Must-see destination exposes guests of all ages to endless adventure
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. Fort Ticonderoga, a historic site, museum, and family destination that encourages visitors to build their perfect adventure in America’s most historic landscape, opens for the season beginning on Saturday, May 4.
This year, Fort Ticonderoga debuts a new chapter in its story. Explore the French Army’s defense against the British invasion, which climaxed in the epic Battle of Carillon in 1758 as both empires fight for control of North America. Thrill at the power of artillery and crackle of muskets through daily weapons demonstrations and explore programs, new exhibits, gardens, historic trades, and other family adventures across the 2000-acre scenic historic property. New special events and reenactments in 2019 make Ticonderoga a bucket-list American destination to explore history on a grand scale.
“Fort Ticonderoga is a must-see destination, a center of learning, and an interactive, multi-faceted experience,” said Beth Hill, president and CEO. “It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our signature events, marching with the Fifes and Drums, and learning about a historic trade. It’s a visit through the reconstructed fort, a stroll overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections.”
Daily programs bring to life monumental chapters of history and signature stories through new interactive programs and world-class museum exhibits, boat tours aboard the Carillon, living history events, special programs, lush gardens, Mount Defiance tours, hands-on family activities, hiking trails, and more.
2019 Highlights Include:
- The French Are Coming: The war for North America is raging between the French and British Empires. Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) is hotly contested. March with soldiers as they prepare for battle and explore the new exhibition 1758: Decision at Carillon.
- Carillon Boat Cruise: Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 75-minute narrated boat tour. Regional beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.
- New Interactive Family Program: In July and August, participate in an active NEW family program Voyage New France: A Family Adventure and help soldiers with their daily duties. Receive awards for completing the tasks. Take a guided tour designed especially for families.
- Lush Historic Gardens and Friendly Animals: Immerse your senses in the colors and scents of a unique American country estate and explore Ticonderoga’s story after the Revolution. Visit the King’s Garden or make memories with your family in a NEW garden designed especially for children. Discover our heritage breed animals including oxen Mick and Mack and Dominque chickens.
- Breathtaking Views: Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic historic landscape. Whether you hike up the mountain in the footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of America’s most historic landscape. Discover how this summit shaped America’s history during the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History,” offered daily at 4:00 p.m.
“In our continued quest for excellence in the historic destination experience, we are very proud to welcome more than 75,000 visitors each year – building family memories, fostering enjoyment in our site’s beauty, and inspiring visitors to discover the power of the past and its meaning to us today,” said Hill.
Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance are open daily from May 4 to October 31, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.). 2019 special events, programs and reenactments are presented throughout the year. General admission tickets and special event tickets are available online and can be found by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org. Tickets include two-consecutive day admissions. Enhancement experiences such as boat tours and evening programs are an additional charge.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photos: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga and Carl Heilman II.