Kid-Friendly Tours and “Voyage to New France: A Family Adventure!” Launches in July
Fort Ticonderoga is debuting new opportunities for families visiting in July and August. The new Family Guided Tour will lead families through the fort grounds and provide a kid-friendly overview for all of the exciting things to do during a visit. The Family Guided Tour takes place daily at 10:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.
In addition to the tour, Voyage to New France: A Family Adventure gives families a chance to work together to complete tasks as they explore Fort Ticonderoga and receive rewards for helping the soldiers with their daily duties. The interactions will inspire creativity and make history come alive. Voyage to New France allows families to step into New France in 1758 at Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) and participate in hands-on activities guided by Historic Trades staff.
“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. “This new summer program brings families into Fort Ticonderoga’s epic story through hands-on activities in our historic trades shops, to our gardens, and into soldiers’ life and maritime programs. Families work side-by-side with Fort Ticonderoga’s talented museum staff for a mind-expanding memory-filled family adventure.”
Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination with many attractions. General admission tickets include a full line-up of daily programs including more than 14 guided tours, thrilling weapons demonstrations, historic trades, and soldiers’ life programs. Visitors receive access to the museum exhibits, the King’s Garden, and Mount Defiance. There is so much to see and do that we have extended our admission tickets to buy one day, visit the next day FREE!
Other family-friendly activities include:
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 you and sonar readings present unforgettable images of shipwrecks. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for sale on board. 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.
Lush Historic Gardens and Friendly Animals
Immerse your senses in the colors and scents of a unique American country estate and explore Ticonderoga’s story after the Revolution. Visit the King’s Garden or make memories with your family in a NEW garden designed especially for children. Discover heritage breed animals including the friendly oxen duo, Mick and Mack!
Take A Hike!
A journey on foot allows for a unique and intimate appreciation for how the land was shaped by the generations who passed before. The Carillon Battlefield Trail offers a family-friendly 1.7-mile loop through one of the most important battlefields in North America. Become immersed in the place where empires clashed and liberty was won.
Complete the Family Scavenger Hunt
Explore the 2000-acres of historic land to find answers to unique questions about Ticonderoga. Tour through museum exhibits, read signs and labels, and interact with 18th-century soldiers for answers.
Enjoy Farm-to-Fork Culinary Offerings
Be sure to savor the fresh garden flavors and locally sourced food while enjoying a breathtaking view in our America’s Fort Café. Our meals are made using harvested fruits and vegetables grown on-site in the King’s Garden as well as produce and dairy through our partner, Black River Produce, who connects us to numerous regional farms in New York and Vermont.
Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic historic landscape. Whether you hike up the mountain in the footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of America’s most historic landscape. Discover how this summit shaped America’s history during the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History,” offered daily at 4:00 p.m.
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.
Photo: Fort Ticonderoga Announces New Family Programming for 2019 Season. Kid-Friendly Tours and “Voyage to New France: A Family Adventure!” Launches in July.