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17 Best Things to Do in Vermont

Did you know that Vermont’s name came from the French words “vert mont” which means “green mountain?” This explains why the place is called the “Green Mountain” state.

It’d be wrong to think that you can only go on nature trips, and not experience other activities. Here are the 17 best things to do in Vermont:

1. Play in the Rock of Ages’ Outdoor Granite Bowling Alley

Ever seen the movie “Star Trek”? If you did, you probably have seen a cliff which is the Rock of Ages, a granite quarrying site. Did you know that this site has an outdoor granite bowling alley? Young and old will enjoy this one of a kind experience of playing bowling outdoors. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

While you’re on it, go on a guided tour in the quarrying operations.

2. Go for a Hike and Swim in Quechee Gorge

Quechee Gorge Vermont

Source: Quechee Gorge | Trover

Did you know that the best way to see Quechee Gorge for its majestic view is to go on hiking from the walkway to the bridge? After getting your full glimpse of the gorge, why not go swimming at Quechee Gorge and have fun with your family and friends!

3. Visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill

One of the best-known products in Vermont is cider, so don’t miss this opportunity to see how they transform apples into ciders in a traditional way at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill! You can also purchase their other products at their retail store for a souvenir.

4. Have Dinner While Riding A Train

Go on a memory lane and try this experience you don’t usually experience anymore! In Green Mountain Railroad, you can see Vermont in a different perspective. Take your loved-ones on dinner while relaxing on-board!

5. Experience Vermont’s Rural History and Farm Life

Want to learn about Vermont’s past and heritage? Go to Billings Farm and take on a full experience seeing their interactive museum where you can learn about their agricultural history. Also, you can roam around the farm and even help with the farm chores if you like.

Don’t forget to take-away some dairy products on your way home!

6. Visit the Dog Chapel

Dog Chapel Vermont

Source: Dog Chapel | Kim Knox Beckius

“Dogs are man’s best friend,” they say. If you are a lover of our furry friends, take your time and visit the Dog Mountain and see their Dog Chapel. In Dog Mountain, your pets can roam around and play with other dogs. Be ready for an emotional and heart-warming experience upon going to the Dog Chapel.

It is a place where you could see the remembrance of dogs that are now in heaven and the notes of their owners posted on the walls.

7. Watch Ice Cream Making at Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Vermont

Source: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory | On the Road of Retirement

A lot of people would say Ben & Jerry’s is expensive, but would you like to know why? Come and visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and take on a 30-minute tour about their process. They use top-tier ingredients that are all-natural. Healthy indulgence is costly, right? Don’t forget to bring home a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream straight from their factory!

8. Sail Lake Champlain in a River Ferry

River Ferry Lake Champlain Vermont

Source: River Ferry Lake Champlain | Flickr/Adam Fagen

Enjoy the breeze of the air and be in awe with the amazing blue waters of the Lake Champlain! Best to experience it by riding a ferry boat. You can also bring your cars and bikes on the ferry if you wanted to go somewhere else after the ride.

9. Learn about Historical Artistry in Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum Vermont

Source: Bennington Museum

See the vast collections of folk artist Anna Mary Robertson who is known as “Grandma Moses.” This place also houses pottery collections and other artifacts from the Civil War.

10. Visit Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home Vermont

Source: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home | Flickr/Greg Dajewski

You can enjoy guided tours in this wonderful mansion which used to be the home of the Lincolns and their descendants until 1975! Walk the trails and enjoy their gardens.

11. See The Cheese Making Process at Cabot Creamery

One of the top products that Vermont produces is cheese. Since the Cabot Creamery is known for the Cheddar Cheese, don’t forget to secure some upon your visit. Here you can see they convert their dairy products from farm to table.

12. Visit the Warren Store

Warren Store Vermont

Source: Warren Store | Travel Like a Local VT

Back in the days, the Warren Store used to be a boarding house. Now, it has been fully converted to different types of shops and restaurants where you could try their bagels, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and omelets.

13. Enjoy Skiing at the Trapp Family Lodge

You probably heard about the Trapp Family Singers if you watched The Sound of Music back in the day. In 1938, they left Austria and settled in Vermont where they opened the Trapp Family Lodge. Today, you can enjoy skiing during wintertime. You could also go to a spa and dine with your family here.

14. Take a Guided Tour at Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Source: Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Visiting Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is a must for stuff toy enthusiasts. Go on a tour and see how they make these well-known teddy bears. You may also want to experience creating one of your own or have it repaired in the factory.

15. Do Outdoor Activities at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Vermont

Source: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park | Jack Hutton

Want to feel nature at its finest? Visit this national historical park to take a glimpse of its beautiful forest and surroundings. Here, visitors can do different outdoor activities depending on the season like walking, hiking, skiing and a lot more.

16. Experience A Sweet Treat at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks Vermont

Source: Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Maple Syrup is one of the staples in the American household and is known as a partner of pancakes. Explore the humble farm of the Morse Family where you can roam around and see the syrup making process.

17. Deepen Your Knowledge at Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

Source: Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium | Groupon

Learning in school is tedious, but if done while traveling, it can be a whole new experience. At Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, you could learn about natural history, ethnology, and the solar system.

 

If you were to pick your top 3 activity in Vermont, what would it be?