July 2021 — Even though summer is coming to an end, at Fort Ticonderoga, we’re just getting started! This month, Fort Ticonderoga will offer a new Family Guided Tour to lead families through the grounds and provide a kid-friendly overview of all the exciting things to do— including a brand-new scavenger hunt: In His Majesty’s Service: A Family Adventure! Autumn-themed fun starts on August 7 with the Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure. Visitors of all ages will have the chance to explore Fort Ticonderoga’s 6-acre corn maze, located on the shores of Lake Champlain.
This year, the maze is designed in the silhouette of a cartridge pouch badge of the 26th Regiment of Foot and the British flag as a nod to the 2021 programming theme: 1774, a peaceful era of garrison life at Fort Ticonderoga under British rule. The corn maze is divided into two phases, with an average journey taking one hour. As you make your way through the maze, hunt for all the history-themed stamps along the way, and sign the wall of fame at the end!
In addition to the Heroic Corn Maze and Family Guided Tour, the new scavenger hunt, In His Majesty’s Service: A Family Adventure!, allows families to interact with staff portraying British soldiers of the 26th Regiment of Foot and receive rewards as they explore Fort Ticonderoga’s 2000-acres of historic landscape as history comes to life.
“We look forward to welcoming thousands of families this summer where the learning is easy and memories are made of historic proportions,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “Our new summer program brings families right into Fort Ticonderoga’s epic story through hands-on activities in our historic trades shops, gardens, and maritime programs. And with exciting activities on-site like our popular Heroic Corn Maze, you’re bound to have a wonderful time learning, exploring, and adventuring with family and friends.”
All programs and activities are included in Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price— $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $12 for children. Tickets are buy one, get the next day free. The maze will be open daily August 7-29 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.), and on weekends only starting September 4 through October 17. The Family Guided Tour will take place Tuesday-Sunday at 10:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
Fall Homeschool DayIn addition to the Heroic Maze, on September 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., homeschool families can take part in a series of engaging programs such as a soldier’s life activities, guided tours, and exciting demonstrations on Fort Ticonderoga’s Fall Homeschool Day. Families can also take a stroll through King’s Garden or roll up their sleeves to help tend the vegetables and flowers during this hands-on learning day. The ticket price for one student and a parent is $6. For an additional parent, the price is $14. Tickets must be purchased day-of to receive the special discount rate.
Carillon Boat Cruises on Lake Champlain
Enjoy a 75-minute narrated boat cruise on Lake Champlain and enjoy centuries of stirring maritime heritage. Panoramic mountain vistas will surround visitors and sonar readings present unforgettable images of shipwrecks. And on Saturday evenings, settle in for a relaxing cruise on the water underneath a gorgeous sunset. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for sale onboard. An additional ticket is required and can be purchased in advance at fortticonderoga.org or the day of the visit on a first-come basis.
Fort Ticonderoga is the perfect place to create memorable experiences this summer with a blend of educational programs, family-friendly activities, and natural beauty. In addition to engaging historical programming, visitors can hike the family-friendly Carillon Battlefield Trail, enjoy farm-to-fork cuisine straight from King’s Garden, take in breathtaking views atop Mount Defiance, interact with heritage breed animals in a new children’s garden, and much more.
Visit fortticonderoga.org for more details about the Heroic Corn Maze, new family-friendly programming, and other fall events at Fort Ticonderoga.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.