Learning Some History at Fort Ticonderoga

Waking up morning of day three presented us with another beautiful day, which has been rare this summer.  We decided to take in another day of being tourists as well as add an educational activity.  We drove back to New York, this time heading for Fort Ticonderoga, to take in a little history.  I love deals and on this vacation I used the app Entertainment, it's $1.99 a month, but so worth it as long as you use it once a month.  There are a lot of buy one get one activities, which we used at Fort Ticonderoga saving us $23.  

I had visited the fort as a child and did not remember much about it.  It was fun to revisit as an adult with my daughter.  The grounds around the fort are beautiful and there is plenty to occupy a family for several hours.  We walked through the fort looking at the various exhibits.  We also took in a couple of their daily programs.  One was drummer and fifers explaining how they were used during war times to communicate during battle and a cannon firing demonstration, which my daughter said was her favorite. There were guided tours and other daily activities as well.  We strolled around the garden and made it through the corn maze. We spent about 3 hours at the fort and felt we got to see everything we wanted to see.

After leaving the fort we drove about 10 minutes to the top of Mount Defiance enjoying more history and beautiful views of the river valley.  

The next part of our day lead us towards the town of Lake George, New York for some fun.  The drive around Lake George was beautiful. The town of Lake George is a big tourist destination, with Main Street lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.  There are plenty of opportunities to check out the beautiful lake either by walking around the shore or taking one of the several boat rides.      

Once again I turned to Yelp to find a place for dinner.  Again my trusty pal did not steer me wrong. We found a small tap house and grill, 163 Tap Room, located right on the main street.  The beer list was extensive. My husband ordered a flight of beer, where he could sample five individual beers.  I ordered an organic raspberry beer, which was delicious and I am not a beer person.  I fell in love with the one, so much I took the bottle home. We ordered a local cheese plater as an appetizer, which was scrumptious.  Dinner was a burger for my husband and a salad with fresh local ingredients for me.  

After dinner we walked around the shops and checked out the lake.  Then we drove about 10 minutes south to Queensbury, past various outlets and shopping centers and two amusement parks, Great Escape  and Magic Forrest which is geared towards younger children.  We stopped at Pirate's Cove for a round of mini golf and next door was a go cart place, which my daughter loves so she did a couple rides there.  

We got back to the campground late, but were pleased with the adventures of the day.  

 Fort Ticonderoga 

Fort Ticonderoga 

 Fort Ticonderoga 

Fort Ticonderoga 

 Gardens at Fort Ticonderoga 

Gardens at Fort Ticonderoga 

 View from the top of Mount Defiance 

View from the top of Mount Defiance 

 Delicious Beer 

Delicious Beer