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Fort Ticonderoga Announces Outdoor Family Fun

2,000 acres spanning America’s most historic landscape with endless outdoor activities

The historic site, museum, and family destination debuts a new chapter in Ticonderoga’s epic history each year, creating opportunities for annual memories that will last a lifetime!

This year, join daily soldiers’ life programs, thrilling weapons demonstrations, and endless outdoor activities that highlight the British-occupied fort in the years just before the American Revolution.

“We are thrilled to welcome families this summer where the learning is easy and memories are made of historic proportions,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “Fort Ticonderoga’s expert museum staff bring history to life through historic trades, exciting weapons demonstrations, and soldiers’ life programs, and so much more.”

Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination with many attractions. General admission tickets include a full line-up of programs offered Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 am-5 pm. Tickets are encouraged to be purchased online in advance or tickets, as available, can be purchase with a credit card upon arrival.

During your visit, be sure to include:

The Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!graphic of heroic corn maze 2020 design
This family favorite has returned with a new design for 2020! The maze, featuring a design inspired by Fort Ticonderoga’s British history, is divided into two phases, giving guests the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze. The average journey will take from twenty minutes for the first phase and up to an hour for the second phase.

The Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail
Embark on an adventure on the 1.7-mile hiking trail. The Carillon Battlefield hiking trail allows you to explore on of the most important battlefields in North America. Be sure to download and print a trail guide before your visit or pick one up at the Guest Services Desk outside of the Log House Welcome Center.

envelope with childrens activities insideLush Gardens
Visitors of all ages can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vibrant gardens and explore centuries of history. Did you know that there is a garden designed especially for children? The Kid’s Discovery Garden allows little ones to have a shaded seat inside the Sunflower House which is comprised of towering sunflowers! Find the rainbow of colors in the Artist’s Palette Bed and watch for butterflies and hummingbirds in the Pollinator bed! Be sure to pick up a Kid’s Kit full of coloring pages, puzzles, and a scavenger hunt at the greenhouse in the King’s Garden!

March with the Fifes and Drums
Listen to stirring tunes that eased the drudgery of a long march, or the many calls that regulated activity in the fort. During daily performances, explore how drumbeats, trilling fifes, and songs created an 18th-century world of military music.

The Mount Defiance Experience
Visit Mount Defiance to witness a picturesque birds-eye view of Ticonderoga’s epic military landscape and discover how this summit shaped America’s history! At the summit, you’ll find a picnic pavilion with unforgettable views making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy lunch!

Friendly Heritage Breed Animals
Families love meeting Devon oxen, Mick and Mack! Watch the dynamic duo in action and learn the important role animals played in Ticonderoga’s history. See how soldiers cared for their livestock who provided the heavy hauling power needed for massive armies in the garrison and on the move.

Fort Ticonderoga staff in 18th cent dress with muskets

Thrilling Demonstrations
Weapon demonstrations bring the sights, sounds, and even smells to life! Expert public history staff explain and demonstrate the power of 18th-century weapons utilized by armies at Ticonderoga as they fought for empire and nation.

One destination with many attractions:
Hailed as the premier living history program in North America, Fort Ticonderoga’s museum staff brings history to life every day! Ticonderoga’s epic history and signature stories are highlighted through innovative storytelling on a grand scale, breathtaking gardens layered with history, historic trades, soldiers’ life programs, thrilling weapons demonstrations, and endless outdoor activities. Visit through the reconstructed fort, take a stroll on the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, and witness the unforgettable view from the top of Mount Defiance with a sweeping vista of Lake Champlain and Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Fort Ticonderoga’s 2020 opening was delayed due to Covid-19 and New York on Pause. Numerous measures are in place to ensure staff and visitor safety and reflect guidance from appropriate government agencies and health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including required physical distancing, new signage to manage visitor flow and expectations, and required face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.

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.

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