Fun Things to Do in Vermont

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From tasting fresh maple sugar to driving through the fall foliage, Vermont holds numerous treasures for you to discover with your kids.

Free Fun

Vermont is famous for its maple syrup production, and you can tour a sugar house and taste test syrup for free at the Bragg Farm Sugar house (http://www.braggfarm.com/) in East Montpelier. This location also has a small petting zoo, so it makes for a lovely afternoon together with your kids. Dankin Farm (www.dakinfarm.com) in Ferrisburgh is another option, also allowing you to tour its exhibits and taste its products for free.

Educational Fun

Norwich is home to the Montshire Museum of Science (www.montshire.org), which has 60 exhibits that highlight physical and natural science. In addition to the indoor exhibit, the 110-acre property has nature trails and an outdoor Science Park. To help your kids understand the natural history of the region and the earth in general, head to Hogback Mountain to visit the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum (www.vermontmuseum.org). In addition to the dioramas, the museum has a collection of living fowl that are not releasable into the wild, so your kids can get close to hawks and eagles from around the country. For a larger natural history museum, plan to visit the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium (www.fairbanksmuseum.org).

Environmental Fun

To get your kids outdoors, plan to spend a day hiking and playing at one of the state’s national parks. For instance, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park (www.nps.gov/mabi), which was the state’s first, is an excellent place to see fall foliage. It has the Billings Farm and Museum that lets your kids see how agriculture and the environment can work hand in hand. The North Branch Nature Center (www.northbranchnaturecenter.org) in Montpelier is another fun option, and they regularly host activities and day camps for kids who love nature. If you want your kids to experience the underwater environment, head to Burlington to visit the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (www.echovermont.org).

Seasonal Fun

Fall is a vibrant season in Vermont, with breathtaking fall colors, abundant harvests, and festivals in most communities. To taste the harvest for yourself, take the kids to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill (http://www.coldhollow.com/) for free samples of cider and McIntosh apples. You can also watch the cider being made when you visit. In December, visit Billings Farm (http://www.billingsfarm.org/) to see what Christmas was like in the 1890s.

Just for Mom Fun

The award-winning wines at Boyden Valley Winery (http://www.boydenvalley.com/) await your arrival for a free tour and wine tasting, so enlist the help of a babysitter and head down. for shopping and “retail therapy,” head to South Burlington and the University Mall (http://www.umallvt.com/).

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