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. Reservations can be made by selecting the tab of the program you are interested in. 

Ticonderoga Guns by Night
Begins at the Log House Welcome Center 
8:00 pm (gates open at 7:30 pm)
July 4, 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15, 22
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! $35/person. 

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Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Champlain
Departs from the Carillon boat dock located near the Pavilion & King's Garden
6:30 pm June 22, 29 & July 6, 13, 27 & August 3, 10
6:00 pm August 17, 24, 31

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! $35/person. 

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The Gossip Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
Begins at the Log House Welcome Center 
7:00 pm (Gates open at 6:30 pm)
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14

Go beyond the battles to get the real story of life at Ticonderoga. From high crimes to petty bickering,  serving at Ticonderoga was full of drama. Drunken soldiers, stolen wives, unsolved crimes, and attempted murder were sprinkled through the experiences of the men and women stationed at Ticonderoga from 1755 to 1781. Join Curator Matthew Keagle for a walking tour of this often unglamorous, certainly untold, but very juicy history. This tour involves stairs and moderate walking around Fort Ticonderoga and is not for young audiences. $35/person. 

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Beyond Bullets & Blades
Begins in the Mars Education Center Atrium 
2:30 pm 

June 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 31
August 7, 14

How heavy is an original 18th-century musket? How did the design of weapons change over the 18th century? How did the French arms industry invent the modern world? 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 defended the French empire and lead to the Industrial Revolution. 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 and their lasting impact on the world. $35/person. 

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VIP Tours
A once-in-a lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes with experts in their fields. Your group of four or less spends a morning exploring the collections and the historic landscape based on one of three available themes.

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More information about behind the scenes and special tours: 

  • Once your credit card has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will act as your ticket. Print or display the email on a mobile device upon arrival 
  • 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 call (518) 585-2821 or email

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