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 to reserve your spot today! 

NEW! The Gossip Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
Go beyond the battles to get real story of life at Ticonderoga. 
Scandals, peccadillos, 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.

July 11, 18, 25 
August 1, 8, 15

Time & Location:
Gates open at 6:30 pm. Tour begins at 7:00 pm at the Log House Welcome Center. 

Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Champlain
Be our guest for a sunset cruise aboard the 60-foot Carillon tour boat. Enjoy the stunning scenery of a summer evening on Lake Champlain as you savor the natural beauty of the Adirondack and Green mountains. The 90-minute narrated tour brings to life Ticonderoga's epic history and underwater discoveries. 

June 16, 23, 30 
July 7, 14, 21, 28 
August 4, 11, 18**, 25**
September 1**

Time & Location: Boarding begins at 6:00 pm. Boat departs at 6:30 pm at the boat dock near the Pavilion. 
**Boarding begins at 5:30 pm. Boat departs at 6:00 pm at the boat dock near the Pavilion. 

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 a dramatic nighttime demonstrations of weapons that you will not see anywhere else! 

July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23

Gates open at 7:30 pm. Program begins at 8:00 pm at the Log House Welcome Center. 

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 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! This program will explore how these weapons were produced by the thousands through a careful exploration of the evidence left on original examples. 

June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15 

Time & Location: 
Program begins at 2:30 pm in the Mars Education Center Atrium. 

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 for the tours:

  • Your credit card receipt acts as your reservation/ticket(s) and will be held until the evening/day of your tour. Unless otherwise noted, these tours will start in the main parking lot of the Log House Welcome Center, which is one mile beyond the Fort's 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.
  • All sales are final, no exchanges and no refunds.
  • These events are rain or shine.

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