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Tips & FAQs

Take Your Time
Take Your Time
Allow at least one and half to two hours for your visit, plus some extra time to visit our Museum Store, which features a wide selection of books, gifts and 18th century inspired gifts.
Read the Signs
Read the Signs
The displays are filled with artifacts and historical facts that help bring the Fort’s story to life. Take the time to read the text that goes with each display.
Don’t forget to see George Washington’s saddle pistols, artifacts General Andrew Jackson called, “sacred and holy relics.”
Get in on the Action
Get in on the Action
Check the schedule for reenactments to see the artillery and battle reenactments that bring the Fort to life.
How much time should I allow to visit the Fort and Museum?

A typical visit lasts between 1½ to 2 hours. But you are welcome to explore as long as we are open.

Does the Fort stay open if it rains?

Yes! Fort Ligonier is a great rainy day activity! While we may have to close the Fort area during an extreme lightning storm, the Fort and Museum are fun places to explore on a rainy day.

Where should I park?

Fort Ligonier offers free on-site parking. If our parking lot is full, a metered (25 cents per half hour) lot is located adjacent to the Fort. Parking is also available along the side streets and throughout town. Handicapped accessible parking spaces are available close to the Museum entrance.

*Parking is not available at the Fort during the annual Fort Ligonier Days Weekend held each October. Visitors should follow signs for festival parking.

Is the Fort accessible to visitors who use a wheelchair?

Wheelchairs can be maneuvered on paved paths through both the Lower and Upper Fort. The Museum also has a wheelchair on site for guests use. While the historic buildings are not wheelchair accessible, visitors can see into most buildings from the doorways. Arrangements can be made for those guests who are unable to walk to the Upper Fort. The Museum and Center for History Education are both wheelchair accessible.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended as there is a moderate uphill walk to the Upper Fort. The Upper Fort can be cooler on chilly days due to its elevation (which provides an incredible view) and warm on hot, summer days due to limited shade. Be sure and take a bottle of water with you.

Can my dog come with me?

Yes. We understand that many visitors travel with their dogs. Leashed dogs are permitted in the Fort by passing through the Museum to access the grounds. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs and dogs are not permitted in the galleries, education center or other carpeted areas.

Where do I go if I’m hungry or thirsty?

You can fill your own water container at the education center fountain. The Get Go Convenience Store is located directly across the street from the historic site and museum entrance, and you are only a one-block walk from ice cream shops, coffee houses, bakeries, and a great selection of restaurants – many with outdoor dining options.

*There are a limited number of picnic tables adjacent to the parking lot for those families who prefer to relax and have a snack before visiting.

Where do I find an ATM?

Fort Ligonier accepts all major credit cards. There is an ATM located directly across the street at the Get Go Convenience Store and local banks are a short walk away.

Am I allowed to take photos?

Yes, please do not use a flash in the museum. Please post your photos on Social Media with #SiegeTheDay.