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 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       

Availability: August 24    

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!

$35/person. 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.

Defend the Fort!

AvailabilityAugust 29

Dig the mines, load the grenades, stock the casemates, and prepare for attack! In early 1759 French engineers carefully prepared a plan for defending for Carillon from the British, join Ticonderoga’s curator Matthew Keagle to get an in-depth look at how experienced French engineers planned to defend the fort. Get the inside scoop on why Fort Carillon looks the way it does and how the fort's garrison prepared to tackle all of the contingencies from sudden attack, to bombardment, to a formal siege. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the iconic fort and how and why it ultimately fell to the British while exploring it from new and interesting perspectives. 

$35/person. 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 hour.

Sunset Boat Cruise Aboard the Carillon   

Availability: August 23, 26

Enjoy an unforgettable experience and witness a mountainside sunset on Lake Champlain during a unique evening cruise aboard the tour boat Carillon, a replica 1920s touring vessel. 

$35/person. 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 6:00 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.

Sunset Boat Cruise + Fort Ticonderoga general admission tickets available at a new rate! $48 to spend the day with us and also relax on an evening sunset boat cruise!

Beyond Bullets and Blades 

Availability: August 24, 31         

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. 

$30/person. 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.

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! 

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.