offering on-river school group field trips that meet Indiana DOE Standards for Social Studies (Indiana and Regional History) for grades 3, 4 & 5 and Science (Ecology) for grades 4 – 11. All field trips are open for all abilities on our fully accessible boat.
The 45 minute field trips will again have a discounted cost of $5 per student underwritten by Friends of the Rivers. There is a minimum of 20 youth per tour. A maximum of three school staff are admitted free and any additional adults are charged the community tour rate.
AWS Foundation fully funds our Adaptive Education tours. Friends of the Rivers underwrites a limited number of field trips. Please call Amanda Black (427-5023) to reserve a discounted field trip for your school.
Please see www.forfw.org/field-trips/ for additional educational information.
Sweet Breeze ends the 2021 season! Sweet Breeze is pulled from the river to go to her winter home!
The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department has initiated a riparian management plan that will improve and protect the shoreline and water quality for generations to come.
View the City of Fort Wayne's Riparian Management Plan
If you would like to participate in a Riverfront cleanup, please sign up online to find the scheduled time that works best for you.
If you have a group of 10 or more volunteers, please contact KayeC Jones at 260-427-6408 to arrange a cleanup for your group.
Volunteers will clip honeysuckle limbs from bushes, cut down the remaining trunks with handsaws and carry the brush to an area in the park. All tools and work gloves will be provided. The honeysuckle stems are not prickly and the brush isn’t heavy. This is a family-friendly activity so children are welcome, too. Please dress for the weather! Close-toed shoes, like tennis shoes, are recommended.
Thanks to over 1882 volunteers who have dedicated 7,309 volunteer man-hours by removing 87 tons of invasive species and more than 34,708 pounds of trash from banks and waterways. The volunteer investment saved the city a total of $120,638 to date!
Pictures of Before/After Work on Various Projects
Old Fort Before
Old Fort After
Spy Run Before
Spy Run After