Behind the Scenes & Special Tours

Fort Ticonderoga's programs allow guests to enrich their experience through specialized tours and demonstrations focusing on unique parts of Fort Ticonderoga's history. Led by engaging historians, these programs illuminate the site's history in a way that builds curiosity and understanding of the past. All programs are rain or shine and require advanced reservations. All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. Call 518-585-2821 during weekdays to check availability and make reservations. If you are booking on the weekend, call 518-585-2650 to make reservations. 

2019 Dates of Availability: 

Ticonderoga Guns by Night
Experience the flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night in this unique 90-minute tour and demonstration of 18th-century guns, big and small! Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannon that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga that influenced and shaped the importance of this strategic citadel. Learn how these great guns were used to attack and defend the fort during the French & Indian War and made it such an important prize in the American Revolution. The tour concludes with dramatic nighttime demonstrations of weapons that you will not see anywhere else! 
July 4, 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15, 22

Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Champlain
Enjoy a relaxing summer evening aboard the Carillon tour boat. Let stories of armed schooners to Prohibition-era rum runners fire your imagination during your trip on Lake Champlain in this 1920s-style vessel. Toast to the King's health with a complimentary cocktail of soldiers' rum punch as you discover the anchorage of the British fleet. Revel in the natural beauty between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and signature cocktails, featuring Stonecutters Spirits are available for purchase! 
6:30 pm June 22, 29 & July 6, 13, 20, 27 & August 3, 10, 17 
6:00 pm August 24, 31 

Stay Tuned for 2019 Dates of Availability: 

The Gossip Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
Go beyond the battles to get the real story of life at Ticonderoga. Scandals, peccadilloes, and controversies dominated the lives of the men and women stationed at Ticonderoga between the battles and war from 1755 to 1781. From unsolved crimes to stolen wives, join Curator Matthew Keagle for a walking tour of this untold history.
This tour involves stairs and moderate walking around Fort Ticonderoga and is not for young audiences.

Beyond Bullets & Blades
How heavy is an original 18th-century musket? How did the design of weapons change over the 18th century? How did the Brown Bess Musket pave the way for the modern industry? Get the answers to these and more questions with the Curatorial staff of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum in this special behind-the-scenes program. After you receive training in handling artifacts, museum experts will oversee the examination of original weapons from Fort Ticonderoga's collection and explain the systems used to produce the firearms that won and defended the British Empire. Learn more than just how they worked! Through a careful examination of the evidence left on original examples, this program will explore how these weapons were produced by the thousands. 

VIP Tours

Looking for a unique, up-close-and-personal experience at Fort Ticonderoga? Want to don gloves and examine artifacts from our collection with our Curator of Collections? Do you appreciate personal tours with experts in their fields? Then one of Fort Ticonderoga’s VIP tours is for you! 

What you need to know about the tours:

  • All sales are final, no exchanges and no refunds.
  • These events are rain or shine.
  • One your credit card has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will act as your ticket, so please print or display the email on a mobile device upon arrival.
  • Unless otherwise noted, these tours will start in the main parking lot of the Log House Welcome Center, which is one mile beyond the entrance.
  • Directions to Fort Ticonderoga.
  • Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Remember that it will be dark out during evening programs and you will be outdoors, going up and down stairs and over some rough terrain. Flashlights are permitted if you would like to bring one.
  • These tours are not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.
  • For the comfort and safety of everyone on the tour, we request that you do not take flash photos, video, or audio record the tour.

For More Information and Reservations Call (518) 585-2821.
See the events calendar for a full list of Fort Ticonderoga's events.