Fort Ticonderoga

#3 in Best Things To Do in Adirondacks
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100 Fort Ti Road

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Monuments and Memorials, Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Nicknamed the "Key to the Continent" in the 18th century, Fort Ticonderoga sits on Lake Champlain and once served as a strategic focal point during the Revolutionary War and the French and Indian War. After a careful restoration project in the 20th century, Fort Ticonderoga was reopened as a living museum, featuring everything from barracks and kitchens to cannons and an immaculately maintained garden.

Today, the fort is an official national landmark, hosting daily tours and demonstrations as well as battle reenactments. Recent visitors especially appreciated Fort Ticonderoga's historical atmosphere, noting that the reenactors and live demonstrations made it easy to visualize what it was like to be a soldier at the fort.

A 58-mile drive southeast of Lake Placid, Fort Ticonderoga is only open between May 7 and Oct. 30, so plan your visit during the warmer months. From May 7 to Oct. 16, the fort is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but from Oct. 17 to the end of the month, the landmark opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. General admission costs $10, $20.50 or $22 depending on the day, although two-day tickets are also available for $30.75 per person. Children 4 and younger can enter free of charge, while older children and seniors receive discounted rates. All tickets include complimentary access to tours and demonstration activities, as well as parking. A cafe, hiking trails, a museum gift shop and several picnic areas are also located on-site. For more information about seasonal activities and events and other property features, check out the fort's website.

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Located just 9 miles northwest of the bustling tourist town of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake is the perfect escape from the high prices that accompany Lake Placid's Olympics attractions. Filled with shops, hotels and local diners, Saranac Lake is considered one of the most idyllic villages in upstate New York.

Recent travelers characterized the area as a lesser-known gem of the Adirondacks. Whether you visit when the leaves are changing, in February for winter carnival or once the snow has melted, Saranac Lake offers plenty of stunning scenery without hoards of tourists. Canoeing, hiking and kayaking are especially popular here.

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