School is out and summer has begun! Which means it’s only a matter of time until you hear those words that can drive any momma crazy – “I’m bored!” We are here to rescue you from those dreadful words with our Ultimate Vermont Summer Guide full of ideas for some family fun!
We’ve done the research and we’re taking you straight through the summer with 90+ ideas for summer outings and endless family fun.
Arts Riot– Unwind at the end of the week and take the family for dinner and live music at Arts Riot on Pine Street. Every Friday from 5-10pm, take the night off from cooking and have a great time visiting local food trucks with your family.
Battery Park Free Concert Series– Thursday evenings in July, beginning at 6:30 pm, you can enjoy a free concert at Battery Park- perfect for the whole family.
Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour– Grab the kids and take the factory tour, enjoy some ice cream, let them loose on the on-site playground, and visit the ice cream flavor graveyard. On weekends, they often have additional activities for kids.
Bread and Butter Farm Burger Night– Every Friday night you can head to Bread and Butter Farm for their Burger Night in Shelburne. Enjoy some delicious grass-fed burgers and music, fun, and more! Be sure to get your season passes or individual tickets ahead of time.
Bread and Puppet Museum– Located in Glover, this free museum showcases props used in the Bread and Puppet festivals such as masks and gigantic puppets. Not far from here is the famous Parker Pie, where you can dine on delicious pizza while sitting outside watching the kids play.
Burlington Farmer’s Market– Looking for a delicious Saturday activity? Head to the Burlington Farmer’s Market to buy some local products and produce. Enjoy live music and grab a bite to eat!
Burlington Skatepark, AKA Andy A_Dog Williams Skate Park– This newly-designed skatepark is a great place for your little skateboarders and bikers to try out their newest tricks. Located downtown near the waterfront in Burlington.
BVTMB Park Hops– We are hosting a BVTMB Park Hop play date series this summer and will be visiting different local parks. Join us for lots of fun- and follow BurlingtonVT Moms Blog for specific dates.
Calvin Coolidge Homestead– Located in the tiny community of Plymouth Notch it is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is open daily from late May until mid-October, from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Visit the homes of Calvin Coolidge’s family and neighbors, the community church, cheese factory, one room schoolhouse, and general store.
Camping– There are plenty of spots to take the family camping!
Catamount Outdoor Center– This Williston-based center offers individuals and families the opportunity to use their 426-acre park for walking, hiking, and mountain biking. Also, check out their Tuesday night running series, a family must! Day passes, as well as season passes are available for purchase.
Church St.– Catch one of the many street performers, let the kids run up and down the car-free street, grab a delicious bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants, finish it off with some ice cream, and browse the shops. Church Street is for everyone.
Circus Smirkus– With showings in June, July, and August throughout VT, this Circus features youth performers and is sure to provide some great family memories!
City Hall Park Concert Series– Every Wednesday and Friday at noon, you can catch a free concert at City Hall Park on Church Street, Burlington.
Creemees– Cool off and head to one of the picks on our list of top creemee spots around Burlington!
Dragon Boat Festival– On August 5th, Dragon Boats take off on Lake Champlain. Children will love the drumbeats and the exciting boat races!
ECHO– Especially perfect for those rainy days. Kids can get out some energy as they run around exploring the different exhibits. They are sure to have hands-on fun while learning about nature in Vermont.
Essex Cinemas– A family movie is a great treat and Essex Cinemas is one of our favorite places to go!
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and Park– Located off of North Ave. in the New North End, there is a great playground, hiking trails and picnic spots along the river. Don’t miss the museum and tours, too!
Evolution Yoga– This summer, they will offer kids mini sessions and summer camps. There is something for every age, and your kids will love these classes and camps!
BVTMB Family Fun Day! Our 5th annual Family Fun Day will be this summer. This event sells out very quickly, so be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date!
Farmers Markets– Most towns in Vermont seem to have a weekly, or bi-weekly farmers market. Farmers markets offer a great opportunity to purchase locally grown food, chat with neighbors, and make some new friends!
Festival of Fools– From August 3rd to the 5th, come to Church Street for some family fun with the Festival of Fools! Witness amazing interactive street performances.
Franklin County Field Days– From August 2nd to 5th, in Highgate, this small hometown fair brings more than just rides. With live music, poker tournaments and tractor pulls, it’s an event for the whole family.
Friday Night Live– Check out this fun concert series in Rutland featuring music, outdoor dining, children’s activities and more. Headliners perform at the “Pit” parking lot, which is transformed into a unique, amphitheater-like concert venue. Merchants and vendors set up along the street in open air fashion with fun for the whole family!
Hiking– There are endless hiking trails to choose from in Vermont! Check out our top 6 hikes for families around the area and 4 trails to tackle with your kids before they turn 10. There are some great hikes in Franklin County too! Meet up with your local Hike it Baby branch in South Burlington or Rutland County!
Intervale’s Summervale– Summervale happens each Thursday night from 5:30-8pm and features live music, great food from local vendors, kid’s activities, and beautiful grounds for the kids to wander around and explore.
Island Line Bike Trail– Travel along and over Lake Champlain on this stunning 14-mile trail!
Jig in the Valley– The Jig in the Valley is a quintessential Vermont gathering. Enjoy this musical, family-friendly event which is always held on the last Sunday of July. Local vendors, the pie tent, and free kids’ activities make this a delightful afternoon for the entire family.
Killington Adventure Center– Zipline, roller coaster, climbing wall, ropes course, jump tower, climbing wall, trampoline jump, alpine tubing. You name it, they’ve got it. Just added this year: Downpour Derby Water Wars and a Woodward Wrecktangle. Also on site, mountain biking and Segway tours.
Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Tour– Did someone say chocolate? Located on Pine Street, they offer FREE tours Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm, which include a yummy tasting!
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival– From July 26th-July 29th, Burlington’s waterfront is taken over by all things Maritime. From food, a parade, concerts and more, this is always a crowd favorite.
Lake Monsters Baseball Game– A family favorite, Lake Monsters games are tons of fun! They always have special activities planned for home games, like superhero night, so be sure to check their schedule. Sign your kids up for CHAMP’s Kids Club so they can attend five games for free!
Lamoille Valley Rail Trail– Named the largest rail trail in New England, this 93-mile trail currently has 33 miles of trails open and ready for exploring.
Majestic 10 Theater– Rainy day? Grab the kids and watch a movie at another great local theater, Majestic 10 in Williston.
Metrorock– Go climb at this great indoor rock climbing facility in Essex.
Mills Riverside Park Concert Series– This Wednesday night concert series takes place in Jericho in the picturesque Mills Riverside Park. Pack a picnic and blanket, relax, and enjoy the sounds of some wonderful local musicians beginning July 11th.
Montshire Museum of Science– This is a great, hands-on museum in Norwich, Vermont. Visit their most recent exhibits, Prehistoric Menagerie, and their completely reimagined Bubbles exhibition, and enjoy some splashing in the outdoor water play area!
Mt. Philo– This is a must during the summer! A perfect hike for the whole family (and stroller friendly!) Mt. Philo provides some amazing views!
Oakledge Park Treehouse– Your kids will love this little hideaway at Oakledge Park!
Open Farm Week– Similar to Maple Openhouse Weekend, Open Farm Week gives us the opportunity to tour local farms, meet the farmers and gardeners growing and producing all the delicious local produce and meat. Be sure to check out a local farm during August 13th through 19th!
Outdoor Movie Nights with Ben and Jerry’s– These free movies start at dusk and are offered at both Waterbury and Church St. locations.
Paddleboarding– Dying to try the new fitness and recreation craze? Rent paddleboards or take a lesson. Lake Champlain is the perfect place to learn.
Petra Cliffs– Are your kids climbing the walls? Bring them to Petra Cliffs and let them climb a rock wall instead.
Phoenix Books Story Time– Check out the Saturday story time at Phoenix Books at the Burlington, Essex, and Rutland locations, all start at 11.
Quechee Balloon Festival– 2018 marks the 39th year of the balloon, craft, and music festival. Check it out June 15th, 16th, 17th.
Regal Gymnastics Open Gym– Perfect for a rainy day, let the kids run off some energy at Regal Gymnastics open gym. Monday through Friday, 11-noon for kids 6 and under.
Red Rocks Park– This location has several scenic overlooks and great hiking trails.
Renaissance Faire– A day of fun for everyone, take the family to Stowe, June 23rd or 24th from 10am-6pm for all the fun of this Vermont Renaissance event!
Reverence– This sculpture of 2 Whales Tails seen off of Interstate 89 has a great walking trail, and is a wonderful photo opportunity!
Rockfire– Located in Websterville, and billing itself as “a unique combination of art, music, and fire on a monumental scale,” this year’s event lasts all weekend. Friday night, June 29th is redesigned to be more family-friendly. Come celebrate the rich history of Vermont’s granite industry in a new way!
Sam Mazza’s Farm– Visit the Sam Mazza’s farm stand and be sure to check out their schedule of events this summer including a strawberry festival and corn maze.
Shelburne Farms– Check out all the animals, chase some chickens, sample delicious cheese and have fun in their play area. Also check out their list of events, the Summer Campfires and Saturday Tea Parties are sure ways to please.
Shelburne Museum– This is great for a sunny or rainy day, as you can duck in and out of the different exhibits. Kids love roaming the grounds and parents love that it is fun and informational. Don’t forget to hop on the merry-go-round and check out our list of top kids’ picks!
Smugglers Notch Resort– Located in Jeffersonville, this resort isn’t just for skiing. With several different pools and waterslides, frisbee golf course and a new Funzone 2.0, this is a place for families to visit. Several different day packages are available for purchase.
Snowfarm Vineyard Free Concert Series– These free concerts are held every Thursday evening from June through September. Picnicking begins at 5 and music starts at 6:30.
South End Art Hop– Three days of art, shopping, food and fun from September 7th-9th, on Burlington’s bustling Pine Street.
Spare Time Bowling– Grab the kids and head to Spare Time to go bowling, play laser tag or play in the arcade.
Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival– July 6th to July 8th in Stowe. 25 hot air balloons take to the sky and multiple children’s activities keep families happy throughout the festival!
Stowe Recreation Path– Walk or bike along this 5+ mile path in Stowe. Stop at one of the amazing restaurants along the way for a snack or tasty lunch.
Stowe Resort Adventure Center– New last June, Zipline, Treetop Adventure and Rock Climbing in Stowe. Come check it out!
Summer Camp– When in doubt, send the kids away! They will have a blast and you will get a break!
Sunset Drive-in– Experience a classic drive-in with the family at this theater in Colchester.
Sun Mountain Adventure Park– This one is a bit of a drive but is loads of fun! Alpine slide, climbing wall, mini golf, water slide, ropes course, zip lines, bridges, and more make this Peru, VT trip a must!
Swimming Holes– A visit to a local swimming hole can be loads of fun!
Taconic Mountains State Park– Located in Hubbardton, this is Vermont’s newest state park. Covering 204 acres with hiking and walking trails, as well as a Japanese Garden, this is a wonderful way to spend a day. This new park is not fully developed, so has no phone access.
Talent Skate Park– Let your kids loose while you enjoy a break at this indoor skate park located in South Burlington!
Taylor Park Summer Concert Series– Wednesday nights in the heart of Saint Albans rock! Bring a picnic and let the kiddos run and dance to the sounds of local bands.
The Beach– check out our list of top beaches around Burlington and go exploring!
Tuesday Night Live– Located in Johnson, there is free live music every Tuesday from 6-8:30 starting Tuesday, July 10th. This event is rain or shine and brings out amazing local musicians. Pack a picnic dinner or purchase some delicious local food from one of the many vendors set up. Located in the field on School Street.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)– VINS is located just outside of Woodstock in Quechee. It is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm. Visit the nature center, adventure playscape, and forest exhibit. Your kids will love it here!
Vermont Marble Museum & Gift Shop- Come check out the largest marble exhibit in the world! Located in Proctor, VT, this museum offers over 100 exhibits, but don’t miss Earth Alive! it is a hit with the kids. Before you leave town, stop for a picture on the beautiful marble bridge.
Vermont State House– Keep the learning going and take a visit to the State Capitol in Montpelier. Open 7:45am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, it is a historic and educational experience. Make sure to stop by the Vermont History Museum located right next door!
Very Merry Theatre– Check out one of the multiple performances taking place this summer throughout the Burlington area. The traveling wagon tours are fun for all!
Village Scoop– This yummy ice cream shop located off of Main St. in Colchester is a great place to grab some delicious ice cream, and they have tables and chairs outside for you to sit and enjoy it in the sun.
Waterfront– Take a walk along the waterfront, bring a blanket for a picnic lunch or stop at Beansies Bus for some lunch. Bring some balls or a frisbee for some play on the large, open greens, and let the kids throw rocks into the lake. A perfect afternoon!
Zip lines– Head to ArborTrek near Smugglers Notch in Jeffersonville, and experience zip line canopy tours as you soar through the Green Mountains of Vermont. Perfect for older kids looking for a great adventure!
We hope you have a summer full of fun and exploring using our summer guide to all Vermont has to offer!