It’s that time of year when we celebrate how great every Dad is and how much they mean to us. There are a number of traditional and typical gifts that a majority of Dads will receive throughout the years; socks, a tie with a quirky cartoon design, a book or perhaps a garden tool. Whilst these are very much appreciated (as it is the thought that counts!), there’s no better gift than spending quality time with dad on his day.
Whether you see your Dad every day or perhaps only on occasion, take the opportunity this year on Father’s Day to whisk him away to Fort Ticonderoga, located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Here are five reasons why a day at Fort Ticonderoga with dad is a perfect gift for Father’s Day:
- Rent a canoe and spend quality time enjoying the serene beauty of mornings at Fort Ticonderoga. Work together as you practice paddling techniques on the La Chute River, connecting Lake Champlain and Lake George, and see who can spot the most fish while you explore America’s most historic landscape!
- Rest your arms and witness 18th-century arms! Experience one of Fort Ticonderoga’s musket demonstrations and imagine what it was like in 1756 to guard the unfinished earth, stone, and log walls of Fort Carillon. Witness these professional French soldiers as they kept a cool head to load, aim, and fire muskets to hold this strategic ground. Be sure to check out our stunning weapons collection in the Bullets & Blades exhibit!
- Take Dad out for a nice Father’s Day lunch at America’s Fort Café. Savor fresh salads from Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden and enjoy a wide variety of sandwiches and daily specials all while taking in the beautiful views of Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Don’t forget to treat Dad to a slice of our homemade pie!
- Step into the Tailor’s Shop on the Second Floor of the Officer’s Barracks to see what goes into clothing a soldier in New France. Try on your very own soldiers’ coats and take a photo to capture your experience! Then head over to our Founding Fashion exhibit to see the oldest known American made military uniform.
- Rack your brains and complete Fort Ticonderoga’s Scavenger Hunt. Explore the site and see who can find the answer to more questions! You should be able to find all of the answers in the museum exhibits, on signs, and by asking the soldiers and civilians from 1756 that you encounter.
Spend the day and make history with Dad at Fort Ticonderoga. Remember to show your appreciation for your fathers, father figures, and male mentors this Sunday on Father’s Day while you learn about our nation’s forefathers and their fight for independence!