Check back in May 2017
Self-guided activities: Explore the island. Visit Castle Williams, Fort Jay, and Dock 102 - There are exhibits. Pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet at the Castle Williams gift shop and bookstore and complete it for a badge.
Annual events: Opening Weekend (usually Memorial Day weekend at the end of May) and Civil War Weekend (usually the second weekend of August) include living history and historic weapons demonstrations. Check our Calendar a few days before for details.
DESCRIPTIONS OF PROGRAMS OFFERED:
Ye Olde Ball & Chain Gift Shop and Bookstore
Located in Castle Williams.
Going Around Castle Williams
About 30 minutes. Tour the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. We might talk about prisoners or big cannons or architecture. Tickets for Castle Williams roof tours are available one hour before each tour begins, and may be picked up inside the Castle - they are free. More information
Fort Jay: Eagles, Townhouses and Big Guns
About 30 minutes. Meet at the Fort Jay bridge. Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of a classic star-shaped fort anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island and the eagle sculpture that sits atop. We might talk about that eagle from 1796 or spies or big cannons or what it was like for a kid to grow up in a fort in the 1970s.
The Big Walk Around the Island
About 90 minutes. Meet the ranger at the top of the hill from Soissons Landing. See the whole history of the island in one go. This ranger programs takes you to most of the older buildings on the island. We will tell you the back stories on some of them. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.