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.