Day Trip to Ticonderoga

While in Lake George take a day to visit Ticonderoga! Drive up the west side of Lake George to visit the Ticonderoga region. The area is filled with history and recreational opportunities. You’ll also find it’s a bit quieter than at the lake’s southern basin. Outlined below are some great places to check out while in Ticonderoga.

Ticonderoga is best known for Fort Ticonderoga, a massive 18th-century fort built by the French. Today it’s a museum that offers live demonstrations and reenactments, a seasonal corn maze, and a historic garden worth writing home about. Take time to explore the largest 18th-century artillery collection in North America that lines the fort’s outer walls. Catch a tour to get an overview of Fort Ticonderoga’s history as well as the “must-see” suggestions from the museum staff. They also have a musket demonstration. Take some time to walk around the beautiful grounds surrounding the gardens, and be sure to take photos of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont!  

Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape! You can get up to the top either by car or walking. The picnic pavilion located at the mountain top is the perfect spot to relax. The “Mount Defiance: Witness to History” Tour is offered each day at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for this experience is included with general admission to Fort Ticonderoga.

There is also plenty of outdoor recreational fun in the area. Head out on the water with the Fort Ti Cable Ferry, connect with nature on the LaChute River Walk Trail (a 3 mile, easy trail), and bring the children to Bicentennial Park, where there’s a playground, a covered bridge, a waterfall, a walking path, and plenty of space to soak in the sights.

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening aboard the Carillon with a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain. Begin your cruise with a glass of Colonial-inspired punch to set the mood, and then let stories of armed schooners to prohibition-era rum runners fire your imagination during your trip on Lake Champlain in this 1920s-style vessel. Revel in the natural beauty of this lake set between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, a perfect way to end your day in the region.

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