Things to do in Vermont

Tourism is a major industry, and the state offers no shortage of things to do in Vermont. Some of New England's largest ski resorts are located in Vermont, including Burke Mountain, Bolton Valley, Stratton, Smuggler's Notch, Killington Ski Resort, and many others. For the adventurous skier, Vermont offers a historic look at the Depression on its tour of the New Deal trails. The trail is a bit rough and is recommended for more advanced skiers only. In the warmer months, adventurous bikers can tackle Kingdom Trails for a great downhill adventure.

If you're wondering what to do in Vermont that is fun for the whole family, a trip to Billing Farm and Museum should be on your itinerary. The old farm house is located in Woodstock, and children, as well as adults, will be able to partake in some old fashioned farm chores—truly one of the more unique things to do in Vermont, but in keeping with its agrarian legacy. On your scenic drive, take note of the many covered bridges in Vermont. There are over 100 of these bridges throughout the state, the longest being the one Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge. For the movie enthusiasts, visiting Rock of Ages in Barre. This industrial site is so otherworldly that it was used as the setting in the 2009 Star Trek movie.

Lastly, if you're in the state during the summer and wondering what to do in Vermont to cool off, pay a visit to Pump House Indoor Waterpark, which opened its doors in 2012 at Jay Peak Ski Resort. It features hot tubs to soak in, a wave pool and dozens of water slides.

Find out what’s underwater at this interactive science museum; there are more than 70 species featured in ever-changing exhibits. It also hosts an adult-friendly cocktail party called ECHO After Dark on the second Thursday of every month.

Owned and operated by the Faillace family, Three Shepherds Farm produces artisanal cheeses made from cow or sheep milk, and aged in straw-bale cheese caves. The farm is also famous for their cheese-making classes.

While the advent of the indoor shopping mall in the 1970's meant the death of most pedestrian malls, this one—established in 1981—still buzzes with activity.

At the Hort Farm (as it’s locally known), students from the University of Vermont have conducted biological research for more than 60 years. At present, the 97-acre facility hosts experimental apple orchards, grape vines, ornamental shrubbery, flower gardens, and a bat house.

Part of the sprawling Half Moon Bay resort, the lushly landscaped Village is worth seeing for the setting alone, with canary-yellow shops lining a plaza filled with towering palms and a row of Mediterranean-style fountains.

With the highest number of breweries in the country per capita, Vermont is known for its beer. One of its oldest sits alongside Otter Creek in Middlebury and offers free guided tours of the brewing and bottling process (albeit through large windows).

Inspired by Middlebury College professor John Freidin’s passion for cycling, VBT began as an open invitation to fellow bikers to join Freidin on his many rides throughout Vermont.

Sugarbush recently received a $60-million upgrade. Former Merrill Lynch International chairman Win Smith heads up a posse of investors committed to maintaining the crunchy zeitgeist of the classic ski mountain.

As part of the revitalization of Burlington’s waterfront, the city opened the ECHO Center in 2003 to celebrate, preserve, and promote Lake Champlain.

Owned and operated by local art doyenne Liz de Lisser, an Englishwoman who moved to Jamaica in the 1950’s, this Montego Bay gallery offers an incredible variety of hand-painted wooden birds, giraffes, and other animals, along with angels and furniture.

The French Second Empire-style barn at the center of the Morgan Horse Farm is a white Victorian structure with a mansard roof and widow's walk.

Founded by Jake Burton in 1977, this namesake company is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of snowboarding equipment. This flagship store, located near the factory in Burlington, carries an assortment of equipment and gear for winter sports enthusiasts.

Burlington's only downtown grocery store, City Market is a community-owned food cooperative selling a wide range of local and organic goods, as well as a smaller selection of name-brand products.