Daily Programs

 

ONE Destination, Endless Adventures!

Experience the blend of history and natural beauty like nowhere else when you visit Fort Ticonderoga! Every day is an event and every year is a new experience. New in 2018, discover the British campaign to control Lake Champlain in 1781. Explore this story and Ticonderoga's many other epic chapters through new programs, guided tours, live weapon demonstrations, exhibits, gardens, daily boat tours, soldiers' life programs, Mount Defiance, hands-on family activities, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, and more! 
 
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Campaign of 1781: May 5 - October 31, 2018
Open daily 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm)
Buy One Day Admission, Visit the Next Day free! 
Tickets are for ticket-holders only and are non-transferable


Tours & Demonstrations

Key to the Continent Guided Tour
Daily 10:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:00 pm (Begins at American Flag)

In this entertaining half-hour tour, discover the incredible story of Ticonderoga and all the great experiences Fort Ticonderoga offers today. Learn about the iconic battles of Ticonderoga within the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Explore groundbreaking preservation and reconstruction efforts that allow Fort Ticonderoga to bring to life its heroic tales today and for generations to come.

Family Guided Tour
Daily July-August at 10:40 am and 1:40 pm (Begins at American Flag)

Enjoy a fun, interactive overview of Ticonderoga's history. Explore all the armies that made Fort Ticonderoga their home including French, British, or American. Learn about the imposing fort’s design and get the in-side scoop on all the great hands-on opportunities that make for a memorable visit for the whole family! Click here for a suggested Family Itinerary. 

Musket Firing Demonstration
Daily 11:00 am (Demonstration Area)

In close engagements on water and land, British sailors and soldiers could fire a rain of bullets. Discover how both services of Royal Navy sailors and British soldiers mastered the use of the musket to defend boats and fortifications.

Carillon Boat Tours on Lake Champlain
Tuesday-Sunday June 23-Aug. 19 at 10:30am, 1:00pm, & 3:30pm 
Tuesday-Sunday Aug. 22-Oct. 14: 1:00 pm & 3:30pm 

Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont's Green Mountains and New York's Adirondack Mountains during a 90-minute narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon. Let our friendly and experienced staff be your guide to Lake Champlain's centuries of stirring maritime heritage with panoramic vistas around you and a sonar view of shipwrecks below. Embark on this unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages! Cash bar available! Combination boat/general admission tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 518-585-2821 or on-site. Additional ticket and purchase required. Some black-out dates apply, including most Monday's.  

Fort Ticonderoga Guided Museum Tour
Daily 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Parade Ground)

More than a century of collecting has allowed Fort Ticonderoga to acquire North America’s largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. This guided tour will give you the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.

Breaking Ground: A Guided Tour of the Historic Gardens 
Daily July-August 11:45 am and 2:45 pm (Begins in King's Garden)
Daily September-October 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Begins at American Flag)

From military garrison gardens to a vibrant colonial revival garden, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in North America. Discover the incredible story of America's first historic preservation effort, and the family home and gardens emblematic of this legacy. 

Fife & Drum Corps
Periodic Performances Daily June 27-August 28 (various locations)

Listen to stirring tunes that eased the drudgery of a long march, or the many calls that regulated activity in the fort. Explore how drumbeats, trilling fifes, and songs created an 18th-century world of military music. 

Cannon Firing Demonstration
Daily 2:00 pm (Demonstration Area)

Royal Navy sailors were both masters of the sail and masters of the great guns. Witness how sailors brought naval gunnery skills from ships onto land at Ticonderoga. Experience the meticulous procedure designed for loading and firing cannons safe on sea and land. 

Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour
Daily at 4:00 pm (Begins at the top of Mount Defiance)

Get a birds-eye view of America’s most historic landscape and waterway! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1781, join this tour and imagine a sea of canvas tents on land and sails on Lake Champlain. Discover the sweeping saga of Ticonderoga surrounded by the stunning scenery between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains. 

Soldiers' Life Programs

In these immersive, engaging, on-going demonstrations, explore the lives of British soldiers and sailors at Ticonderoga in 1781. Don't miss the chance to discover daily skills as diverse as keeping fleets afloat to soldiers staying fed and everything in between. 

Soldiers’ Dinner
'Ships biscuit,' wasn't just for sailors in 1781. See how the challenges of feeding sailors on the high seas and soldiers on the march converged at Ticonderoga. In these daily hands-on demonstrations, explore how kettles of dry or salted rations were cooked into meals, whether in an army camp kitchen or a ship's galley. 

Musket Maintenance
Guns, great and small, required daily care to keep working. Watch as boiling water, oil, and brick dust keep muskets shiny, clean, and most importantly, ready to fire. 

Tailoring
Do you wonder what makes redcoats red or why sailors had blue jackets? Discover the language of clothing in 1781 and how different uniforms were adapted for different jobs in the British army and navy. Explore the stitches and materials used to make everything from shirts to ship's sails. 

Shoemaking
With every soldier issued two pairs of shoes and two pairs of leather shoe soles donated by the King of England himself, explore how issues of economics and supply stitched together protect soldiers feet. See shoemakers among the ranks of soldiers repair their comrades' shoes in a campaign that tried men's souls. 

Carpentry
In 1781, the buildings in and around Fort Ticonderoga were just ruins. British soldiers and sailors trained in framing and finishing wooden buildings were tasked at rebuilding barracks and storehouses. Watch as chisels, saws, and axes make perfect mortise and tennon cuts to rebuild structures. 
 
Farming
Whether hauling logs, dragging cannon, or plowing fields, cattle and their teamster supplied the heavy pulling power at Ticonderoga. Discover the agility and strength of trained cattle carefully controlled by teamsters. Learn how hundreds of cattle were employed to rebuild Ticonderoga in 1781. 

Soldiers’ Gardening 

Experience the History at Fort Ticonderoga:
Living History and Historic Trades at the Fort
Attend Special Events and Re-enactments
See the Museum Collections at Fort Ticonderoga