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! All programs require advanced reservations, please call 518-585-2821 to reserve your spot today! 
 
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 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. 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.  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.
 
Availability:
July 6, 13, 21, 28
August 3, 10, 17, 24
 
Defend the Fort!
 
What did it take to defend Fort Carillon from an English attack during the French and Indian War? This tour follows the instructions laid out by the highly trained French engineers who faced this daunting question. Follow in their footsteps as you join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator to explore areas of the fort inaccessible to the general public and see how preparations were made to combat the British as well as the fort’s own deficiencies.
 
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.  All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. Tour will proceed rain or shine.
 
This tour will begin promptly at 5:00 pm. Tour duration is approximately 1 ½ hours.
 
Availability:
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
 
Sunset Cruise Aboard the Carillon                    
 
Enjoy an unforgettable experience and witness a mountainside sunset on Lake Champlain during this unique evening cruise aboard the Carillon! Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. The 60-foot, 35-passenger tour boat Carillon offers stunning evening tours around the Ticonderoga Peninsula. In 90 minutes you can enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, tours on the Carillon explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th century. 
 
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. This tour will proceed rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather that prevents the cruise vessel from operating, tickets will be refunded. Boxed dinners are available with advanced notice.
 
Availability:
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19
 
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.
 
Limited to 6 participants (age 13 and over) per tour. Tours meet in the Mars Education Center Atrium. Must be able to lift 10 - 20 pounds.
 
Availability:
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! 
 
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.
  • 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.