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Vermont travel is perfect for fun family activities & things to do with kids

Families with kids can find year-round fun in Vermont in the mountains for skiing, snowboarding, zip lines and canopy tours. Fun family adventures can include swimming and fishing, history museums and children's museums, and fun farm visits. Celebrations, festivals and activities for kids and adults happen year-round at the elegant Stowe ski area, reminiscent of grand European ski resorts. Lots of lodgings and waterfront resorts provide welcome and fun diversions for kids.

Family Activities in Vermont
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Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Four seasons of family fun in this welcoming, adventure-packed region of Vermont

There’s family fun four seasons of the year in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where over 2,000 square miles are home to a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. You can hike up mountain trails for spectacular vistas, bike on woodland trails (particularly gorgeous in the autumn), go swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing in the region’s pristine lakes or take a sunset or themed lake cruise. Visit a farmer’s market, a planetarium, a covered bridge, a history museum or a Dog Chapel! Listen to an outdoor concert, see a show with massive puppets, a presentation from the Vermont Children’s Theatre or a circus, go camping or shopping. In the winter, there’s alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, skating and fat biking.
Lake Swimming at Camp Plymouth State Park - Your Place in Vermont - Okemo Valley
Okemo Valley - Your Place in Vermont

Lots to do and see from your perfect perch in the family-friendly Okemo Valley

Fun activities and attractions, comfortable accommodations, countless dining options: It’s no wonder families love visiting and staying in the Okemo Valley. Places to play include ski slopes and trails, skating rinks, rock-climbing centers, hiking trails and bike parks. You can visit the baby goats on a farm, fly down the mountain on a coaster track or through the trees on a zip line. Pick apples in an orchard or go on a snowmobile tour. Take a scenic train ride, go horseback riding or hang gliding. Lots of great places to shop, too, from country stores to unique boutiques. Stay in a mountain resort with indoor and outdoor pools, a hotel with a playground or a tucked-away inn with family-style dining.
Pick Your Own - Scott Farm - Dummerston, VT
Scott Farm

707 Kipling Road Dummerston, VT Phone: 802-254-6868

A picture-perfect day of apple-picking, orchard strolling and shopping in a bountiful market

Get the phone ready, because you’ll want to take plenty of pictures at the Scott Farm, where the kids will love picking their own apples (especially Honey Crisps!) and peaches – and pumpkins when the weather turns toward autumn. The 571-acre property, which began its farming life in 1791, is part of the Landmark Trust USA, and was the site for many of the scenes in the movie “The Cider House Rules.” The farm specializes in heirloom fruit, including pears, plums, cherries, persimmons, apricots, grapes and blueberries. Fresh fruit can be purchased at the market, along with jams, jellies, pies, cider and cider donuts. Check the website for information on fun family activities, including Heirloom Apple Day, orchard walks and crepe nights.
Garden - Shelburne Museum on U.S. Route 7 - Shelburne, VT - Photo Credit Shelburne Museum
Shelburne Museum

U.S. Route 7 - P.O. Box 10 Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-3346

This super-cool museum on the edge of Lake Champlain is filled with unusual attractions that are sure to entertain every person in the family. Kids and parents will love the authentic paddlewheel steamboat Ticonderoga, which was a workhourse of passenger and cargo transportation on the lake for decades in the 19th century. Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s most eclectic museums of art, Americana, and design, displaying 150,000 objects on 45 acres in 25 historic New England buildings. There's even a lighthouse. A full day of family fun waits here.
Hours: Open Tues-Sun May 15 through late October, 10am - 5pm.
Museum Admission: Adults $25, Ages 13-17 $14, Ages 5-12 $12, Under 5 Free. Discounts available for VT residents, students, seniors, Museum or AAA members, and active military.
Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, VT - Share iin the Harvest!
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Rock of Ages Quarry - Barre, VT
Rock of Ages Quarry and Manufacturing

558 Graniteville Road Barre, VT, 05654 Phone: 866-748-6877

Learn about quarrying and try it for yourself. The Cut-In-Stone Activity Center offers hands-on activities for children and adults. Sandblast-a-souvenir allows kids to create a memento of their visit. Other activities include geology explorations and learning the hand signals of the quarry derrickman. Check for seasonal changes in programs.
Store at Shelburne Farms - Shelburne, VT - Photo Credit Daria Bishop
Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-8686

This environmental education center on the shores of Lake Champlain invites the public to learn about environmental conservation. Visits start at the Welcome Center with a slide show and samples of the farm’s award-winning cheddar. Kids and families can then explore the walking trails and activities at the Farm Barn, including the Children's Farmyard. The Farm Store is open for online ordering for pickup and in-store shopping.
Hours: Open year-round daily 10am - 6pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center - Burlington, VT
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

One College Street Burlington, VT, 05401 Phone: 802-864-1848

This maritime-oriented science museum is located right on the shore of Lake Champlain, and its expertise is to study and enjoy the natural history of the Lake Champlain Basin. A visit to ECHO is a wonderful science and ecology expedition for children and families. Lots of expert work has gone into creating permanent exhibits about the ecology, wildlife, plant life, and Native human inhabitants of the region. Plenty of changing exhibits and fun seasonal activities to encourage kids to get involved in this fascinating maritime world. ECHO is open year round, 10am - 5pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day.