100+ Things to Do in Vermont

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont

In the spirit of “100 Places to See Before You Die” and inspired by the UVM Class Councils’ “100 Things to Do Before You Graduate UVM” I tried brainstorming 100 things people should do in Vermont, whether they are visitors or residents. Here’s what I came up with. I started brainstorming with Burlington, where I live, and then radiated out to the rest of the state. I welcome additions to the list. If you can think of something I missed, please add it to the comments section below, and this will become a “living list”.

  1. People-watch on Church Street
  2. Sample something from every food cart on Church Street
  3. Have a picnic in Waterfront Park
  4. Watch the sunset from Perkins Pier
  5. Go for a bicycle ride on the Burlington Bike Path
  6. Spend the day at North Beach
  7. Climb Mt. Pisgah
  8. Go swimming in Lake Willoughby (a glacial lake)
  9. Climb to the top of Mt. Mansfield in Stowe
  10. Go leaf-peeping in the fall
  11. Go kayaking
  12. Go fishing
  13. Visit a working farm
  14. Go on the cheese-making tour of the Cabot Creamery in Cabot
  15. Eat real maple syrup
  16. Eat a cider donut
  17. Do the Vermont Teddy Bear factory tour
  18. Do the Ben & Jerrys factory tour
  19. Do the brew tour at Magic Hat
  20. Attend Discover Jazz Festival
  21. Catch a free concert in Battery Park
  22. Read a book outdoors
  23. Make a snowman
  24. Make snow angels
  25. Go snowshoeing
  26. Go skiing
  27. Ride a snowmobile
  28. Visit Shelburne Museum
  29. Check out the Echo Lake Aquarium
  30. Visit the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury
  31. Climb Camel’s Hump
  32. Go swimming in a lake
  33. See the Whale Tails beside I-89 (between exits 12 and 13)
  34. Go apple picking
  35. Go berry picking
  36. Go to the Champlain Valley Fair
  37. Try Al’s Fries
  38. Listen to a band at Nectar’s
  39. Go to First Night
  40. Go camping under the stars
  41. See a movie at the Sunset Drive-in
  42. Go ice skating
  43. Pick your own pumpkin to carve for Halloween
  44. Go boating on a lake
  45. Take the ferry across Lake Champlain
  46. Go to a farmer’s market
  47. Go on a walking tour of murals and street art in Burlington
  48. Go on a ghost tour of Burlington
  49. Ride the city bus (CCTA)
  50. Get free ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s on Free Cone Day
  51. Get a soft ice cream from a seasonal creamy stand
  52. Attend the Vermont Brewers Festival
  53. See a show at the Flynn Center
  54. Go on the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory Tour
  55. Check out an exhibit at the Fleming Museum
  56. Attend a UVM Hockey game
  57. Visit the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge
  58. Go to a wine tasting at a winery
  59. Play golf
  60. Go on a bicycle tour of Vermont
  61. Attend the Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans
  62. Participate in the Zombie Walk
  63. Participate in the Naked Bike Ride
  64. Do the Penguin Plunge
  65. See the Haunted Forest in Williston
  66. Participate in the Annual Pumpkin Regata
  67. Crew in the Dragon Boat Festival
  68. Have breakfast at an old-time diner
  69. See a parade
  70. Try to spot Champ in Lake Champlain
  71. Buy vegetables from a roadside farm stand
  72. Go to a Vermont Lake Monsters baseball game
  73. Go on a First Friday Art Walk
  74. Go snowboarding
  75. Get lunch from Beansie’s Bus
  76. Go to Karaoke Night at JP’s Pub
  77. Have breakfast at Sneakers in Winooski
  78. Play Frisbee on the lawn at Waterfront Park
  79. Find a hill and go sledding
  80. Try to spot a moose or other native Vermont wildlife
  81. Listen to the loons on a lake
  82. Visit an old-time country store
  83. See Quechee Gorge
  84. Visit the Simone Pearce Factory
  85. Check out the covered bridges of Vermont
  86. Take a tour of the Rock of Ages granite quarry in Barre
  87. Visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller State Park in Woodstock, Vermont’s only National Park
  88. Visit Moss Glenn Falls and Texas Falls
  89. Watch a race at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre
  90. Visit Hildene, a Georgian Revival mansion and summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, only son of Abe Lincoln
  91. Visit the State Capitol in Montpelier
  92. Hike Mt. Philo
  93. Visit a maple producer during Maple Open House Weekend
  94. Try a slice of rhubarb pie
  95. Visit the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, which is located on the border, half in Derby Line, Vermont and half in Stanstead, Quebec
  96. Go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride
  97. See some classic works of art at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
  98. Check out the Burlington Earth Clock at Blanchard Beach on the bike path
  99. Visit Hope Cemetery in Barre, which has very unique and artistic headstones
  100. Eat sugar on snow.
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