Vermont is the northeastern US state that features from exciting ski areas and vast natural parks to intriguing historic sites and unique cultural museums. In between, there’s no shortage of memorable experiences such as fishing on the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi, seeing the Lincoln family’s prized possessions, and sampling some of the finest ice creams in the New England region.

    Whether you're travelling with family, friends, or on your own, you're sure to find plenty of once-in-a-lifetime excursions and landmarks to knock off your bucket list. Take a look at the best things to do in Vermont to plan your memorable trip to the ‘Green Mountain’ state.

    What are the best things to do in Vermont?

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    Lake Champlain

    An oasis for fun outdoor recreation

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    Lake Champlain is one of the most popular areas of Vermont for outdoor recreation. The beautiful lake offers stunning woodland scenery, sandy beaches, prime fishing spots, and opportunities for boating and watersports.

    Several parks are around the lake for outdoor recreation as well, including the Sand Bar State Park and Button Bay State Park, both of which have campsites, beaches, watersport rentals, and beach fun like horseshoe pits and picnic areas. On the waterfront, you’ll find restaurants, bars, and shopping for a night out.

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    Stowe

    Explore this mountain town with its winter sports offerings

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    Stowe is a vibrant mountain town in northern Vermont known for its ski resorts. It’s backed by Mount Mansfield, an exciting peak for skiing and snow trails, and the Smugglers’ Notch State Park, a dense forest park with a mountain pass. You could also spend time in the outdoors on the Stowe Recreation Path.

    To learn more about the town’s history as a winter sports destination, visit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and see exhibits on vintage ski gear and memorabilia.

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    Shelburne Museum

    Browse exhibits with more than 100,000 works

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    The Shelburne Museum displays an array of art, design, and Americana in the charming town of Shelburne. The massive museum has 39 buildings that feature over 100,000 paintings, quilts, decorative arts, antique furnishings, carriages, and other works.

    Around the museum, the grounds have elaborate landscaping with a formal garden, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, and the prize of the collection, over 400 lilacs. The Pizzagalli Centre for Art and Education is also on the grounds and offers 2 galleries, a classroom, and an auditorium.

    Konum: 6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Telefon: +1 802-985-3346

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    Hildene

    Explore the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln

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    Hildene is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife and is one of the most popular attractions in Vermont. Robert Todd was the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. The estate includes a stunning Georgian revival home on a promontory surrounded by over 400 acres of land. The grounds have meadows, wetlands, and a formal garden filled with flowers. 

    Inside the home, you could see Lincoln family furniture and a restored Æolian pipe organ. Another highlight of a trip to the grounds is the Rowland Agricultural Centre, which has a herd of Nubian goats and a cheese-making facility.

    Konum: 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05255, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Thursday–Monday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Telefon: +1 802-362-1788

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    Church Street Marketplace

    Go shopping at this outdoor pedestrian shopping centre

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    The Church Street Marketplace in Vermont is a fantastic outdoor pedestrian shopping centre that spans 4 blocks. It’s go-to if you want to shop on your trip, offering a combination of well-known and indie brands for fashion, homewares, books, and artwork. But it offers more than just shopping pleasures.

    You'll find several public art galleries in Church Street Marketplace as well, such as the Firehouse Gallery and Pine Street Art Works. The Church Street Marketplace is part of the Church Street Historic District, which has numerous buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Konum: 2 Church St Suite 2A, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

    Telefon: +1 802-863-1648

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    Floating Bridge

    Spend the day by this unique bridge supported by pontoon boats

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    The Floating Bridge is a unique attraction on the Sunset Lake in Vermont. The only floating bridge east of the Mississippi River, it dates back to 1820 and is completely supported by pontoon boats on the water.

    Along with seeing the landmark, many visitors come to the bridge to go fishing and swim in the lake. At the nearby Allis State Park, you could hike, bike, and explore the vast parkland that also has campsites and recreation areas for all seasons.

    Konum: VT-65, Brookfield, VT 05036, USA

    Telefon: +1 802-276-2143

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    Ben & Jerry's Factory

    Tour the iconic ice cream factory

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    The Ben & Jerry’s Factory is one of the most popular attractions in Vermont which offers tours of the famous and beloved brand’s ice cream factory. Tour usually lasts about a half-hour, and you’ll watch a film about the founders and their dream to make an ice cream brand and see the ice cream manufacturing process in action.

    The end of the tour brings you to the FlavoRoom, where you can sample the delicious flavours of the day. When you’re finished, you can visit the scoop shop to get a full serving of your favourite flavour and stop in the gift shop.

    Konum: 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, VT-100, Waterbury Village Historic District, VT 05676, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Daily from noon to 7 pm

    Telefon: +1 866-258-6877

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    Bennignton Battle Monument and Museum

    Visit the Revolutionary War monument in Vermont

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    The Bennington Battle Monument and Museum is a towering stone obelisk that commemorates the Battle of Bennington in the American Revolutionary War. When you visit the monument, you can take an lift to the observatory level and take in the views of Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts.

    The monument has dioramas of important battles, statues of significant figures, and other smaller attractions. One of the highlights is the statue of Brigadier General John Stark, one of the generals of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

    Konum: 15 Monument Cir, Bennington, VT 05201, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Telefon: +1 802-447-0550

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    Brattleboro Farmers' Market

    Take a stroll through aisles of fresh produce

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    The Brattleboro Farmers’ Market is a top shopping destination in Vermont. The farmers market hosts several individual markets for fresh produce, artisan goods, prepared foods, and other food products from local farmers, growers, and producers.

    The market also regularly holds events, such as live music concerts from local bands and performers, harvest days, and kids’ days with baked goods and crafts for young children. There’s always something fun going on at the market, so be sure to see what events are on the schedule during your trip.

    Konum: 29 Flat St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Hours vary by season

    Telefon: +1 802-254-8885

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    Fairbanks Museum

    Learn about world history and space exploration

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    The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is a fascinating destination in Vermont for all ages, offering exhibits on natural science, history, and ethnology. Astronomy is the focus in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium.

    You could see just about anything you could think of in the museum, ranging from natural specimens to taxidermy dioramas to dinosaurs to cultural artefacts from all over the world. In the summer, you can visit the native butterfly house and see an observation beehive.

    Konum: 1302 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819, USA

    Açık olduğu saatler: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Telefon: +1 802-748-2372

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