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“Beautiful Gardens and Fort”
Review of Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga
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Owner description: A popular attraction, built by the French in 1755, that has been restored to its original condition.
North Palm Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
237 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Beautiful Gardens and Fort”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

My husband and I were amazed by many things at this attraction. First, getting to the Fort was not well marked. Second, we learned that the Fort was maintained through State Grants, Federal Grants and the Pell Family, it was not a National Park. The Fort was in very good condition, but it was obvious that funding was an issue. There was a well stocked book store, nice gift shop and a small restaurant at the entrance to the Fort. You were free to walk around the Fort where the views of the Hudson River are beautiful. On your walk, take the time to go down to the Pell Family home and "Kings Gardens", it is beautiful. The garden is such a treat but the house is in serious disrepair; however, you can see the house was quite the place during its time as a hotel. You could also see where the horse carriages would pull up in front of the house and the step is actually still there. When we visited, a Fife and Drum group were playing and there were several demonstrations. Plenty of opportunities for people to learn a lot about the Fort and the time period in which it was used and how important the Fort was in United States History.

Visited July 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Rich History and Spectacular Views”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

Our trip to Fort Ticonderoga was a daytrip from Lake George Village. We took scenic 9n through the mountains and arrived in the town of Ticonderoga. We stopped into the visitor's center/museum and got information from a very helpful woman. While there, we decided to stop and take a look at the small museum. My kids were thrilled to learn about Ticonderoga pencils and take photos with the oversized replica Ticonderogas.

We headed up to the fort and were immediately awed by the views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Inside the fort was a tremendous collection of artifacts from both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In the Mars Education Center our children tried on period clothing and completed several arts and crafts projects. We were able to enter the soldiers' barracks to see how they lived and worked. The sound of fifes and drums could be heard often, which really made us feel like we were transported back in time. Don't miss the firing demonstration. The docent was highly engaging and knowledgeable. Kids will get a kick out of seening how soldiers loaded and fired their rifles. Hold your ears! It gets loud!

Fort Ticonderoga is not to be missed. You'll have a terrific time.

Visited July 2011
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Columbus, Ohio
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190 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“History in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 2, 2011

Our family (wife, boys 8-10, and me) came to the fort on a beautiful July morning. It's important to keep in mind this is privately funded and not an NPS site. Most programs start at 10. There are only three guided tours during the day (10, 1, and ?). We missed the first one and opted not to stay for the next; the fort tells the story sufficiently and I don't feel like we missed anything.

I would start the day in the education wing of the fort; it's the big building inside the fort on the far side opposite the entrance; they have a video playing upstairs that give the history of the fort (it probably would have helped my family understand a bit more since you're dealing with two wars). Ask them about it when you get your tickets.

The fort otherwise is self guided. There are plenty of well made displays that sufficiently and succinctly tells the story (not a lot of redundancy except for a lot of swords and firearms which you can breeze through). There are a lot of cannons to see (technically cannons, howitzers, and mortars). There are buildings to go in and look at displays and reenactors giving presentations (I liked the musket demonstration and flag raising). We did the fort in about 3 hours (skipped the gardens and some demonstrations). I don't read every display but I did most. You could spend the whole day here or a couple hours. We spent a lot of our time trying to get the kids to get the perfect pose for pictures ha ha. The gift shop is big. Tip-I bought an Entertainment Book for Albany in March when they were on sale for $15 and it included a complimentary ticket for one purchased (also one for Fort William Henry in Lake George so it easily paid for itself).

For those that are not history buffs you'll enjoy the views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding Green and Adirondack mountains; it's beautiful.

After we left the park we had lunch and then drove up Mount Defiance (you can see the flagpole from the fort). It was difficult to find because there aren't a lot signs. It wasn't in our GPS. The longitude/latitude is N 43 degrees 49.916 and W 73 degrees 24.305 if you plug that into your GPS. The view is worth it. You may want to get the exact location from google maps also.

Visited July 2011
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Virginia
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great place! If you go....”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

...you must drive up to Mount Defiance and you must hike the trails of Mount Independence to really understand the geography and the history.

Visited July 2011
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Brattleboro, Vermont
Level 3 Contributor
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Haunting Fort Ticonderoga Ghost Tour”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

We went on the Fort Ticonderoga ghost tour on a foggy, moonlit night last summer. A wild hare skittered across our path as we walked past the cannons that looked out over the lake. It was the perfect night for a ghost tour.

The man who led the tour was quite honest about the fact that he didn’t believe in ghosts, but didn’t know what to make of the footsteps he’d recently heard overhead when he was alone in the barracks. He said there were many staff members and volunteers at the fort who have had strange experiences. His tour featured their stories, as well as some of the findings from the Ghost Hunters visit.

Fort Ticonderoga is a cool place to visit. The staff and volunteers know their history, and are more than happy to share their experiences with you. Many of them firmly believe there is some kind of paranormal activity going on at the fort. I didn’t experience anything myself, but I enjoyed the place.

Visited August 2010
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