Star Trek Original Series Set Tour Review: A Trekkie in the Making?

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour offers fans a one-of-a-kind chance to dive headfirst into the immersive world of the original “Star Trek” series, bringing the show’s enchantment to life in an exciting way.

It’s become a must-see spot for dedicated Trekkies and sci-fi aficionados who yearn to relive the exploits of Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the entire USS Enterprise crew.

But what’s the real deal with this set tour, and is it worth the journey, especially if it involves a lengthy road trip to Upstate New York?

Here, I’ll provide you with an in-depth account of my recent visit to the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, giving you all the scoop you need to decide if it’s a worthwhile adventure.

What is the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour?

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour is a popular tourist attraction located in Ticonderoga, New York. It is a painstakingly detailed recreation of the original sets used in the filming of the iconic 1960s television series, “Star Trek: The Original Series.”

The tour allows fans of the show to step onto the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and explore various iconic locations from the series, including the bridge, engineering, sickbay, and the transporter room.

The sets were meticulously designed using original blueprints and thousands of photos to resemble the ones seen on the television show, and they include authentic props, costumes, and interactive displays.

Visitors can take guided tours led by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the making of the series, share behind-the-scenes stories, and offer interesting trivia about the show and its cast.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

Where is the the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour?

The only real gripe that some folks might have about the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour is its somewhat out-of-the-way location. You’ll discover it nestled in Ticonderoga, New York, about 5.5 hours away from New York City.

Of course, you may have heard of Ticonderoga before as it is home to the historic Fort Ticonderoga so this town might already be on your radar.

The venue itself sits smack dab in the heart of downtown Ticonderoga, and they’ve got a decent-sized parking lot reserved for visitors (and parking is free).

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Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

Booking the the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

You can purchase tickets whenever you arrive or book them online.

Here are the different prices broken down as the amount you pay can differ based on your personal situation. Keep in mind these were the prices whenever we visited in the fall of 2023 and they could be subject to change.

  • Adult (Ages 14-54): $23.00
  • Senior (Age 55+): $21.00
  • Child (Ages 5-13): $12.00
  • Child (Under Age 5): Free (No ticket required)
  • Military, Police, Fire (Active or Retired with ID): $21.00
  • Family: 2 Adults, 2 children (Ages 5-13) – Special price: $65.00
  • Family: 2 Adults, 4 children (Ages 5-13) – Special price: $90.00

When it comes to bang for your buck, I’d say the price of the tour is quite reasonable given the value of the experience.

Plus, they sweeten the deal by offering an upgraded option to enlist a personal photographer who can capture some top-notch shots for you in the various rooms. It’s a surefire way to snag some professional-quality photographs that’ll make your visit even more memorable.

Now, if you’re not keen on that route, you can always have your guide snap a few photos for you using your phone. But of course those smartphone snapshots might not quite reach the same level of photographic awesomeness you’d get from a dedicated photographer.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour bridge

My experience at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

I’ll start by confessing that I’ve never really been a Star Trek enthusiast.

It’s not that I had any real aversion to it, but I never took the time to dive into the series or its movies.

I guess you could say I leaned more toward the Star Wars camp, and I might’ve harbored a notion that Star Trek was a bit too “nerdy” for my taste – a sentiment that many can probably relate to.

That being said, when I stumbled upon the news of an impeccably reconstructed Star Trek Original Series set, my curiosity got the best of me.

There’s something undeniably fascinating about touring movie sets, whether they’re original or faithful recreations. The sheer amount of craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into these creations is a spectacle in itself and definitely worth experiencing.

Given my inherent love for all things related to space, I couldn’t help but think that a visit to the “Desilu Studio” might just ignite a newfound interest in Star Trek – which, I must say, it certainly did!

Now, let’s dive into the actual tour, which lasts about one hour.

I swung by in the middle of a week during the fall, so I reckon it wasn’t peak season. Upon arrival, I expressed my desire to embark on a tour, and they promptly informed me that one would kick off in just a couple of minutes.

While I waited, I decided to explore the gift shop area, which was a treasure trove of fascinating souvenirs and a trove of memorabilia well worth perusing. Oh, and you can’t possibly miss the imposing USS Enterprise suspended from the ceiling – it’s quite the sight to behold.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour lobby

At first, it seemed like I might have the privilege of a private tour guide all to myself, but just before we embarked, a couple joined in. Initially, I admit I was a tad disappointed not to have that one-on-one experience, but as it turned out, having them on the tour enhanced the whole experience.

It happened that one of them was a bona fide Star Trek enthusiast, and being on the tour with them helped me gain a deeper appreciation for everything we were about to see. You could tell they were having an absolute blast.

Our journey commenced with some introductory insights into the vast Star Trek universe, covering the various movies and TV shows.

It was abundantly clear that our guide was a font of knowledge when it came to all things Star Trek. There wasn’t a single question left unanswered, and having someone so well-versed and evidently passionate about Star Trek to lead us through the different sections of the USS Enterprise was a real treat.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour movie set entrance

Upon stepping foot inside the studio, I was instantly struck by the level of craftsmanship and also how the audio helped enhance the experience at different times, utilizing different decibel levels.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour corridor

While I had caught glimpses of scenes from the original Star Trek series, seeing these rooms up close was a whole different experience. If you’re a die-hard fan who’s followed the show for years, the level of detail will likely blow you away. It’s like stepping right into the world of the series.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour corridor

The tour’s progression can vary depending on how other groups are moving through the studio, so it’s not always a cookie-cutter experience. This dynamic adds an element of unpredictability to the adventure, keeping things fresh and exciting (and your guide on their toes).

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

We hopped from room to room, and each one had its own unique tale to share. What truly piqued my interest was the presence of authentic props – some from the original series and others from different entries in the Star Trek universe.

Witnessing these pieces of sci-fi history up close was truly captivating and getting the backstory on how some of these were created was equally interesting. Your guide should be able to point these original props out to you but if you really know your stuff you might be able to find a few on your own.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

I won’t spoil the entire tour by revealing every snapshot I took, as I believe in leaving a bit of mystery for your own visit. However, you can expect to explore some of the iconic rooms like the sickbay and the transporter room, which are definite highlights of the experience.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour teleporter

Even as an ultra-casual Star Trek fan, I couldn’t help but recognize the iconic transporter room, and I can only imagine how much super fans must enjoy having their photos taken there.

What also makes the experience special is delving into the behind-the-scenes magic of how the set was crafted.

I soaked up a treasure trove of captivating tidbits about the filming process, and now, when I watch the episodes, it’s hard not to be drawn into those intriguing little details I’ve picked up along the way.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

After you’ve meandered through the corridors and explored various rooms, your ultimate destination is exactly what you’d expect – the bridge.

Stepping onto the bridge is like stepping into the heart of the USS Enterprise, and it’s here that you’ll get the chance to do what you’ve probably been dreaming of: take a seat in the captain’s chair. It’s an experience that truly leaves a lasting impression.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

For an even more exceptional experience, you might want to try timing your visit to coincide with one of the days when William Shatner himself is on-site.

Our guide shared that occasionally, Shatner himself leads the guided tours, which I can only imagine would be absolutely fantastic.

Additionally, he hosts sit-down talks on the bridge where he shares insights on a wide range of topics – an opportunity that promises to be equally captivating.

So, if you’re a die-hard Star Trek fan or just a curious visitor, catching one of these special moments could make your visit truly unforgettable.

Final word

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour is undeniably a one-of-a-kind experience.

It falls squarely into the bucket-list category for any level of Star Trek fan, promising an enjoyable and memorable time if you have even a passing interest in the series. However, even if you don’t consider yourself a Star Trek aficionado, the tour is well worth your time purely for the stunning set they’ve meticulously crafted.

In fact, if you’re anything like me, it might just ignite a newfound passion for the series. I now find myself watching an episode almost daily, drawn into the captivating world of Star Trek. It’s an adventure well worth embarking on.


  1. I can already see this is not accurate! They should have added the view from the bridge to the front of the bridge but it’s blank. Also sick bay was more than one small, tiny room. It’s very disappointing!! If it was across the street from my house and free, I might go see it!

    1. Hi Norma, not sure about the bridge but there are more rooms to Sick Bay; I just did not include all of them.

    2. It’s 100% accurate. It was built from the original blueprints. Every room is there and spot on perfect.

    3. Norma, this is an exact recreation of the actual sets at Desilu studios. I’ve been there and believe me everything you’ve seen on TV is there in extreme detail. The Bridge is the best part!

      1. When I was there last time in October 2021 there was an active display on the forward screen. Besides, James Cawley the owner of the tour is a stickler for accuracy. If it’s not in this article it was just accidentally left out.

    4. Norma I have been there multiple times. Headed back next month in fact. This set has everything you criticized it for not having and much more. It is truly a wonderful experience to see.🖖

      1. Besides James Cawley, the super fan and owner of the tour is a stickler for accuracy. If it wasn’t in this article it was an accident.

    5. When I toured it last time in October 2021, there was an active screen displayed on the forward viewer. 🤷

  2. My husband and I visited there this year. He’s a big Star Trek fan. He loved it and even though I’m not a Star Trek fan I found it amazing. Another movie tour we did on the other side of New York, we did a road trip to Jamestown, ny where we visited the Lucy and desi museum, and they also included Star Trek. It had the movie sets of I love Lucy. Not far you can visit her home, her grave and her statue in the park. There’s other movie tours we did in the south. Anyone interested please let me know.

    1. So glad you enjoyed your visit. The place is amazing for us Trekkies and for anyone else. I’ve been there many times for a tour and for the special Shatner events. This year, I saw Jonathan Frankes and John DeLance from Next Generation. They said the place was amazing and one of a kind.

  3. If you are a fan of the original series this set tour cannot be missed. I went in July when William Shatner was visiting the set. I spent the money on the apples package and it was totally worth it. I was able to with Shatner in briefing room. And in the main engineering I took a punch from William Shatner. The sets are wonderfully detailed and meticulously maintained. They do encourage you to wear your uniform if you choose which I did. The staff are wonderful and the owner, James Cowley, let our tour and it was a wonderful experience with lots of behind the scenes and adventures. I can’t say enough about this tour it is a wonderful experience especially for an original series fan such as myself. For those of you that are Next Generation fans they are working on building the bridge of the Enterprise d for the Next Generation fans. He also has in storage the Galileo shuttlecraft that will be displayed at a later time. For fans this is a wonderful experience and I cannot recommend it high enough you need to go to this set tour!!

  4. FASCINATING, as Mr.Spock would say !, I love the Original Series the Best !, AS a High Schooler in 68 and our black n white TV it didn’t interest me , but we got a,COLOR TV and I loved the program !!!

    1. The Set Tour also has an all immersive, 3-day convention in August. There are the tours as usual, some guided by the celebrity guests, there are several actors from the shows who give talks in the the auditorium, special science and fan talks in various rooms, an autograph room, a vendor room, an Elvis Concert on Saturday night, mini golf, a dinner. I’m telling you, it’s 3 days packed full! Ticonderoga is also a beautiful area right by Lake Champlain at the foot of the Adirondacks! There is also the historic Fort Ticonderoga for Revolutionary War buffs. If you like Star Trek, you must go!

  5. I and my 92 yr Mother are making the trek to Ticonderoga in November. I want her to be able to meet William Shatner and perhaps get a great photo of the two of them on the transporter (on the same disk so as to look like her is saving her! LOL)
    I was there in 2015 for a month during the filming of the last fan film made there. It was the last time Richard Hatch would be on film as he passed away several months later. The bridge was not complete then Norma. But it is a complete 360 experience now. I was there in December 2018 for William Shatner’s appearance. It was everything I had hoped for. Speaking to him, listening to him as he told tales of experiences in filming the original show. He will answer any question. He will take as many pictures with you as possible. Mom is very much looking forward to seeing one of her heros, Capt. James T Kirk!

  6. Hello, my name is Markus McLaughlin;

    If Mr. Shatner hadn’t blocked me on X/Twitter, I would have come and visit during his time there.

    However, I met Mr. Takei and the late Miss Nichols, and it was a REAL privilege.

    My friend Doug Jones, plays “Saru” on Discovery; and I have texted Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner, and Mike Okuda online.

    I fell in love with TOS since 1978, I was 6, I would come home from school; I tuned in Monday through Friday, and turn the tv on. I fell in love! I found out about TMP over a year later; and I was very happy to see it with my late parents. I have seen every single Trek film in the cinema. I have seen almost every single Trek tv series ever made. When I lived in Maine, the Maine Trek Fan Club, the USS Kasimar, had the TOS bridge replica built; it was built at my late father’s vocational school. I was very fortunate to be on that replica. But, I want to go to NY State and see the REAL DEAL! This die hard fan also was in the late Mr. Nimoy’s audience TWICE, once in Maine, and a year before he passed away at a sci-fi concert at Symphony Hall, in Boston. I wish I could’ve met him but at least I was in the same venue as him.

    I cried when Mr. Nimoy passed away; he WAS Spock, he WAS Star Trek in every single way!

    His memory, continues to live long and prosper…

    Markus McLaughlin, Screenwriter, Boston, MA

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