Summer Activities for the Kids
Ten Kid-Approved Vermont Adventures
“Mommmmmm….. I’m bored!!!” Consider this checklist of Vermont kids activities to be a ‘parents’ survival guide’ when looking to alleviate boredom during those long summer days! Not only will you find great amusement parks and museums, but there are also many activities and tours unique to the Green Mountain State. Ask us about VT kid attractions or share your Vermont experiences. To feature your business, contact us.
Vermont Children Attractions
Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School, 105 Briggs Street, Burlington, VT 05401 | 802-657-3872
Located in Burlington, Petra Cliffs is Vermont's premier indoor rock climbing facility and climbing school. Our gym features 8,500 square feet of climbing walls and bouldering for all abilities. Our programming, guiding, and instructional courses focus on individuals and groups of all ages.
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Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides, 70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452 | 802-899-4007
Enjoy spectacular views of the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack mountains during a memorable balloon flight with our friendly and skilled staff. We'll whisk you above the ordinary and take you on a magical voyage above the treetops. All flights conclude with a champagne toast and VT cheese and fudge.
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The Governor's House in Hyde Park, 100 Main Street, Hyde Park, VT 05655 | 866-800-6888
Centerpiece of a quiet village, the completely restored historic mansion offers modern comfort with the gracious elegance of an earlier time. Period furnishings. Bedroom fireplaces. Mountain views. Jane Austen weekends. Afternoon tea. Small private events and weddings. The perfect elopement package.
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Odyssey Events VT, 276 Laber Road, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035 | 802-342-1513
Hands-on cooking classes offered by Chef Ted at his mountain top idyll. Discuss the many possibilities or choose from pre-scheduled classes. From pastas and pizzas to meats, seafoods, vegetables, and desserts. Learn then eat what you cook. BYOB.
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Strong House Inn, 94 West Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491 | 802-877-3337
The Strong House Inn is located in the heart of the Champlain Valley. This historical Inn has 14 individually decorated guestrooms, on five acres of gardens and trees with classic New England architecture and the comfort and luxury of a modern day Inn. The Inn is a perfect location for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners and meetings for up to 50 people. Join us for Quilting in Vermont, the ultimate setting for quilters to reignite their creative passion and be spoiled in the process. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a foodie experience, or a once in a lifetime event - an adventure is waiting for you!
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Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, 57 Pond St., Ludlow, VT 05149 | 802-228-5830
We serve the Towns of Andover, Cavendish, known for trophy trout fishing; Chester, known for Arts & Antiques; Ludlow, home of Okemo Mountain Resort, Mount Holly famous for Cider Days; Plymouth, home to Pres. Calvin Coolidge State historic site and Weston, home to the original Vermont Country Store.
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Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary, 3383 Darling Hill Rd., E. Burke, VT 05832 | 802-626-9924
Visit Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary in Vermont to see our rescued animals and please consider making a donation to help us care for them. If you share our love for animals and would like to get more involved with MVFAS we would love to welcome you as a volunteer. Volunteers join us on the farm or from their homes offering their time and services to the sanctuary.
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Robb Family Farm, 827 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301 | 802-257-0163
Home of fine Vermont crafts. We produce the purest maple syrup you can find as well as a large assortment of fine hand-crafted treasures. Enjoy the scenic Vermont landscape and views from our shop. The Robb Family Country Shop is a family run business, consisting of a charming gift shop, farm events, mail order and baked goods by order. The shop is open throughout the year selling our own Vermont Maple Syrup, Vermont Maple Candy, Maple Syrup Party Favors, Gift Boxes, and Family Raised Beef. Sugarhouse Tours are offered year round.
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Sugarbush Farm, 591 Sugarbush Farm Road, Woodstock, VT 05091 | 800-281-1757
Sugarbush Farm is located on a 550 acre hilltop outside of Woodstock Village. Visitors watch cheese production, year round maple tours, sample Sugarbush Farm cheeses, Vermont Maple Products, local Honey, and other products. You can walk the nature trail, see farm animals, and best of all free admission. The farm is located 3 miles off US Route 4 on Hillside Road, across from the Taftsville Bridge, 3 miles east of Woodstock, VT. Sugarbush Farm Store is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
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Night Eagle Wilderness Adventures, PO Box 479, Wallingford, VT 05773 | 802-885-8661
A unique primitive summer camp for boys, ages 10 -14. Boys develop an authentic sense of personal accomplishment and learn to rely on their own ingenuity as they live in tipis, learn wilderness skills, canoe, hike, throw tomahawks and atlatls, cook over an open fire and so much more! Through community living and group decision making, campers learn to work and play together in a spirit of cooperation rather than competition. Accredited by the American Camp Association.
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1. Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Open year-round, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory tours will show you and the kids exactly how beloved teddy bears are made. After the tour, stop by the Bear Shop and let the kids choose their very own unique Vermont teddy bear at this Shelburne, Vermont factory
With two locations in Woodstock and Rutland, the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center offer Vermont’s tallest indoor rock climbing wall at 38 feet. Programs include kids rock climbing clinics, the Quechee junior climbing club and King Swing birthday parties.
3. Vermont Adventure Tours
With day trips and outdoor adventure camps for kids of all ages, Rutland’s Vermont Adventure Tours gives children the opportunity to try rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, caving, hiking, overnight camping, survival training and more.
4. Sugarbush Farm
Famous for their maple syrup and waxed cheeses, Woodstock’s Sugarbush Farm gives children first-hand experience of a working farm. At Sugarbush, kids will see how maple trees are tapped, how cheese is made, and will have the opportunity to befriend many of the farm animals.
5. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center
Offering a myriad of adventure programs, Petra Cliffs Climbing Center is Burlington’s climbing headquarters. Kids can participate in team building programs, day camps and expeditions, junior climbing teams and even have their birthday parties at Petra Cliffs. Another popular option is their family climbing programs.
6. Shelburne Farms
Built as a private estate in 1886, Shelburne Farms now offers many diverse educational programs for children of all ages as well as a host of seasonal events. Witness cheesemaking on-site, visit the herds of dairy cattle, meet the many critters at Children’s Farmyard, take a wagon ride, or catch live music at the Summer Concert Series.
7. Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Factory
Stop by the Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Factory the next time you find yourself in Waterbury and learn how all the indulgent flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are made. View the production room, watch a movie about Ben & Jerry in their theater, see the dairy cows in the pastures and sample all of the great flavors offered at this uniquely Vermont factory.
8. Bread & Puppet Theater
Long considered one of America’s oldest non-commercial, self-supporting theaters, the Bread and Puppet Theater of Glover performs around the country, hosts Street Theater workshops, offers apprenticeships, and offers tours of their museum throughout the warm weather months.
9. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
Home to Vermont’s only public planetarium, the Fairbanks Museum offers over 175,000 natural science specimens, archival photos, historical artifacts and ethnological treasures, as well as the Eye on the Sky Weather Center and several nature and night sky programs.
10. Sun Mountain Adventure Park
Plan on spending the entire day at Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park when you visit Peru, VT because this thrill center offers zip lines, super slides, bumer boats, bounce houses, giant swings, trampoline jumps, space bikes, mini golf, alpine slides, climbing walls and more.