Behind the Scenes & Special Tours

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!
 

VIP Tours

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!  Read more

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. 

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. “Beyond Bullets and Blades” offers a unique perspective of history that examines how industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe.

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.

This specialty experience is offered every Wednesday at 2 pm from May to October (May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and October 7, 14, 21, 28). Cost is $25. Limited to 5 participants (age 13 and over) per tour. Tours meet in the Mars Education Center Atrium. Must be able to lift 10 - 20 pounds.

 

Soldier for an Evening!

Join Fort Ticonderoga for a new and exciting evening program presented on Tuesday evenings in July and August. Soldier for an Evening! is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. Your whole family can join together as new recruits to see what it was like to be a soldier at Ticonderoga in 1775 at the dawn of the American Revolution. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. The cost of this family adventure is $15 per person; advanced registration is required.

In this program, guests are immersed in the daily routine of the Continental soldiers garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga in the weeks after the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold in 1775. Participants form a platoon of soldiers, learning teamwork and discipline as they undergo a typical day in the life of soldiers. Guests learn about the training used to prepare soldiers to meet a powerful enemy, what soldiers ate, where they slept, and experience the confusion of battle.

During your participation in Soldier for an Evening!, you will witness the power and use of 18th-century guns during the musket demonstration and practice formation tactics. Be prepared to march! The soldiers’ experience comes to life as participants explore key aspects of the American Revolution. This program is a strong cooperative activity and is great for families and groups.  

The entrance gate will open at 6:00 pm and the tour will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Tour duration is approximately 1 hour. Tours take place every Tuesday July through August, as well as Saturday July 4 (July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18). 
 
 
Beneath Fortress Walls
 
Over 250 years ago French soldiers dug, chiseled, and blasted their way into the very rock of the Ticonderoga peninsula to create a fortress to defend New France. Within just a few decades from those first hammer blows New France had fallen a new nation was created and Fort Ticonderoga had fallen into ruin. When it was restored in the early 1900s much of what remained from the original fort was entombed beneath the reconstructed walls.
 
This tour will go underneath and inside the fort to visit these areas, off limits to the general public, to see the handiwork of French masons and soldiers who toiled here two centuries ago. Join Matthew Keagle, Curator of Collections, on a guided tour beneath the walls and into the ground to explore how Fort Ticonderoga was built, and re-built, and how these spaces now support the modern museum.
 
Tours take place every other Wednesday July through August (July 15, 29 and August 12, 26). Tours begin at 5:00 pm near the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center.   Tour duration is about 1 ½ hours. 
 
Space is limited to 12 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.  Price is $35 per person.  Your receipt acts as your reservation for the tour and must be presented to the tour leader at the beginning of the tour.
 
Climbing stairs and passing through narrow spaces is required on this tour and it is not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.  All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds.  Tour will proceed rain or shine.


Sunsets and Secrets
Join Museum Staff for a guided tour of Ticonderoga's other history as the sun sets over Lake Champlain.  Step inside the Pavilion, currently closed to the general public, to learn about the men and women who saved Ticonderoga from destruction and made their home on the Shores of Lake Champlain.  See how modern science combined with old-fashioned historical research has helped to shed light on the building's secrets.

Walk in the footsteps of Robert Todd Lincoln, President William Howard Taft, and hundreds of others who have visited the Pavilion over almost two centuries. Built by William Ferris Pell in the 1820s, when Fort Ticonderoga was preserved, it became a hotel following a family tragedy in 1839 and welcomed guests to the ruins of the old fort for 60 years.  It was revived as a Pell family summer residence in 1909 as the fort was restored and remained so through 1987.  This is a rare chance to step inside the oldest intact structure remaining on the garrison grounds, off limits for almost 30 years and only just now starting to give up the secrets of its construction and use.

Tours take place every other Wednesday July through August (July 8, 22 and August 5, 19). Tours begin at 5:00 pm near the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center.   Allow approximately two hours for this tour. 
 
Space is limited to 12 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.  Price is $35 per person.
 
Extended periods of walking, climbing stairs and passing through narrow spaces is required on this tour and it is not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.  All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds.  Tour will proceed rain or shine.
 
 
Fort Ticonderoga's Guns by Night

Experience the flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night in this unique 90-minute tour and demonstration of 18th-century guns, big and small!  Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannons that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga and influenced and shaped the strategic importance of this important 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!  Limited space and advanced reservations required. $35 per person. All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds.  This is a rain or shine 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. Tours take place every Thursday July through August (July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20). 

 

What you need to know for the tours:

  • Your credit card receipt acts as your reservation/ticket(s) and will be held until the evening / day of your tour.  Unless otherwise noted, these tours will start in the main parking lot of the Log House Welcome Center, which is one mile beyond the Fort's entrance.
  • Directions to Fort Ticonderoga 
  • Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Remember that it will be dark out during evening programs and you will be outdoors, going up and down stairs and over some rough terrain. Flashlights are permitted if you would like to bring one.
  • These tours are not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.
  • For the comfort and safety of everyone on the tour we request that you do not take flash photos, video, or audio record the tour.
  • All sales are final, no exchanges and no refunds.
  • These events are rain or shine.
     

For More Information and Reservations Call (518) 585-2821

See calendar for a full list of Fort Ticonderoga's events.