Hands-On Activities

Are you visiting with your family? We have a variety of hands-on activities that are engaging and offer memorable ways for your family discover Fort Ticonderoga's epic story! Take a special children's tour, roll up your sleeves in our horticulture history and programs, and take part in one of our historic trades activities. See our suggested family itinerary for families to discover the adventures that await you at Fort Ticonderoga!

In the Fort

From polishing buttons to making shoes, there are plenty of activities in the fort for you to discover for yourself what it meant to be a soldier here at Ticonderoga in 1777! Help roll musket cartridges for the ammunition magazines or help join timbers together for soldiers’ housing. Come work along these British, American, or German soldiers to experience what life was actually like in 1777. Discover all the great hands-on opportunities for discover with our Family Program!

In the Exhibits

Hands-on activities in the Museum offer opportunities to go beyond the exhibit case. Founding Fabrics in the Founding Fashion allows you to handle reproductions of the fabric used by the military here at Ticonderoga, along with a full suit of clothes to touch and feel. Within the South Barracks there are a number of hands-on stations. Try tying the knots used by the sailors of Benedict Arnold's fleet in 1776 and assemble a scale model of the fort. New in 2015 are examples of the variety of materials used by the French army in 1756 and a chance to build a full scale "stone" wall just like the French masons that built Ticonderoga's barracks did.

In the Garden

Join us in the King's Garden for our numerous activities geared towards all ages. Help tend to our heritage vegetables in our Farm-to-Table Garden; work alongside a British or American soldier in our 1777 soldier's garden as he tends to vital vegetables and harvests food for his comrades; take part in one of our Hands-On Horticulture programs to explore techniques that will help you beautify your gardens at home. Whatever activity you choose, you are guaranteed to have fun while getting your hands dirty in one of the oldest cultivated lands in the country!