Frequently Asked Questions

General

  • Is Fort Ticonderoga open for visitation?

    Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance are open for daily visitation May 7-October 30, 2022 Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5pm (last ticket sold at 4:30pm). The property, including Mount Defiance, is closed on Mondays.

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  • Is Fort Ticonderoga a state or federally owned site?

    No, Fort Ticonderoga is owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a (501c3) non-profit educational organization. Museum founders Stephen and Sarah Pell believed deeply that their endeavor as a private museum and historic site would enable Fort Ticonderoga to flourish for generations to come. Your visit and your support through contributions enable Fort Ticonderoga to continue its vital work in preservation and education.

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  • Where is Fort Ticonderoga located?

    Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Rd., in Ticonderoga, NY.

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  • What does my admission ticket include?

    Explore the beautiful gardens, discover the epic history, find adventure in signature events, march with the Fifes and Drums, and learn about a historic trade. Visit the reconstructed fort, enjoy the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, and take in the unforgettable view from the top of Mount Defiance with a sweeping vista of Lake Champlain and Vermont’s Green Mountains.

    The daily itinerary provided to you upon arrival will list all of the guided tours, demonstrations, and ongoing programs offered for the day.

    Your ticket is valid for use on the day you choose above, and the next day FREE of charge.

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  • Is parking included in my ticket price?

    Yes! Your Fort Ticonderoga admission includes free and ample parking for cars, buses, motorcycles, and bicycles. Please use the parking lot adjacent to the Corn Maze to access the King’s Garden and Carillon boat.

    Accessible Parking is available next to the Log House Welcome Center and the King’s Garden parking lots. Please check here for more information or email info@fort-ticonderoga.org with any additional questions.

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  • How do I include a Lake Champlain boat cruise?

    • Enhance your Fort Ticonderoga experience with a 75-minuted boat cruise on some of the most archaeologically rich waters in America! 
    • When you purchase a “Combination Ticket,” you receive full access to Fort Ticonderoga for 2-consecutive days and one 75-minute boat cruise at the day and time of your choosing. 
    • These tours have a limited capacity and sell quickly, so we do advise that if you can, purchase your tickets online in advance for the date and time of your choosing. Tickets, as available, can be purchased the day of. 
    • A scenic lake tour isn’t complete without a cold beverage! The Carillon offers an assortment of beer, wine, cider, soft drinks, and snacks. Purchases should be made using a credit card.

    Boat Cruises

  • What are the dining and shopping options?

    DINING

    • America’s Fort Cafe located inside Fort Ticonderoga’s historic Log House Welcome Center is the perfect place to relax, refuel, and savor locavore dining in a cozy Adirondack-style atmosphere. The full menu features signature sandwiches and salads, grilled favorites, regionally inspired and sourced delights, homemade desserts, regional beer and wines, and more!
    • America’s Fort Cafe offers made-to-order to-go orders.
    • A selection of tasty pre-made favorites can be found in the to-go fridge!
    • Fort Ticonderoga is also a fabulous location for a picnic! Tables are located near the King’s Garden, the Log House Welcome Center, and on top of Mount Defiance.
    • A selection of nostalgic candies, snacks, and soft drinks can also be purchased!

    SHOPPING

    • Begin or end your visit to Fort Ticonderoga shopping the Museum Store located inside the Log House Welcome Center.
    • We also have an online museum store!
    • Didn’t find what you were looking for? Contact our Museum Retail Manager, Nick Fitzgerald, at retail@fort-ticonderoga.org.
  • Does Fort Ticonderoga have special events and battle reenactments?

    We have a big line-up of annual special events and reenactments each year! Fort Ticonderoga is known for its storytelling on a grand scale which carries dramatic reenactment programs across the property and onto the water.

    Events

  • Is Fort Ticonderoga pet friendly?

    Yes! Fort Ticonderoga loves to welcome you and your pets as long as they are leashed and you pick up after them. There are cleaning receptacles across our site for your convenience and water bowls in case your four-legged family member gets thirsty. Only verified service animals are allowed in buildings, the formal walled King’s Garden, and on the Carillon Boat.

  • What if I just want to visit Mount Defiance?

    You can drive to Mount Defiance located at 72 Defiance St, Ticonderoga, NY, and purchase your ticket at the base of the mountain with a credit card for $10/car. 

    Your general admission ticket includes access to Mount Defiance which can be used during open hours. Upon entry to Fort Ticonderoga, you will receive a gold token that you can insert at the kiosk at the base of Mount Defiance.

    If you are a Fort Ticonderoga Member or a Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass Holder and would like to pick up a Mount Defiance token for entry, please visit Fort Ticonderoga’s admissions booth to acquire it.

    Hours of operation: 9:30 am—4:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, May 7-October 31, 2022.

    RVs and buses are not permitted to drive up the mountain. There is a parking area at the bottom and you are welcome to walk up. 

    Mount Defiance

  • Can I take photos and video while I’m at Fort Ticonderoga?

    Still and video photography is permitted for noncommercial use only at Fort Ticonderoga including exhibition spaces, unless otherwise posted. Please refrain from any flash photography while in the Museum.

    Except when written permission has been granted, camera tripods, monopods, drones, and lights are prohibited on Fort Ticonderoga’s property. Selfie-sticks are not permitted in the museum.

    Permission must be granted in advance for commercial photography and video. Contact Fort Ticonderoga Director of Collections, Miranda Peters, at mpeters@fort-ticonderoga.org or call (518) 585-2821.

    Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by Fort Ticonderoga for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on Fort Ticonderoga’s website, social media, and other public websites.

  • I visited Fort Ticonderoga when I was a kid. Do you have anything new for me to see now?

    Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience! One of Fort Ticonderoga’s innovations is that it features a different historic year each year in its programs, tours, weapons demonstrations, and exhibition program. Daily living history programs, historic trades, soldiers’ life programs, and more feature the story arch for that particular year. Discover a whole new story and layers of history each time you visit!

    Daily Programs

  • Does Fort Ticonderoga have group discounts?

    Group rates are available depending on the size of the group! For more information, contact Fort Ticonderoga Group Sales Manager, Ryann Wiktorko, at rwiktorko@fort-ticonderoga.org or call 518-585-1023 Monday-Friday.

    Group Visits

  • Does Fort Ticonderoga have an annual pass program?

    Join our ranks and become a member! Fort Ticonderoga memberships include FREE attendance for a year. Varying levels offer a myriad of benefits!

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  • How can I stay connected with Fort Ticonderoga from home?

    Through the Center for Digital History, we are reaching beyond the historic grounds of Fort Ticonderoga to bring our award-winning educational programs into homes and classrooms online. Join engaging, interactive programs, and discover the powerful stories of the men and women who lived at Ticonderoga in the 18th century.

    Center for Digital History

  • I want to make a contribution to Fort Ticonderoga. Who do I contact?

    Fort Ticonderoga is a non-profit (501c3) educational organization. Your tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated and support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission of preservation and education.

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  • Can I schedule a visit to research your museum collections?

    Fort Ticonderoga does indeed have significant museum holdings which are considered one of the most important collections of 18th-century militaria in North America. Researchers are welcome to schedule a visit to the Thompson Pell Research Center or research our digital collections online.

    To schedule a research visit, contact the Collections Department at (518) 585-1015.

    Collections

  • I'm interested in participating in a re-enactment. Who do I contact?

    To learn more about Fort Ticonderoga’s living history program and participating in reenactment events please contact our Museum’s Public History Department (518) 585-6190 or email Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation, Cameron Green, at cgreen@fort-ticonderoga.org.

    Event Participation

  • Is Fort Ticonderoga available as a private event venue?

    Yes! Fort Ticonderoga offers unique venues across the 2,000-acre property, for weddings, corporate events, and private gatherings. 

    Private Events

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