- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Nicknamed the "Key to the Continent," Fort Ticonderoga sits on Lake Champlain and was a strategic focal point during the Revolutionary War and the French and Indian War. After a careful restoration project in the 18th century, Fort Ticonderoga was reopened as a living museum featuring everything from barracks to kitchens to cannons.
Today it's an official national landmark, hosting daily tours and demonstrations as well as battle reenactments. The staff, which dresses in period garb, is a well-received addition as one Virtual Tourist user writes: "If you ask, the period-costumed staff will help you with all your questions or pose with you for a photograph. They help make this splendid fort authentic by the living addition of quartermasters and militiamen."
A 30-minute drive south of Lake Placid, Fort Ticonderoga is open every day between May 20 and October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Admission starts at $15 and includes all tours and demonstration activities. Check the fort's website for a schedule of activities and events.