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“Kids will love it, even if they aren't into history”
Review of Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Ticonderoga
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Owner description: A popular attraction, built by the French in 1755, that has been restored to its original condition.
Reviewed September 8, 2011

We visited on a beautiful day in August. Expect it to be windy when you go. The kids were mesmerized by the musket demonstration and how entertaining and informative the guide was. Immediately after that, the fife and drum group marched past and we followed them. It was a big plus that there was no down time between demonstration events -- no time for teenagers to get bored. The talk on the soldiers' rations was also great. The museum deceptively large -- three floors of stuff to see. Also, there was a teacher conference going on in the remodeled wing when we visited. The onsite restaurant was general fast food, but at least it wasn't too expensive. Overall, we were very pleased to visit. The biggest negative was that the entrance admission was pricey, but at least they give you a AAA discount.

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Reviewed September 5, 2011

don't waste your time on the corn maze. took grandchildren to the corn maze which was so thin and not grown in and so low that one could see everyone else including little kids - charging a fee for that maze was tantamount to theft so just chaulked it up as a contibution.

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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Our party of four enjoyed our visit. Fife and drum corp kept the youngest entertained as did the art center. The older enjoyed learning about the history of the fort and significant engagements in Seven Year's war and American Revolution. The Fort has been lovingly recreated and new art / exhibition center added extra time and enjoyment to the visit. It was raining the afternoon of our visit so we didn't see the kings gardens but will make the trip again.

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Reviewed August 16, 2011

enjoyed this beautiful day, from boarding the ferry to arriving at the Fort. walking the grounds and imagining the soldiers there firing the cannons was amazing. The young people in period costume playing the fife and drum and another young man talking about the clothing that the men wore, was so interesting. The Kings gardens was breathtaking. It's a shame that the Pell house is in such disrepair. I hope the next time I go back, that it will have been restored.

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Reviewed August 10, 2011

We went here the last week in July. Two in our group are history buffs and 2 are garden lovers. All were happy with the trip. The Fort Ticonderoga tour guide was extremely knowledgeable - I suspected he was a university history professor! After his talk, he didn't just leave us, but went to work under an open air tent, still in costume as though he was living "back in the day", available for more questions. Much but not all of the fort is available to walk through. A couple of stone areas are still being worked on.

A fife and drum team did a flag raising and musically led interested visitors down a path to the King's Garden- about 25 minutes. They also played for people randomly, and were VERY patient for photos. Other re-enactors on the grounds did various period-oriented tasks.

On the property is a walled-in King's Garden (with the floral garden so gorgeously near peak bloom!) Here, there were working gardeners who could engage in talk about specific plants, knowing specific botanical names, methods of weed & pest control, etc. There was a second beautifully tended and well-designed vegetable/floral garden with species name plaques. Great ideas for color, design, companion plantings. A garden tour guide here was also quite knowledgeable, and this talk was about 20 minutes, after which people could meander as long as they wanted. These areas are quite well maintained and staffed.

Sadly, a private residence is off limits. It is in serious disrepair now, though it must have been exceptional in it's heyday. It was also once a hotel that catered to Southern clientele who came up to escape the heat. You can still walk the grounds, sit in a classical gazebo, and imagine it in its splendor along the lake.

On the fort grounds there is a dining room for meals, a large gift shop, and clean bathroom facilities located on a lower floor - down a wide set of stairs. There is no touristy hokiness (sp?) here. We all gave kudos to the administration. They provide visitors with a solid value. Highly recommended.

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