Special Tours & Programs

Fort Ticonderoga's programs allow visitors 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!
 

New for 2014! 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

                                             

History Within the Walls: An Exploration of Fort Ticonderoga's First Private Dwelling

Join Fort staff for a rare look inside the building where the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga began and learn about the exciting new research that is challenging long-held assumptions about the building's past.  The Pavilion was built by William Ferris Pell during the 1820s & 30s.  He and his family occupied it as a summer home from ca. 1826 to ca. 1839.  By the spring of 1839 the house had begun to be used as a hotel - its primary function through 1899.  When Stephen H.P. and Sarah G.T. Pell began the restoration of Fort Ticonderoga in 1909, they simultaneously undertook the restoration of the Pavilion and the building was used again as a Pell family summer residence through 1987.  This tour examines the building's evolution and history chronicling its many changes over the past 188 years and offers a glimpse at plans under development  for its future reuse.

Tours begin at 1:00 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 plus cost of general admission.

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.

Tours are scheduled for: July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, August 5, 12 and 26.

 

Armchair General Tour

Climb aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s ground transportation to approach the tactical challenges faced by generals like Abercromby, Burgoyne, Amherst, and Gates. Play out their decisions as you tour the historic hills surrounding Ticonderoga and place yourself in their shoes to see if they played their hands well as they vied for this Key to the Continent. Beginning from Fort Ticonderoga itself, travel out to the French Lines, the great 1758 battlefield. Tour the site of the sawmill, where key decisions were made in 1758 and 1759. Drive up to Mount Hope, the vital American fortification to secure the LaChute Valley in 1776. Ascend Mount Defiance to sight in where British Cannon forced an American withdrawal. Return to the Fort itself knowing the lay of the land around it. Limited space and advanced reservations required. $65 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 ½ hours.

Tours are scheduled for: July 8, 15, 22 and 29

                     

Fort Ticonderoga's Guns by Night

Experience the flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night in this unique 90-minute tour of 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 the shape and 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 are scheduled for: July 3 (July 3 - SOLD OUT!), 10, 17, 24 and 31, August 7 (August 7 - SOLD OUT!), 14 (August 14 - SOLD OUT!), 21 and 28

          

 

Fort Ticonderoga’s Garrison Ghost Tours

Visit Fort Ticonderoga by night and venture into the darkness to learn about the unexplained experiences reported by staff and visitors over the past century and decide for yourself if they are connected to the Fort’s remarkable past.  A museum staff person will serve as your guide on this 90-minute exploration of the Fort’s darkest and most active areas and provide rare insight into a unique and not well understood aspect of Ticonderoga’s history.  Limited space and advanced reservations required. $35 per person. All sales are final.  There are 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 1 ½ hours.

Tour are scheduled for: July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, August 6 (August 6 - SOLD OUT!), 13 (August 13 - SOLD OUT!) and 27, October 10 (Oct. 10 SOLD OUT!) and 24 (Oct. 24 SOLD OUT!)

 

 

  • 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.
  • For directions to Fort Ticonderoga visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions
  • 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