What is There to do When Visiting Vermont with Children?

Diana Bocco

If you are traveling to Vermont with children, be prepared. The state boasts an impressive list of attractions to keep the little ones entertained for days. The state of Vermont, situated on the northeastern coast of the US, shares borders with Canada and has a total population of just over 600,000, making it one of the least populated states in the country.

Hiking trails provide fun and exercise.
Hiking trails provide fun and exercise.

When you arrive in Vermont with children, make sure you stop by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, which offers guided tours and a chance to try your hands at making teddy bears the old-fashioned way. Kids under 12 can visit America's largest teddy-bear factory for free, while adults are charged a nominal fee of $2 US Dollars. Another great stop for those visiting Vermont with children is the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour, where visitors can see the making of ice cream, enjoy a fun documentary, and then sample some ice cream.

Vermont offers many farm experiences, including dairy farms.
Vermont offers many farm experiences, including dairy farms.

If you want a taste of the outdoors when visiting Vermont with children, try the Billings Farm & Museum, a working Jersey farm that also acts as a museum and offers a peek into a century-old tradition of farm management. The farm offers a chance to see an authentic 1890's farm house, complete with original furniture and equipment, plus a series of exhibitions exploring the how and why of harvest, dairy farms, and maple sugar cultivation.

Visitors may enjoy horseback riding in Vermont.
Visitors may enjoy horseback riding in Vermont.

For a more hands-on approach, the Shelburne Farms allows visitors to pet and milk animals, participate in the making of cheddar cheese, or take to the hiking trails that spread throughout the property. The Junior Sugarmaker in the Woodstock/Quechee Area offers an opportunity to those visiting Vermont with children to make their own maple syrup and then take it home. Opportunities for horse riding, backpacking, and camping also abound in Vermont, making it a great destination for those looking to enjoy the outdoors.

Vermont is home to the country's largest teddy bear maker.
Vermont is home to the country's largest teddy bear maker.

The Ball Mountain Lake area is one of the top destinations for those visiting Vermont with children. Steamboats, kayaks, and canoes abound in the lake, and visitors can always find a way to enjoy the waterside, not matter their age. Biking and hiking is also possible in the area, and campgrounds are spread around for families visiting Vermont with children who want to stay around for more than one day.

Canoeing may be enjoyed when visiting Vermont.
Canoeing may be enjoyed when visiting Vermont.

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