Combining puzzle-solving and testing knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine and over two miles of winding trails, Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! will be open beginning August 14. Visitors are invited to test their navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s new six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden.
Fort Ticonderoga's maze, with a new 2015 design featuring the shape of Fort Ticonderoga and the year 1756, is divided into two phases, so that guests have the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze. The average journey will take from twenty minutes for the first phase and up to an hour for the second phase. Hidden in the maze are eight stations, each representing a component of an 18th-century fort. Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each station. It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects. Great fun for all ages!
Fort Ticonderoga’s youngest guests will have a chance to explore the Heroic Maze in the Kiddie Maze. A short maze designed for our youngest visitors is a fun introduction to corn mazes. This maze has twists and turns but no dead ends. Recommended for children up to age four with adult supervision.
The Heroic Maze is included in Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open daily August 14 through August 31, and weekends September 5 through October 18. The maze will also be open on Labor Day September 7 and Columbus Day October 12. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/corn-maze for corn maze details or call 518-585-2821.
Experience the Maze at night! Maze by Moonlight
Explore the 6-acre corn maze using your flashlight as a guide and under the light of the full moon. The mysteries of the night surround you as you search for hidden stations in the maze to complete our “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest! Maze by Moonlight event dates are Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. The cost is $10 per person; tickets are available at the door. The admissions booth and the corn maze open at 7 pm; last ticket sold at 9 pm, maze closes at 10 pm.
School field trip groups, and other group tours will have the fun opportunity to learn about Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic story while building teamwork skills as part of this interactive, interdisciplinary quest. In September and October, the Heroic Maze will be open for group visits on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am until 2 pm. Registration is required.
Fort Ticonderoga developed the Heroic Maze with a professional maze design company from Utah that used computer technology to translate intricate designs onto the landscape, creating a fun and exciting quest.
The agricultural history at Fort Ticonderoga dates to 1756 when the French built the Garrison Gardens below the walls of the Fort. The agricultural story continues today with nearly 40% of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape in agricultural use. In addition, a strong horticulture program brings the use of landscape to life in the formal Colonial Revival Garden, working Garrison Garden, and other Discovery Gardens.
The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! is funded in part by generous support from McDonalds of Ticonderoga and Amtrak.
About Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort TM
The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which serves its mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. It serves this mission by preserving and enhancing its historic structures, collections, gardens and landscapes; and educating the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga. Welcoming visitors since 1909, it preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in America. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year, and annually reaches more than 5,000 people in outreach programs. Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through November. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Association of Museums and pursues its vision to be the premier cultural destination in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.
Photo: Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze Adventure Opens August 14. Photo of an aerial view of the 2014 corn maze design.