14 Places to Explore This Summer in Vermont

Vermont may be a small state, but it is definitely big on summer fun!

Whether you’re interested in exploring the outdoors, in search of delicious local foods, or looking to experience the arts, Vermont offers something for everyone.

Here are the destinations necn checked out during our tour of the Green Mountain State for Vacation Week:


- Raise a glass to the Austrian-style lagers at the Von Trapp Bierhall—or, beer hall. It’s the newest addition to the Stowe destination started by the family Hollywood made famous in "The Sound of Music." Take in the gorgeous views of Mt. Mansfield while enjoying craft beers and farm-to-table snacks and meals. Click here for more. 

The Canteen Creemee Company in Waitsfield crafts “Next-Level Sundaes” packed with add-ons and locally-sourced ingredients. Some of their intricate creations look too pretty to eat… but that won’t stop customers from indulging! Click here for more.


- Young children will love feeding the animals at the historic Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, which now educates the public about agriculture. The property also hosts a variety of special programs and is home to a network of nature trails. Click here for more.

- Get up-close-and-personal with beautiful insects from around the world, in "Butterflies: Live!" at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, through Labor Day. Click here for more.


- 55 different destinations state-wide make up the beautiful network of Vermont State Parks. While some focus on day-use recreation, 38 provide a range of camping opportunities. And word to the wise: campsite rentals get you free day use of the entire state parks system, so try to check out multiple locations during your trip. Click here for more.

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- Explore a scenic stretch of the Connecticut River on kayaks, canoes, tubes, or rafts from Great River Outfitters in Windsor. The gentle water does much of the work for you, as you float for several hours. The outfitters suggest you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including the possibility of eagles overhead and otters in the water! Click here for more.

- Vermont Adaptive offers "sports for every body," empowering people with disabilities to explore the outdoors with specialized equipment and guidance. The non-profit operates statewide and year-round. Adaptive mountain biking is a new and popular offering. Click here for more. 


- Ride the elevator inside the state-run Bennington Battle Monument to enjoy views of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York from 177.7 feet up; a number commemorating the battle fought in 1777 that’s considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Click here for more.

- The castle turret-like Ethan Allen Tower in Burlington offers 360-degree views of the city, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks of New York. Ethan Allen would surely be proud to have this spot named after him! Click here for more.


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- Hildene was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the Manchester estate promotes ecology and land stewardship, and features gardens, a large trail network, a dairy operation, and exhibits on the life and career of Lincoln. Click here for more.

- The Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington gives a glimpse at the frontier life of the Revolutionary War folk hero. Visitors can also explore walking trails, traditional 18th-century gardens, and enjoy living history demonstrations. Click here for more. 


- "Wild Spaces: Open Seasons" is one of the summer offerings from the famous Shelburne Museum. The exhibit spotlights works by American masters that portray hunting and fishing. Don’t miss the dry-docked Steamship Ticonderoga and 30+ buildings on the sprawling estate that house one of the nation’s most eclectic museum collections. Click here for more.

- The Path of Life Sculpture Garden is a crafted landscape in Windsor designed to invite contemplation, relaxation, and recreation. It’s also a great spot for a picnic! Click here for more.

- The workshop at Simon Pearce in Quechee gives visitors the opportunity to admire the skilled work of master glassblowers as they shape beautiful glass creations. The covered bridge and waterfall behind the studio is also a favorite spot for photos. Click here for more. 

This list just scratches the surface of summertime activities in Vermont! For more suggestions of ways to enjoy your summer vacation to the state, visit the website of the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
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