Things to Do in Vermont

There is no shortage of things to do in Vermont. From skiing in the winter to hiking or fishing in the summer, Vermont abounds in outdoor activities. Many towns have museums celebrating Vermont history. There are festivals and events throughout the year. In addition to all the tourist attractions in Vermont, the state has many quality shopping opportunities, with discount outlets and stores selling Vermont goods.

Skiing is the heart of Vermont’s tourism industry, and probably the most popular of all things to do in Vermont. Vermont is home to many top-class ski resorts, including Stowe, Killington, Okemo, and Stratton, to name just a few. In summer, many resorts continue to attract visitors to their golf courses. Fishing also continues to be one of the most popular things to do in Vermont and many hotels and stores cater to anglers in the summer months.

With fall comes another of the most popular things to do in New England. Each year, thousands of people drive to Vermont to see the leaves changing color. Hotels in Vermont fill up fast during this period in late September and early October, but a visit to Vermont at this time is sure to be a memorable experience.

For children (and sweet-toothed adults), the favorite of all Vermont attractions is the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury. The tour is free, but because this is one of the most popular things to do in Vermont, and even one of the most popular things to do in New England, you should expect a wait between getting your ticket and beginning the tour. Look forward to a free sample at the end. Children will also like the Vermont Teddy Bear Museum, one of many Vermont attractions within a short day trip from Burlington.

The Burlington area is home to many Vermont attractions. Shelburne Farms and the nearby Shelburne Museum are must-do tourist attractions in Vermont. Summer is the best time to visit the Shelburne Museum, when it is warm enough to stroll through its extensive gardens and see some of the historic Vermont buildings transplanted from elsewhere in the state.

Several tourist attractions in Vermont celebrate the state’s history. The Ethan Allen homestead in Winooski, part of any suggested itinerary for a trip to Burlington, recreates the home of the leader of the Green Mountain Boys. Allen is also buried in Winooski. Plymouth Notch, near Killington Vermont, preserves the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge, a Vermont native. The July 4th celebrations there are one of the best things to do in New England for Independence Day.

Other popular events and festivals in Vermont include the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, the Burlington Jazz Festival held annually in early June, and the Stowe Winter Carnival held in mid-January. Consult the Vermont chamber of commerce’s guide to the best Vermont events for more tips on exciting things to do in Vermont.

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