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!
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
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. In a little over a decade 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, Director,Curator, 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 and begin at 5:00 pm near the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Tour duration is about 1 ½ hours. See calendar for specific dates of occurrence.
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 plus cost of general admission. 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.
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 and begin at 5:00 pm near the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Allow approximately two hours for this tour. See calendar for specific dates of occurrence.
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
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 through July. See calendar for specific dates of occurrence.
To Act as One United Body
In this program, you 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. You 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 this program, you observe a musket demonstration and practice formation tactics. The soldiers’ experience comes to life as you learn about key aspects of the American Revolution. This program is a strong cooperative activity. 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 6:00 pm and the tour will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Tour duration is approximately 1 hour. Tours take place July through August. See calendar for specific dates of occurrence.
Beyond Bullets and Blades
How heavy are the muskets, swords, and bayonets that decided the wars of the 18th century? Have you ever wondered how they were made? Beyond Bullets and Blades is a unique experience; an 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. The firearms of the 18th century were built by hand, but not the products of quaint blacksmith shops. Industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe. Learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into the 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 Wednesdays at 2 pm from May to August. Cost is $10. Limited to 5 participants per tour. Tours meet in the Mars Education Center Atrium. Must be able to lift 10 - 20 pounds. See calendar for specific dates of occurrence.
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