Bring the whole family to experience Fort Ticonderoga on land and water this August! Fort Ticonderoga offers a new line-up of fun, active, and hands-on programs that will be sure to excite and delight the whole family! Take a guided tour and explore the beautiful and historic grounds of Fort Ticonderoga, become a Gunner’s Apprentice and help soldiers and sailors with their daily duties, climb aboard the tour boat, Carillon, to experience the history on Lake Champlain, join a Cannon Crew and practice the steps to successfully load and fire a cannon, journey down to the King’s Garden, roll up your sleeves, and join the garden program to learn about the different types of produce used at Fort Ticonderoga.
Share time with family and friends while exploring our unique 6-acre corn maze located on the shores of Lake Champlain. Getting lost in this life-size puzzle is part of the fun as you look for history clues among towering stalks of corn! Find clues connected to our story as you make your way through the maze!
Family Guided Tours
We know history needs to be delivered to different audiences in different ways, so that’s why we’ve designed a special tour just for families, presented every day in August! This interactive overview teaches visitors of all ages about the armies that made Fort Ticonderoga their home and about how critical Fort Ticonderoga was.
What kid (and kid at heart!) wouldn’t love being a Gunner’s apprentice? We want our guests to learn by doing. This awesome program allows you to help soldiers and sailors as they go about their daily activities. Make sure to stop by the camp kitchen so you can discover what was for dinner in 1781. We’ll also show you how to make a solid pair of shoes, run a tailor shop, and make your very own soldier or sailor cap!
Join a Cannon Crew!
Make sure to catch the Fife & Drum Corps at 3:30 p.m. and practice the steps needed to successfully load and fire cannon at Fort Ticonderoga during the Cannon Crew. This is a kid friendly program that will teach you how every small detail is part of the teamwork of a successful shot. Cannons are not fired during this program.
Bring the whole crew for a ride on the Carillon to enjoy the gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a narrated 90-minute boat tour. Let our friendly and engaging staff guide you through Lake Champlain and teach you all about its history. Visitors of all ages will love this unique Adirondack boat tour! An assortment of beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for purchase.
In addition to these activities, pass through the Log House Welcome Center, pick up a trail guide at the Guest Service Desk, and take a family hike on the Carillon Battlefield to explore where empires clashed to decide the destiny of North America.
These interactive activities will inspire creativity and make history come alive! Fort Ticonderoga also hosts living history events, re-enactments, and other family fun events such as the Heritage, Harvest, and Horse Festival on October 6, 2018. For more information on family visits and activities, call (518) 585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.