Fort William Henry Museum
Fort William Henry, near Lake George, was originally built in 1755, at the start of the French and Indian War. Learn about this multi-nation conflict (sometimes considered the true first world war) by spending a day at this historic attraction, enjoying talks by historians, and seeing an 18th century military demonstration. Kids can also dress as soldiers and learn about muskets and old military commands.
Though you can buy same-day tickets, it's best to pre-book discounted admission to this museum to avoid lines. To make the most of your time in Lake George, pair a visit to the museum with a sightseeing cruise and enjoy Adirondack Mountain views and optional on-board dining.
Things to Know Before You Go
Military history enthusiasts shouldn't miss a visit to Fort William Henry.
Military demonstrations are offered several times every day.
Families get a great value with the Family Fun Pass, which typically includes admission for two adults—and up to five kids—at a significant discount.
Children and seniors receive discounted admission.
How to Get There
The Fort William Henry Museum is just south of Lake George Village, conveniently located off of Route 9, at 48 Canada Street. The best way to reach the museum is by car. Take Interstate 87 to Exit 21; the fort will be just ahead, on the north side of the road. Park behind Village Blacksmith Steakhouse.
When to Get There
The Fort William Henry Museum is open daily. To make the most of your visit, plan to stop by in spring, summer, or fall, as winter in Lake George tends to be windy and cold. History enthusiasts shouldn't miss the talks and demonstrations offered in July and August.
Where to Find Ghosts in the Fort
Visitors looking for a spooky twist on the typical fort tour shouldn't miss Fort William Henry’s ghost tour, offered from May through October. A guide will tell you the fort's ghost stories, teach you about the area's numerous battles, and show you the tools used by paranormal investigators. Call ahead to reserve a spot on these limited tours.