For generations, visitors and locals alike have
considered Vermont as much a place in the heart
as a place in the mountains and the ‘heart’ of
Vermont is truly showcased in this central region.
Here agriculture and sustainability are the life blood
ingredients of the working landscape and its bounty
of products is diverse, from award winning cheddar
and ice cream to iconic maple syrup, handcrafted
wood furniture, and quarried marble.
Farms and fields align with small towns as
the Connecticut River lazily meanders along the
eastern border of the state providing access points
for fishing and boating. Quechee Gorge, known
as “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon,” imparts a
dramatic visual on visitors while scenic Route
100, fondly termed the Skier’s Highway, meanders
along the mountain ranges from Mount Ellen to
Killington then southward to Okemo. The Long
Trail, Vermont’s end to end hiking journey, parallels
Rte. 100 to the west crossing the mountain peaks as
the Appalachian Trail branches off and winds easterly
to the Connecticut River. Pack a picnic lunch with
homemade goodies from a nearby country store,
then spend a day exploring Lake Pleiad and the
Middlebury Gap, and the Robert Frost National
Historic Landmark and rustic wooden writing
cabin where the famed American poet found his
Throughout the summer and fall, visitors will
find numerous craft, art and antique shows, flea
markets, agricultural fairs and field days, and theatre
on the green happenings in this region. A visit to
Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the country,
may inspire a tour of the Vermont History Museum
where the “Freedom & Unity: One Ideal, Many
Stories” exhibit details Vermont’s
past and people from 1600 to the
present day. Or stroll the historic
grounds of Plymouth Notch,
virtually unchanged since the early
1900s. This rural Vermont village
includes the homes of President
Calvin Coolidge’s family and
neighbors, an authentic general
store, church and cheese factory,
still making cheese using the
original 1890 recipe, and the
1924 Summer White House
State and private campgrounds
in this region are
varied and plentiful, from the
smallest with primitive sites or
integrated within a working farm,
to the larger resorts with all the
amenities, including lake access
for refreshing opportunities to
swim, fish or boat and evening
campfire reflection of a sunset
over the water’s shore.
With nature as your backdrop,
the central Vermont region boasts
plenty to do for those who love
to keep moving. Bicyclists can
follow scenic back roads through
quiet villages, or explore the
mountain trails at numerous offseason
ski resorts. There’s hiking,
paddling, bird-watching, and
rock climbing, corn mazes and
adventure races, and even four
wheeling ATV tours.
Summer at Sugarbush opens a world of
opportunity. Amidst winding streams, rolling pastures, and a pristine mountain forest, the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club offers a breathtaking, scenic golfing experience. Hiking, lift rides, mountain biking and disc golf are offered daily via the Super Bravo lift, in addition to zip line rides, swimming and a bungee trampoline for all ages.
A summer adventure at Killington is driven by boundless outdoor opportunities and the sights, sounds and charm of small-town Vermont. Whether you choose exhilarating outdoor pursuits or more relaxing activities – for a day or an entire week’s vacation – Killington, Vermont is the most convenient location offering so many things to do and places to see.
Vermont Adventure Tours
Vermont Adventure Tours offers private guided trips, prescheduled courses with open enrollment, and group programs. All
of the courses and activities can be custom-designed to the participant or group. Different activities can be combined to form multi-day trips, or multi-event programs.
Types of tours include rock climbing, kayaking, paddling,
mountain biking, and more.
Experienced commercial pilots will treat you to a magnificent view of the Mad River Valley from above. On a clear day you’ll see the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain to the west, Camel’s Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the north, and Mt. Washington and the White Mountains to the east. In the fall - when the mountains turn red and gold - the view is truly spectacular.
Montshire Museum of
There's something for everyone at the Montshire — interactive bubble stations, the region’s largest collection of moths and butterflies, wildly creative Rube Goldberg devices, a tank where live trout swim, the topological puzzles, a colony of leaf-cutter ants, 100 acres of trails, outdoor exhibits, a Woodland Garden, Science Park, a walking tour of the solar system, and
the most intelligent water park in New England.
American Precision Museum
The Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives. The American Precision Museum, housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.
Billings Farm & Museum
Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont's rural past – your gateway to Vermont's rural heritage.
Get to know our Jerseys, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens through interactive programs and activities. Explore the barns and calf nursery and watch the afternoon milking of the herd. Visitors will experience a first-hand sampling of actual farm work, animals, and agricultural processes.
Institute of Natural Science
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails.
Cedar Circle Farm
Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center offers guided or
self-guided educational farm tours. The Farm also offers
popular activities to engage in agriculture like Flower
Search, Insect Safari, Grow Your Mind, Seed Safari,
Watch It Grow, Dig Pluck and Process, and Harvest
Activities. In the fall, take a tractor ride to the
pumpkin patch and pick the biggest pumpkin you can
King Arthur Flour
The King Arthur Flour flagship
campus resides in Norwich,
Vermont. Visit the retail store,
take a class at the stunning new
Baking Education Center, and
watch the bakers at work in the
state-of-the-art Bakery. Classes
range from introductory
demonstrations to week-long
courses, along with hands-on
classes for both adults and
New England Maple Museum
A visit to the New England Maple Museum is as intriguing as it is educational, and appeals to all ages. The history of maple sugaring is brought to life in over 100 feet of murals extensively researched and created by painter Grace Brigham.
The museum has the most complete collection of sugaring artifacts in existence
including an ancient block of wood with a sap collecting gash made by American Indians.
Long Trail BreweryLong
Trail Brewing’s spacious
riverside Visitor Center was
inspired by the Hofbrau House in
Munich, Germany. It is a
magnificent place where the beer
is plentiful and the atmosphere
a unique blend of industrial
design and down-home comfort.
Take a self-guided brewery tour,
then enjoy dinner and some of
Vermont’s finest beer at the
pub, open daily.
Vermont Campground Association 32 Main Street, #368
Montpelier, VT 05602