Fun Things to Do on Vacation in Northern Vermont
Remember… this is just a sampling of all our local Northern Vermont attractions. Be sure to visit our Great Outdoors section for more recommendations!
Some of the very best beers in the world are brewed here in Vermont. Our “Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail” is a “MUST–DO” for all beer lovers. It leads you to a terrific selection of Vermont craft breweries and taprooms, including the best craft brewery in the world (rated by Beer Advocate and RateBeer). This Vermont beer tour includes Hill Farmstead Brewery, Lost Nation, Trapp Lager, Rock Art, Schilling Brew Co, Heady Topper, Prohibition Pig, and many others. See our full Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail for all the details. Come and see why Vermont is known as the craft beer mecca.
Short, long, red, white, brown, open, closed, with windows or without, there are several covered bridges throughout the Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each covered bridge is unique and holds many special and scenic features. They are among our most popular attractions.
Here is a partial list of bridges to see in our area: (video)
|Location||Bridge Name||Year Built||Length|
|Lyndon, VT||Schoolhouse Bridge|
|Danville, VT||Green Bank Hollow||Built: 1886||Length: 50'
|Bath, NH||Bath Covered Bridge — A Favorite|
|Franconia||Flume Covered Bridge — A Favorite||Built: 1871||Length: 50'|
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum – St. Johnsbury, VT
Here you will discover remarkable architecture and a first-class collection of American paintings and sculptures, including the magnificent Domes of Yosemite. This Athenaeum is one of only 15 libraries in the nation to be declared a National Historic landmark. A “must see!”
Stephen Huneck Gallery / Dog Chapel – on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, VT
An unforgettable experience for art lovers and dog lovers alike! This internationally acclaimed artist and author is known for his playful hand-carved furniture, sculpture and woodcut prints. A “must see!”
Fairbanks Science Museum & Planetarium – St. Johnsbury, VT Open Year Round
The building is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Enjoy numerous inviting galleries with a dazzling array of the world’s wonders. Visit Vermont’s only public planetarium. See the largest natural science collections in Northern New England, and a rich selection of artifacts from around the globe. Don’t miss the BUG ART!
Billings Farm – Woodstock, VT Open May-October
This museum is dedicated to telling the story of Vermont’s rural heritage. A working dairy farm (since 1871) and living museum of Vermont’s rural past
Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, VT Open May 1-Oct 31.
Described as one of America’s great museums of American folk art, artifacts, and architecture.
Old Stone House Museum – Brownington, VT Open May 15-Oct 15 (Closed Mon/Tues)
The Old Stone House, built as a school dormitory in 1834-36, now houses 25 rooms of exhibits focusing on 19th century life in northern Vermont.
New England Ski Museum – Franconia, NH
The Frost Place – Franconia, NH Open May-October
Nestled on a ridge overlooking the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is poet Robert Frost’s 1915 farm homestead, now become a Center for Poetry and the Arts. It includes a museum of his life and work, with signed first editions of all his books. Also on the half-mile Poetry-Nature Trail, a walk through fields and woods, visitors may see 16 of Frost’s Franconia poems mounted on plaques, surrounded by dozens of New England wildflowers.
MOUNTAIN TOP JOURNEYS
Mt. Washington Cog Railway – Gorham, NH (video)
Enjoy the ride up Mount Washington on the world’s first mountain- climbing cog railway. The scenery isn’t the only reason to ride the Cog Railway — rain or shine, the exciting three-hour round trip is an unforgettable journey.
Mt. Washington Auto Road – Gorham, NH (video)
The Northeast’s highest peak, 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, will captivate you with its remarkable views of the Presidential Range, the White Mountain National Forest and beyond. The route, the views and the magic of this mountain sanctuary have remained largely unchanged since travelers began winding their way up Mount Washington in 1861. The “Road to the Sky” was an unprecedented engineering achievement and remains the first man-made attraction in the United States! Today, it awaits your personal voyage of discovery.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram – Franconia, NH (video)
The aerial tramway is one of New Hampshire’s most spectacular rides. The tramway brings visitors to the 4,180′ summit of Cannon Mountain in approximately eight minutes. On a clear day, visitors will enjoy views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada, and New York. At the summit there are walking paths, an observation deck, cafeteria, and restrooms. Cannon is open daily from 9am to 5pm, open Memorial Day through Mid-October.
Loon Mountain Scenic Summit Skyride – Lincoln, NH
Enjoy the ride to a beautiful mountaintop area where your will find glorious views, glacial caves, boardwalk and the Artist Village. Casual dining and facilities are available. Open daily mid-June through Mid-October.
ZIP LINE TOUR ADVENTURES
Thrill seeking is taken to new heights with this amazing adventure experience! Boston Globe – “It’s magical, breathtaking and awesome!” (video)
Alpine Adventures Zip-line Tours, Lincoln, NH, give you an exciting bird’s eye view of the Pemigewasset Valley and the White Mountains beyond. On the edge of Barron Mountain, in the tallest pines and hemlocks, platforms have been built. From platform to platform, strong cables are connected. Each tree and platform is slightly lower down the mountain, allowing gravity to be the main power source of the zipline experience. With well-trained staff and specially crafted safety equipment including a harness similar to a rock climber’s, you are clipped onto the line and zip down from one platform to the next. Open all year round. Reservations required. – (603) 745-9911
TALK TO THE ANIMALS
VINS Nature & Raptor Center – Quechee, VT
State of the art Raptor exhibit, displaying one of North America’s finest collections of birds of prey. Get close and personal with bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey. Open from May to October.
Agape Hill Farm – Hardwick, VT – Enjoy the relaxing and calming experience of a Trail Walk with a llama and then visit their fiber shop. Open May 1 to November 1.
Snowshoe Farm – Peacham, VT (802) 592-3153
Ron & Terry Miller invite you to visit their Huacaya Alpaca Llamas and yarn & fiber shop.
FUN FOOD STOPS
While you are here, we highly recommend that you enjoy the delicious flavors of the area. We have it all mapped out for you; all you need is an appetite. Here are just a few of many stops to make:
Artesano Meadery – Groton, VT
Artesano produces a variety of high quality, hand-crafted mead using only pure, raw Vermont honey and fruit. They also have a great handmade ice cream parlor in season.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory – Waterbury, VT
This famous ice cream factory sits on a pasture with lovely mountain views. Take the guided tour and taste the endless selections of amazing ice creams.
Bishop’s Ice Cream Parlor – Littleton, NH
No region is more passionate about ice cream than New England; Bishop’s is one of its most highly regarded ice cream parlors. Homemade and second to none — end of story! Open May through October.
Cabot Creamery – Cabot, VT
Drive along the rolling hills of Cabot, VT to a fun factory tour. See how the “world’s best Cheddar is made.” Then taste a wide variety of delicious cheeses in the tasting room. Watch the video to learn more.
Chutters General Store – Littleton, NH
This great general store is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Here you will find THE WORLD’S LONGEST CANDY COUNTER (awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records), plus a wonderful selection of unique specialty foods and gifts. Featured on the Food Network.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill – Waterbury, VT
The top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England – one of the very few that press year-round. See cider that’s still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920′s. Taste their legendary fudge and cider donuts, great with a big cup of fresh cider. Be sure to visit the wine tasting room featuring several Vermont wines.
Diamond Hill Store – Danville, VT
More than a boutique gift shop, this store offers a fine wine collection, artisan cheeses, specialty foods, candies & chocolates, and a liquor store boasting one of the state’s best scotch selections.
Goodrich Maple Farm – Cabot, VT
This is the “real deal!” Meet the Goodrich family and learn all about the process of tapping and boiling. Taste the different grades of syrup and a variety of maple products. A true Vermont experience.
Harman’s Cheese & Country Store – Sugar Hill, NH
Originally opened as a mail order store, it’s now much more. The products they offer are both unusual and unusually good. They are one-of-a-kind items found rarely, if ever, in markets or specialty food
Nothing matches the hypnotic beauty and serenity of a waterfall! Here, waterfalls are plentiful (over 100 in the White Mountains) and easy to access. Your camera and sturdy, flat rubber-soled shoes are a must. A picnic lunch would be nice touch (we can help you with that).
Here is a partial list of waterfalls to see in our area:
|Location||Falls at this location|
|Barnet, VT||Barnet Falls|
|Bartlett, NH||Diana’s Baths|
|Barton, VT||Willoughby Falls|
|Quechee, VT||Quechee Gorge|
|Franconia Notch, NH||Avalanche Falls
Liberty Gorge Cascade
The Flume (video)
The Basin (video)
Rocky Glen Falls
|Crawford Notch, NH||Arethusa Falls
Silver and Flume Cascades
Beecher & Pearl Cascades
Lost River Gorge & Caves – North Woodstock, NH
Follow the Lost River through the narrow steep-walled gorge, caverns, and falls. It’s an adventure that combines the beauty and mysteries of nature with the excitement of exploring this magnificent gorge.