(Ticonderoga, NY) Immerse yourself in the epic history and incredible natural beauty at Fort Ticonderoga with richly informative and entertaining guided specialty tours this summer. Thrill at the power of artillery during Guns by Night tour; join the Soldier for an Evening program to enlist with your family and friends in the Continental Army; discover the history within the walls of the 1826 Historic Pavilion house during the Pavilion Promenade tour; and enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s Vessel Carillon to discover why Lake Champlain is one of America’s most historic waterways. All prices are in addition to Fort Ticonderoga admission and advanced purchase is required. Space is limited for tours. To learn more about our specialty tours visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections for a rare look inside the building where the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga began. 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. As the oldest intact structure remaining on the garrison grounds, explore the stories of the building from the 19th and 20th centuries, as the sun sets over the lake, and discover how modern science combined with old-fashioned historical research has helped to shed light on the building’s secrets. Pavilion Promenade begins at 5:00 pm near the Guest Service Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Tours take place every Wednesday July through August. The cost of this specialty adventure is $35 per person.
Soldier for an Evening!
Now is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army! Allow Fort Ticonderoga to introduce a new and exciting evening program presented July 4, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 pm. During this program, you and your family can join together as new recruits to see what it was like to be a soldier at Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 as 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! 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 cost of this family adventure is $35 per person; advanced registration is required.
The Sunset Cruise
Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. Now you can have the waterborne thrill of viewing the Fort’s majesty and exploring the region by riding on the tour boat, Carillon, a 60-foot, 49-passenger luxury vessel. Enjoy an unforgettable experience and witness a mountainside sunset on Lake Champlain during a unique 90 minute evening cruise. Tours take place every Wednesday, July through August from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. 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. The cost is $35 per person. The tour will proceed rain or shine; however, in the event of inclement weather that prevents the cruise vessel from operating, tickets will be refunded. Beer, wine, and other snacks and refreshments are available during the tour. Boxed dinners are available with advanced notice.
*If you are interested in combining this cruise with the same-day “Pavilion Promenade” tour, a $10 discount will be applied.
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 significant 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! Starting at 8:00 pm, this is a rain or shine tour that will take approximately an hour and a half to complete. The gate opens at 7:30 pm. Limited space and advanced reservations are required, so get your ticket today! This remarkable opportunity costs $35 per person.
“Our special programs allow guests to enrich their Fort Ticonderoga experience through tours and demonstrations, focusing on unique parts of history, led by our staff of engaging historians,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “These tours and events are perfect for a family outing, activity with friends, or an evening out alone! “
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Photo Credit: Fort Ticonderoga Guns by Night Program