Fort Ticonderoga launches exciting new opportunities for families visiting the site in July and August. The Family Guided Tour at 10:40 am and 1:40 pm will lead you through the fort grounds and provide an overview for all of the exciting things to do during a visit. In addition to the tour, Fort Ticonderoga’s on-going Gunner’s Apprentice program gives families a chance to work together to complete tasks as they explore Fort Ticonderoga. The interactions will inspire creativity and make history come alive!
Utilizing Fort Ticonderoga’s historic trades and engaging exhibitions, the Gunner’s Apprentice program gives children a hands-on, immersive opportunity to learn about daily life for soldiers in 1781 and the science of artillery. Children and adults alike will be able to handle reproduction clothing, period textiles, and leathers. Participants can learn how soldiers cleaned and maintained their 18th-century weapons, make their own musket cartridge, try out the simple machines used to move and fire massive cannons, and so much more!
This program offers children a unique opportunity to work closely with our talented historic trades staff. Spending time with our artificers, working side by side with them, and learning how to work with the materials is an experience that will have a lasting impact on everyone involved! Families will have the opportunity to join together to see what it was like to be a soldier in New France, and take home tangible memories of the experience.
The Family Guided Tours and Gunner’s Apprentice program are just two ways for families to make the most out of a visit to Fort Ticonderoga. Take a family hike on the Carillon Battlefield Trail or pick up a Fort Ticonderoga Suggested Family Itinerary at Guest Services and decide together where you would like to begin and end your journey inside or outside the walls of Fort Ticonderoga! Your adventure awaits!