Hands-On Activities

Are you visiting with your family? We have a variety of hands-on activities that are engaging and offer memorable ways for your family discover Fort Ticonderoga's epic story! Take a special children's tour, roll up your sleeves in our beautiful King's Garden, and take part in one of our historic trades activities. See our suggested family itinerary for families to discover the adventures that await you at Fort Ticonderoga!

In the Fort
From polishing buttons to making shoes, there are plenty of activities in the fort for you to discover for yourself what it meant to be a soldier or sailor here at Ticonderoga in 1781! Help roll musket cartridges for the ammunition magazines or help join timbers together for soldiers' housing. Come work along these British soldiers and sailors to experience what life was like in 1781. Discover all the great hands-on opportunities for discover with our Family Program!

In the Exhibits
A visit to Ticonderoga is not completer without trying your hand in the Artillery Laboratory, located on the ground floor of the soldiers' barracks. Did you know that in the 18th century "laboratory" was the place where artillerymen prepared shells, fuses, and cartridges? Do you have what it takes to lift a cannon barrel? Can you bombard the enemy fortress? Stop by the Artillery Laboratory to find out! 

In the Garden
Join us in the King's Garden for our numerous activities geared towards all ages. Pet Mick and Mack, our friendly oxen in training; work alongside a British soldier in our 1781 soldiers' garden as he tends to vital vegetables and harvests food for his comrades; take part in one of our Hands-On Horticulture programs and explore techniques that will help you beautify your gardens at home! Whichever activity you choose, you are guaranteed to have fun while getting your hands dirty in one of the oldest cultivated lands in the country!