Demonstration on Fort Ticondergoga in front of group tour

Why This Iconic Landmark
Should be on Your Bucket-list!

If you have a bucket-list of must-see destinations, we’re sure the likes of the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the Coliseum are on it. But is Fort Ticonderoga? The centuries old landmark is a key factor in America’s history and provides visitors with adventures unlike any other! Hear stories about soldiers, hike the battlefield, and discover the largest artillery collection in North America. Rain or Shine, Fort Ticonderoga is a destination with attractions the whole family can enjoy.

Read on to learn the top 10 reasons why Fort Ticonderoga should be on your destination bucket-list!

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Bullets and blades collection1) Fort Ticonderoga has one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military culture

Whether you’re a history buff or not, every visitor will enjoy viewing the extensive collections of historic weapons. The exhibits include firearms and sidearms from the late 17th century through the American War of Independence. Explore the muskets, pistols, and swords that helped America to victory!


Carillon Cruise Boat2) Go Behind the Scenes with Special Tours

For a truly unique experience, sign up for the one of the special tours Fort Ticonderoga offers. Enjoy the flash of cannons and guns at night in a 90-minute Guns by Night tour and demonstration of 18th century weaponry. The Gossip Tour will have you going beyond the battles to get the real story of Fort Ticonderoga and the all the drama. It’s history like you’ve never heard it before! Enjoy a relaxing summer evening during a Sunset Boat Cruise aboard the Carillon. Stories of armed schooners to prohibition-era rum runners will fire your imagination during your scenic trip on Lake Champlain.


lake champlain and lake george3) The Land Between Two Waters

Marvel at the stunning natural beauty across our 2,000 acres nestled in the Adirondacks overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Ticonderoga, the land between two waters, is centrally located and situated beautifully on Lake George and Lake Champlain. Fort Ticonderoga sits in an ideal location to launch your Adirondack vacation and beyond! Positioned at the northern part of Lake George and in the southern portion of the Adirondack Park, several wonderful and diverse experiences await you nearby and just a short drive away.


Liberty Pouch4) One of the Largest and Most Diverse Collections of Military Material Culture in North America

When Fort Ticonderoga opened in 1909, the founders intended to create “the finest military museum in America” and sought military related artifacts of the Colonial and Revolutionary period. The collection includes items that span from 1609 to 1815 and are not limited to one nation, theatre, or battle, but broadly documents the early modern military experience.


Young girl with oxen5) Attractions for Everyone to Enjoy

Rain or shine, visitors of all ages will make a lifetime of memories when they visit Fort Ticonderoga. Begin your day watching musket and cannon demos to learn how soldiers worked together to hold their ground. Afterwards, take a walk-through King’s Garden where you will meet friendly heritage breed animals or enjoy a hands-on horticulture experience. The Carillon boat cruise or a hike along the Carillon Battlefield Trail is an exciting way to spend the afternoon! Don’t forget to visit the restored South Barracks, home of nearly 10,000 sq ft of exhibit space where you will find interactive and engaging exhibits.


Pell Pavilion6) Discover Centuries of Stories

The history of the Ticonderoga peninsula stretches back into prehistory. Explore the unique history of this remarkable place in peace and war over the centuries. From the imperial wars of the 18th century, through the preservation and restoration of Fort Ticonderoga in the 19th and 20th centuries see what has captured the imaginations and ambitions of soldiers, subjects, and citizens from across the world and made Ticonderoga famous.


Children with historic trades soldier7) Make Family Memories with Activities for Kids

You and your family will enjoy a day spent exploring the fort and learning through hands-on activities. The youngest visitors make crafts and roll-up their sleeves in fun hands-on activities while learning about Fort Ticonderoga! Help soldiers with their daily duties, make a historic hat, and discover the science and math behind maritime trades. Be sure to get the scoop on all the family activities across the 2000-acre historic landscape and in the museum during a family tour!


cannon during fall foliage8) Experience Fall at Fort Ticonderoga

The fun doesn’t stop when summer is over. Surrounded by the changing leaves in the Adirondack Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga is a must-see in the fall. Pick your own apples from King’s Garden to make in to apple pie or apple sauce. Our 6-acre Heroic Corn Maze is available to conquer mid-August through October. The design changes every year making it a great family tradition. End the day with a hike or drive up Mount Defiance to take in the fall foliage and the beauty surrounding the fort.


1758 interpretive 9) Every Day is an Event and Every Year is a New Experience

There is never a dull day! Fort Ticonderoga is the only site in America that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year discover the epic story of 1758 through guided tours of the fort, musket and cannon firing demonstrations, or a tour of the beautiful King’s Garden. A ride on the Carillon provides a stunning view of Lake Champlain and a lesson on the lake’s maritime heritage. Parents and kids will both enjoy learning about musket maintenance, tailoring, shoemaking, and so many more of the daily tasks that took place at Fort Ticonderoga.


kids eating ice cream10) Food and Beverages

You’ll have a dining experience to remember when you visit Fort Ticonderoga. Our Farm-to-Fork Café features a menu of fresh dishes made with fruits and vegetables from our very own King’s Garden. Our dairy partner Black River Produce provides fresh produce and connects our chefs with numerous regional small farms in New York and Vermont. Round out your meal with regional beer and wine for a truly delicious lunch!

If you’d like to enjoy a picnic lunch, there are several spots around Fort Ticonderoga to relax and have your meal. Convenient and healthy Grab & Go options are also available at the Museum Store for additional lunch options and a snack to fuel your historic experience. Sit in the shade at a table near King’s Garden or sit at the picnic area near the Log House Welcome Center. Hikers can eat under cover in the pavilion at the summit of Mount Defiance surrounded by Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Green Mountains.


Visiting the Adirondack and
Lake George Regions?

Ticonderoga is centrally located and situated beautifully on Lake George and Lake Champlain. Fort Ticonderoga sits in an ideal location to launch your Adirondack vacation and beyond! Positioned at the northern part of Lake George and in the southern portion of the Adirondack Park, several wonderful and diverse experiences await you nearby and just a short drive away.

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  • December

    16

    Living History Event: The Noble Train Begins

    Join Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event and relive Henry Knox’s epic feat as he prepared to move massive cannon from Ticonderoga to Boston to force the British evacuation in 1776. Watch as soldiers work as carpenters to maintain Ticonderoga. Witness the raw power of oxen as these thousand pound animals pull sleds […]

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  • January

    13

    Living History Event: 1774 His Majesty’s Garrison of Ticonderoga

    See Fort Ticonderoga on the eve of the American Revolution as British soldiers and their families live in this peacetime fort on the frontier. Discover what it was like to be a British soldier, soldier’s wife, or child here. Discover how soldiers and their families made a comfortable life here at this historic military post.

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  • January

    14

    Virtual Author Series featuring David Price

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. The Battle of Harlem Heights is a largely unappreciated milestone in American military history. It was an encounter on upper Manhattan Island on September 16, 1776, that marked the first successful battlefield outcome achieved by George Washington’s troops in […]

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  • January

    20

    Virtual Material Matters: It’s in the Details

    The Thirteenth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” conference takes place online on January 20, 2024. We invite you to join us online for this conference on material culture spanning 1609-1815.  This conference is only available online through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History, streaming through Zoom Webinars. A laptop, tablet, or smartphone is […]

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  • January

    24

    Fort Fever Series featuring Stuart Lilie

    The Fort Fever Series are a virtual series presented by Fort Ticonderoga staff. Join Stuart Lilie, Vice President of Public History, to explore the world and demise of horse, the true cavalry in the 18th-century British Army. Discover this unique shift in British mounted soldiers, its reverberations in military fashion, arms, and the lexicon of cavalry across the Atlantic […]

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  • January

    27–28

    Winter Workshop Series: British Trousers & American Overalls

    In this two-day workshop, build a pair of fitted linen trousers used by the British Army and its German Auxiliaries, as well as many Continental Army units from 1777 onward.  Stout linen sheeting, sheeting, and tent linen are available for various British Army portrayals. Striped linen ticking is available for Brunswick soldiers serving in 1777. […]

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  • February

    10–11

    Winter Workshop Series: 1770s Straight-bodied Coats

    In this two-day workshop, examine details from surviving 1770s civilian coats, cutting, and begin assembly of your own. Practical wool coats that buttoned all the way down to the waist remained popular even as fashionable coats increasingly cut away along the front. Build one of these lined wool coats that were a mainstay of dress […]

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  • February

    11

    Virtual Author Series featuring Andrew Wehrman

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. The Contagion of Liberty: The Politics of Smallpox in the American Revolution is a timely and fascinating account of the raucous public demand for smallpox inoculation during the American Revolution and the origin of vaccination in the United States. […]

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  • February

    17

    Living History Event: 1776 Winter at Ticonderoga

    Soldiers at Ticonderoga in February 1776 struggled to maintain their vital link in the supply chain that kept an American Army alive at the gates of Quebec City. In this one-day living history event, see how soldiers and teamsters kept sleds running over the ice of Lake Champlain to feed and clothe the Continental Army […]

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  • February

    28

    Fort Fever Series featuring Dr. Matthew Keagle

    The Fort Fever Series is a virtual series presented by Fort Ticonderoga staff. Join Dr. Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga Curator, to preview the 2024 special exhibition highlighting “The Power of Place.” The American Revolution and the War of Independence played out across a vast geography. The Revolution made an impact in all corners of the […]

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  • March

    2

    North Country History Day

    Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day, serving students in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. The 2024 North Country History Day Regional Contest will take place Saturday, March 2 in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Registration will open in early January 2024 with a registration […]

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  • March

    9

    Battle Reenactment: 1759 Battle on Snowshoes

    Experience the third Battle on Snowshoes as Major Robert Rogers’ and his Rangers go on “A Grand Scout” before the 1759 campaign season! During this epic reenactment, visit the French garrison of Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) in the middle of the winter and tour pickets of British rangers, veterans of raids, ambushes, and scouts […]

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  • March

    10

    Virtual Author Series featuring Jack Kelly

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. In his new book God Save Benedict Arnold: The True Story of America’s Most Hated Man, author Jack Kelly brings the smell of gunpowder to every page in this riveting account of Benedict Arnold’s military career. Kelly’s account of […]

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  • March

    16–17

    Winter Workshop Series: Brunswick & Hessian Regimental Coats

    In this two-day workshop, learn the latest research on Brunswick and Hessian enlisted regimental coats as you build your own. Discover the unique details and differences between different states’ and regiments’ uniforms. This workshop is BYOL — bring your own lace– due to the specificity of these trimmings. Most regimental and campaign details can be […]

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  • March

    22

    The 30th Annual Ticonderoga Ball

    This stunning black tie affair supports Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to preserve, educate, and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. Enjoy dinner, a live auction, and dancing to the Lester Lanin Orchestra at the elegant Union League Club in New York City. For more information call 518-585-2821 […]

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  • March

    27

    Fort Fever Series featuring Tabitha Hubbard

    The Fort Fever Series is a virtual series presented by Fort Ticonderoga staff. Join Fort Ticonderoga Collections Manager, Tabitha Hubbard, as she highlights the incredible strides Collections staff have made in documenting, preserving, and making accessible Ticonderoga’s world-class collections. In the last few years, the Collections Department has made momentous progress in cataloging, inventorying, and […]

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  • April

    6

    Twelfth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium 

    The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Twelfth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium on Saturday, April 6, 2024. This program features practical strategies for expanding and improving your garden and landscape. We invite you to join us, whether you are an experienced gardener or you are just getting started, for helpful insights from garden […]

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  • April

    14

    Virtual Author Series featuring Jim Piecuch

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. In South Carolina Provincials: Loyalists in British Service during the American Revolution, historian Jim Piecuch provides the first comprehensive history of those South Carolinians who took up arms to assist the British during their attempt to quell the rebellion in […]

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  • April

    24

    Fort Fever Series featuring Cameron Green

    The Fort Fever Series is a virtual series presented by Fort Ticonderoga staff. Join Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation, Cameron Green, as we look forward to the 2024 Campaign Season at Fort Ticonderoga! This year, we will be launching REAL TIME REVOLUTION™ as our public history program highlights the year 1774 to begin commemorating the […]

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  • May

    4–5

    Living History Event: “For the Good of the King’s Service”

    In this exciting two-day living history event, experience peacetime garrison life in British North America on the eve of the Revolutionary War as Fort Ticonderoga begins REAL TIME REVOLUTION™! 250 years to the day, discover daily life for British soldiers and their families in 1774, with peacetime activities like gardening, shoemaking, tailoring, and boatbuilding. This […]

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  • May

    17

    Annual History Conference for Educators 

    This annual day-long conference immerses teachers in primary sources, material culture, and pedagogical techniques to help connect students to history. Presentations are by classroom teachers, museum staff, archivists, and academics.  With the approach of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, each session of this conference explores one of five themes:  Power of Place  Revolutionary […]

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  • May

    17–19

    Twenty-Eighth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War

    Fort Ticonderoga presents the Twenty-Eighth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War over three days, Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 2024. Since its beginning in 1996, the War College has become a top venue for historians on subjects related to the Seven Years’ War in North America and beyond, drawing speakers and participants from across North […]

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  • May

    25–26

    Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration

    Join Fort Ticonderoga to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the American Revolution. Fort Ticonderoga will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the American Revolution. Discover the story of the American Army in […]

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  • June

    9

    Virtual Author Series featuring Theodore Corbett

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Another revolution existed in the late 18th-century world, not the familiar movement for independence of the United States or even the French Revolution, but rather the effort for freedom from slavery, opposed by most in the thirteen British colonies […]

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  • July

    28

    Virtual Author Series featuring Steven Park

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Between the Boston Massacre in 1770 and the Boston Tea Party in 1773—a period historians refer to as “the lull”—a group of prominent Rhode Islanders rowed out to His Majesty’s schooner Gaspee,which had run aground six miles south of Providence […]

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  • August

    3

    The Annual King’s Garden Party

    Join us in the King’s Garden for the party of the summer featuring cocktails, live music, delicious bites, spirited best-of competition, Silent & Exclusive Experiences auctions…and elegance among the blooms. For tickets or more information please visit our event site, call 518-585-2821 or email info@fort-ticonderoga.org

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  • August

    11

    Virtual Author Series featuring Abby Chandler

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Seized with the Temper of the Times tells the story of the Stamp Act crisis and the Regulator Rebellion, two under examined political rebellions from the decade prior to the American Revolution. The questions about the intersecting roles of […]

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  • September

    20–22

    Twentieth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution 

    Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for papers broadly addressing the period of the War for American Independence with a focus on “The Power of Place” for its Twentieth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held September 20-22, 2024. Submissions are due October 31, 2023. See the Call for Papers link below. This annual premier […]

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  • October

    20

    Virtual Author Series featuring Michael E. Shay

    The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history. In The Whites of Their Eyes: The Life of Revolutionary War Hero Israel Putnam from Rogers’ Rangers to Bunker Hill, author Michael Shay recounts the life and times of Isreal Putnam, a larger-than-life general, a gregarious tavern keeper and […]

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