Vermont Family Vacation: Things to Do and See in Every Season

By Allison Curley

Vermont’s nickname, “the Green Mountain State,” represents why people want to go on a Vermont family vacation — to escape in nature. If your family is looking to get away from work, school, or cities, then this is the place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

The best part about the state of Vermont is that it has something for everyone and something to do in every season. Here are some Vermont vacation recommendations based on the time of year:


The summer is a time for sun and swimming. Believe it or not, Vermont isn’t always cold and its natives do plenty of water-related activities.

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the Dorset Quarry. This is a local hot spot in the summer, but not a lot of people outside of this area know it exists. It used to be a source of marble, but now it is a deep swimming ground (60 ft deep to be exact). People drive there, park their cars for the day, and lounge on the remaining giant marble rocks. One of the rocks is 10 feet above the water, which turns this swimming spot into a cliff diving destination too. There are also smaller sized jumps, which will make it an adventure for everyone during your Vermont family vacation.

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More swimming options include Lake Champlain, Lake St. Catherine, and Lake Bomoseen. These are not too far from the town of Dorset and have rental property options. These are all freshwater lakes that can also offer water sports like tubing, boating, and waterskiing.

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There is also the summer theatre series at the Dorset Playhouse, which is only about 30 minutes away from Lake St. Catherine. They put together several plays and musicals that run over the summer from June to September and feature Broadway shows and actors. This is a great nighttime activity if you are looking for some adult entertainment.


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Vermont cools down a bit in the fall, but nothing beats the view of the leaves changing colors all over the mountains. If you stop by Lake St. Catherine, there is a state park that actually sits on the lake. You can pay to camp there with an RV and use the facilities including hiking trails, fishing, paddle boat rentals etc.

If you are ready to leave the water, though, you can stay at nice hotels and inns around the area. For example, in Dorset, Vermont there is the refinished historic Dorset Inn. The Inn sits directly behind the Dorset Field Club, which features a gorgeous and well-acclaimed golf course. This Inn has excellent food and is located right down the street from the Manchester Designer Outlets and the Dorset Playhouse. There is a lot to do in these neighboring towns in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment.


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If you don’t mind the cold, Vermont has awesome winter sports that your whole family will enjoy. For example, if you like to ski, there are several great ski mountains in areas close to each other. Stratton, Bromley, and Killington mountains all have great skiing and snowboarding options. A lot of them have great childcare or skiing lessons that can help out every member of your family. Nearby resorts take care of living and dining arrangements as well.


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If you like farms, cheese, and ice cream, there are really cool tours you plan during your Vermont family vacation. There are farm tour options via Vermont Farm Tours where you can learn how to make cheese and see farms around the Shelburne, Vermont area. The Cabot Creamery and Ben & Jerry’s Factory are also both located in Vermont. The Cabot Visitors Center is in Cabot, Vermont, which features activities like cheese tastings and product displays. Additionally, the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont offers a guided factory tour and products shop.

Another destination that can be fun in the springtime is The Equinox, which is a hotel, luxury golf resort, and spa. This is a relaxing place where you can get away while also staying close to the Manchester Designer Outlets and the town of Manchester itself.

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Lastly, another place to visit in the spring is the college town of Burlington, VT. This is the home of the University of Vermont, which has great shopping, dining, and scenery. While it is a decent drive from some of the towns previously listed, it makes a great day trip. It also lies on the shore of Lake Champlain, which provides more springtime activities.

Why go on a Vermont family vacation?

Overall, there are a ton of activities that you can plan with your family in the state of Vermont. Most of them are pretty affordable and feature the green mountains up close. Depending on your vacation time and weather and activity preferences, certain seasons might seem more interesting than others. All it takes is a little research, which is already done, so all you have to do is plan out what you want to do. Hopefully, a Vermont family vacation will be memorable for everyone regardless of their age and what season it is.

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