Fort Ticonderoga's programs allow guests to enrich their experience through specialized tours and demonstrations focusing on unique parts of Fort Ticonderoga's history. Led by engaging historians, these programs illuminate the site's history in a way that builds curiosity and understanding of the past. All programs are rain or shine and require advanced reservations. All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. Call 518-585-2821 to reserve your spot today!
Fort Ticonderoga's Guns by Night
The flash of musketry and the roar of cannon fire by night will captivate you in this unique tour and demonstration of 18th-century firepower! Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannons that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga and influenced and shaped the importance of this strategic frontier citadel. Learn how these great guns were used to attack and defend the fort during the French & Indian War and made it such an important prize in the American Revolution. The tour concludes with a dramatic nighttime demonstration of weapons that you will not see anywhere else!
Space is limited to 40 participants per tour.
The entrance gate will open at 7:30 pm and the tour will begin promptly at 8:00 pm. Tour duration is approximately 1 ½ hours.
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24
Defend the Fort!
Walk in the footsteps of French military engineers as you join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator to explore areas of the fort inaccessible to the general public. Learn the strengths and deficiencies of the bastion, and see how preparations were made to combat the British.
Space is limited to 20 people. An extended period of walking is required on this tour and it is not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.
This tour will begin promptly at 5:00 pm. Tour duration is approximately 1 ½ hours.
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 29
Sunset Boat Cruise Aboard the Carillon
Enjoy an unforgettable experience and witness a mountainside sunset on Lake Champlain during a unique evening cruise aboard the tour boat Carillon, a replica 19th-century touring vessel.
Space is limited to 30 participants per tour, advanced reservations are recommended or tickets, as available, can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center.
Tours begin at 6:30 pm near the Carillon boat dock, located in front of the Pavilion, the former Pell home. Parking is available at the King's Garden parking lot. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and allow approximately 1.5 hours for this tour.
All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. In the event of inclement weather that prevents the cruise vessel from operating, tickets will be refunded. Boxed dinners are available with advanced notice.
Beyond Bullets and Blades
Fort Ticonderoga introduces a rare opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th-century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff.
This specialty experience offers participants the opportunity to learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into weapons that decided empires and revolutions. Feel the bulk and imagine what it was like for the soldiers of the 18th-century to carry these very weapons into battle.
For over a century, Fort Ticonderoga has been recognized for its extensive and encyclopedic collection of historic weapons, preserving North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection.
Limited to 6 participants (age 13 and over) per tour. Tours meet in the Mars Education Center Atrium and begin promptly at 3:00 pm. Must be able to lift 10-20 pounds.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Looking for a unique, up-close-and-personal experience at Fort Ticonderoga? Want to don gloves and examine artifacts from our collection with our Curator of Collections? Do you appreciate personal tours with experts in their fields? Then one of Fort Ticonderoga’s VIP tours is for you!
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