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Enhance your Fort Ticonderoga Experience with NEW Premium Programs

Fort Ticonderoga recently announced a new schedule of premium programs and tours this summer. Visitors will have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes, tour the fort before and after hours, and delve deep into Ticonderoga’s epic history and natural beauty.

A NEW culinary adventure: A Taste of Liberty allows visitors to explore a day in the life of British soldiers and their families in 1774 through food! Sample a menu of the real recipes enjoyed by the British garrison of Fort Ticonderoga. Portions of tasty breakfasts and savory dinners incorporate carefully selected heirloom grains, meats, and produce from the King’s Garden. Delight in the sumptuous flavors of Mars AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate desserts as you discover evidence of cooking from the past, and the process of recreating the period palette today.

“Premium and behind-the-scenes programs provide guests an opportunity to enrich their Fort Ticonderoga experience through tours and demonstrations, focusing on unique parts of history, led by our staff of knowledgeable and engaging historians,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “These tours and events are perfect for a family outing, a memorable activity with friends, or for individual enjoyment.”

Visitors can choose from the following new offerings and programs back by popular demand. To learn more about Fort Ticonderoga’s premium programs, and to purchase tickets, visit Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Some blackout dates apply.

  • aerial boat cruise imageNEW! History Happy Hour on Lake Champlain: Enjoy a relaxing narrated cruise, surrounded by scenic beauty and Ticonderoga’s rich maritime history aboard the Carillon, Fort Ticonderoga’s classic 1920s tour boat. From poignant to comical, discover the drama that surrounded Ticonderoga on the storied waters of Lake Champlain. Savor the flavor of history through classic cocktails, taken from tales of bootleggers and brave soldiers. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, & snacks are available. Availability: June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23.
  • behind the scenes program handling weapons with curatorNEW! A Date with Brown Bess: In 1774, the British troops at Fort Ticonderoga carried a version of the famous “Brown Bess” musket. But what’s the real story behind this iconic firearm? In this one-of-a-kind behind the scenes, hands-on program, get up close and personal with Fort Ticonderoga Curator, Dr. Matthew Keagle, to really understand “Brown Bess” revealing the industrial systems employed that developed the weapons used to conquer the world in the 18th century. See real artifacts up close, and under careful supervision, handle original weapons from Fort Ticonderoga’s collection. This premium program is limited to 5 participants, ages 16+, and able to lift at least 20 pounds. Availability: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13.
  • Fort Tconderoga Coffee Mug Next To Cannon Overlooking Lake ChamplainCannon and Coffee: Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s world-class collection of 18th-century artillery from a whole new perspective and be the first to enter Fort Ticonderoga with this special early bird program. Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator, Dr. Matthew Keagle for a special tour across the guns of Ticonderoga and learn the surprising histories of the museum’s artillery collection, spanning the Atlantic Ocean from the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions all the way to the Spanish American War and WWI. Learn how historians can read these pieces and discover what they have to tell us about military history, technology, art, and more. Fresh coffee provided and a unique Fort Ticonderoga coffee mug included! Availability: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23.
  • NEW! A Taste of Liberty: Explore a day in the life of British soldiers and their families on the eve of the American Revolution through food! In this new family-friendly program, sample a tasting menu of the real recipes enjoyed by the British garrison of Fort Ticonderoga in 1774. Enjoy portions of tasty breakfasts and savory dinners, incorporating carefully selected heirloom grains, meats, and produce from Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden. Delight in the sumptuous flavors of Mars AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate desserts as you discover evidence of cooking from the past, and the process of recreating the period palette today. Availability: July 2, 9, 23, 30; August 6.
  • Drinks and Drama: Learn what the founding fathers were doing when nobody was looking. Between the battles, the men and women stationed at Ticonderoga from 1755 to 1781 endured scandals, hijinks, and above all…drama! Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator for a different look, and taste, of the past. Tawdry and tantalizing historical tidbits from Ticonderoga’s past will be paired with historic libations for an unforgettable experience with the past. *This is an adults-only program, ages 21+. Availability: July 3, 31, August 14.
  • Ticonderoga Guns by Night: The flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night will captivate you in this unique tour and demonstrations of 18th-century firepower. The program concludes with a dramatic demonstration of weapons that you will not see anywhere else! Availability: July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22.
  • Premium Pavilion Tour: Delve into the exquisite details of the newly restored 1826 Pell Pavilion, enjoying the treasured family tales within each room and each amazing object on display. This entertaining 60-minute tour examines the evolution of this National Historic Landmark, from summer home to hotel, its renovation in 1909, and its most recent complete restoration. Explore incredible examples of the museum’s furniture, decorative arts, and archaeological remains from the Pavilion on exhibit for the very first time. Don’t miss out on this NEW EXCLUSIVE experience at Ticonderoga! Space is limited for these very special tours inside this beautiful American icon on Lake Champlain. Availability: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15.

About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is museum, historic site, major cultural destination, and center for learning, on-site and across the globe through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about North America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year. Presenting vibrant programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits, Fort Ticonderoga and is open for daily visitation May through October and special programs during Winter Quarters, November through April. Fort Ticonderoga is owned by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, and is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. To view Fort Ticonderoga’s electronic press kit, click here. © The Fort Ticonderoga Association. 2024 All Rights Reserved.