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Fort Ticonderoga Opens for 2023 Season on May 6th!

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Experience the blend of history and natural beauty like nowhere else when you visit Fort Ticonderoga! Explore 2000-acres of America’s most historic landscape, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, nestled between New York’s Adirondack & Vermont’s Green Mountains. Create lasting memories as you embark on an unforgettable adventure that spans centuries, defined a continent, and helped forge a nation.

Hailed as the premier living history site in North America, Fort Ticonderoga’s staff brings history to life every day! Ticonderoga’s epic history and signature stories are highlighted through innovative storytelling on a grand scale, historic trades, daily soldiers’ life programs, thrilling weapons demonstrations, endless outdoor activities, and captivating special events.

This year, Fort Ticonderoga debuts a new chapter in its history. Experience 1760 and see the unfolding story as British soldiers and American provincials ensure military dominance on Lake Champlain and deep into the heart of French Canada.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a must-see destination, a center of learning, and an interactive, multi-faceted experience,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “Daily programs bring to life epic chapters of history and signature stories through new interactive programs and world-class museum exhibits, boat tours aboard the Carillon, living history events, special programs, lush gardens, Mount Defiance tours, hands-on family activities, and more!”

2023 Highlights Include:

  • This year, Fort Ticonderoga debuts a new chapter in its story: Explore the year 1760! Thrill at the power of artillery and crackle of muskets through daily weapons demonstrations and explore programs, new exhibits, gardens, historic trades, and other family adventures across the scenic historic property.
  • Carillon Boat Cruises: Aboard the Carillon cruise boat, enjoy gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 75-minute narrated tour on Lake Champlain. Regional beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.silver bowlPrivate charters and group outings are available, inquire today by calling 518-585-1023!
  • Featured Exhibit: Underwater Ticonderoga from the King’s Shipyard displays exciting finds from the 2019 survey of the King’s Shipyard. After capturing Fort Carillon in July 1759, the British quickly established a shipyard at the newly named Ticonderoga to counter French naval presence on Lake Champlain. Vessels such as the sloop Boscawen and the brig Duke of Cumberland patrolled the southern waters of the lake, mooring at Ticonderoga’s docks and in 1760, even provided housing for officers.
  • 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. Visit the Victory Garden to see how British soldiers enjoyed the taste of success! Discover our heritage breed animals including oxen duo, Mick and Mack!
  • Living History Events & Epic Battle Reenactment: Become immersed in Fort Ticonderoga’s epic history during one of our exciting living history events this summer, including Independence Day weekend and the Sound of 1776. The July 22-23 Defiance & Independence battle reenactment actively explores how American soldiers and artillerymen held the line in the name of Liberty, featuring a dramatic nighttime program. View all 2023 special events here.view of Fort Ticonderoga from Mount Defiance
  • Breathtaking Views: 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 Tuesday-Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
  • NEW Family Program Adventures: In July and August, build family adventures by helping soldiers with their daily duties. Receive awards for completing the tasks. Take a guided tour designed especially for families.
  • Summertime Specialty Tours: Enhance your Fort Ticonderoga experience this summer and enjoy exclusive premium opportunities led by museum experts, attend a behind-the-scenes program with a curator, or thrill at Ticonderoga after hours during one our exciting night time programs. Featuring NEW offerings and programs back by popular demand!

“As a leader in delivering a premium historic destination experience, we are thrilled to welcome visitors back to Fort Ticonderoga for the daily visitation Campaign Season– building family memories, fostering enjoyment in our site’s beauty, and inspiring visitors to discover the power of the past and its meaning to us today,” said Hill.

Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance will be open for visitation Tuesday-Sunday May 6-October 29, 2023 from 10 am until 5:00 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm). Tickets are encouraged to be purchased online in advance by visiting or can be purchased the day of at the Admission’s Booth. General admission tickets are valid for two consecutive days!

About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, center of learning and major cultural destination. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year on site 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 owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a non-profit educational organization which serves its mission to preserve, educate and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. Fort Ticonderoga reaches more than 30 million people through its digital outreach each year through its Center for Digital History 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. 2023 All Rights Reserved.