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Things to Do in Vermont

Lake Champlain borders its west side and the Green Mountains run down the center. Near Burlington, discover the Shelburne Museum and the Teddy Bear Factory. Grandma Moses fans can see works downstate in Bennington, while Norman Rockwell’s works are in his hometown of Arlington and in Rutland. The capital Montpelier is not far from Waterbury and the ice cream attraction Ben & Jerry’s and near Plymouth, home of President Calvin Coolidge. Ski resorts include Stowe with a ski museum, Killington and Smuggler’s Notch. Things to do in the winter – snowmobile, cross-country ski and ice fish. In the summer hike, bike, canoe or sail. Restaurants showcase local products like maple sugar. Stay in hotels, B&Bs, inns, lodges and resorts.
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Spirit of Ethan Allen III

348 Flynn Avenue
Burlington, Vermont
802-862-9685
Scenic narrated cruises aboard The Spirit highlight Lake Champlain, Vermont's Green Mountains, New York's Adirondacks and stories on the legendary Champy who lives deep below.

One and a half to two and half hour dining cruises are offered, many with themes - jazz, murder mystery and cuisine, among others.
Hours & Admission
Narrated tours: mid-May to mid-October. Dining cruises: June to August. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Spirit of Ethan Allen

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and Bear Shop

6655 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, Vermont
802-985-3001
This teddy bear headquarters features toys and bears of all shapes and sizes. Learn about the history of bears and what's involved in bringing them to life. Recommended time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Hours & Admission
Daily July to October, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November to June, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: The Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Vermont Wildflower Farm

3488 Ethan Allen Highway
Charlotte, Vermont
802-425-3641
This six-acre farm showcases wildflowers, while the seed shop offers mixtures for all regions of North America, including wild perennial and annual flowers.

Walk along a quarter-mile loop past gardens, a brook and a pond, and through open fields and woodlands. Along the way learn about various types of plants.
Hours & Admission
Daily April to October, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: ©Vermont Wildflower Farm

Shelburne Museum

5555 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, Vermont
802-985-3346
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Shelburne is one of the nation's finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.

The museum's collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts....
Hours & Admission
Daily mid-May to October, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

One College Street
Burlington, Vermont
802-864-1848
ECHO features 70 species of live fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, plus 100 interactive experiences. The facility promotes the ecology, history and culture of the lake region, encouraging stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.

The 2.2-acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also home to the Ecosystem Science Laboratory and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial.
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Ethan Allen Homestead

North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont
802-865-4556
This museum is dedicated to the life of Vermont's famous founding father. A member of the Green Mountain Boys, he helped capture Fort Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War. The house is filled with colonial furniture and exhibits. Also find trails and a view of the river.
Hours & Admission
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

Green Mountain Audubon Nature Center

255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, Vermont
802-434-3068
The Green Mountain Audubon Society's original nature center - house, barn and 150-acre farm - is leased and operated by Audubon Vermont. The wildlife sanctuary offers diverse habitats and five miles of trails.

There are year-round activities. In winter the property provides breeding and habitat for more than 100 species of birds. Late winter brings activity to the sugarhouse. Wildflowers arrive in the spring. Outside the barn a butterfly garden blooms in the summertime and fall leaves...
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

29 Tabor Road
Swanton, Vermont
802-868-4781
This refuge is comprised of 6,300 acres of federally protected wetlands, meadows, and woods on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain near the Canadian border. Here visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting (waterfowl upland game/big game as allowed by law), birding and wildlife observation. Activities include nature walks, boat tours and presentations.
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Refuge: daily dawn to dusk.

Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, Vermont
802-985-8686
William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb established the farm in 1886 as a model agricultural estate. The farm practices rural land use that is environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable.

Today the farm maintains 400 acres of managed woodlands, along with a herd of grass-based purebred, registered brown Swiss cows and a dairy. Their milk is transformed into award-winning farmhouse cheddar cheese on property....
Hours & Admission
Welcome center: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walking trails: weather permitting 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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