We can brave the cold, handle the heat and, yes, we even manage some 4 wheeling fun in mud season. Lucky for us, Vermont is packed with adventurous things to do to year-round for every type of thrill seeker. Vermonters don’t like to sit still and many of us are explorers at heart, so if you like excitement, you’re in the right state. Many of these activities can be found all over Vermont and with a Google search or two, you’ll likely find many places in your own neck of the woods. So grab your gear – and your inner thrill seeking spirit – and go out to enjoy all the excitement and adventure that Vermont has to offer!
1. Walk along the rocks at the bottom of Quechee Gorge.
It's a long way down, but when you make it to the bottom there are sections of gushing water as well as peaceful spots to gaze up to see how far you've come.
2. Rock climbing.
Try your hands (and feet) at a professional climbing course or find an adventure of your own. Reach high!
3. Surf's up!
Test your balance on a surf board at the Jay Peak Indoor Waterpark. If you're really adventurous, try La Chute, a 65 foot high, 45 miles per hour, full 360 degree rotation in a 6 second ride down to the bottom. This slide isn't one for the faint of heart!
4. Hike on over.
Challenge your fear of heights by climbing over a suspension bridge on the Long Trail. This particular bridge is at Ithiel Falls in Johnson, a hidden gem for the lovers of water sports and beach goers alike. Each season brings a different personality of the river; for example, swift in spring, gentle in the summer.
5. Have a treetop adventure.
Find a treetop mountain adventure course like this one at Killington and have a birds eye view of the world below.
6. Coast down the hill.
If you're adventurous spirit isn't through after Killington's treetop course, head over to the Beast Mountain Coaster, a 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster that twists and turns through the woods with 360-degree corkscrews to keep your blood pumping.
7. Hamilton Falls, Jamaica State Park
These falls can be a dangerous spot in any season. Over 10 people have died here so use caution, but boy is it stunning.
8. Zip line adventure.
Zip through the air and see Vermont like you've never seen it before. This can be done by people of all ages... if they're brave enough!
9. Cliff jumping.
Vermont has many natural swimming holes and quarries that have some pretty epic jumps. Please use caution and know what you're getting into!
10. Ice climb.
Whether you have your own equipment and want to hike the Bolton Quarry like this guy, or you want a more guided experience with a professional company, hurry up -- the snow and ice are melting fast!
11. Go skydiving.
Fall with style in Addison with Vermont Skydiving Adventures. Whether this is a once in a lifetime jump or a regular rush, you'll remember this experience for sure.
12. Fat bike.
Make way for the new popular sport of Fat Biking! The Kingdom Trails are exceptionally great for this sport, which can be compared to mountain biking but on winter terrain with - you guessed it - big, fat tires.
13. Run away and join the circus.
If you're daring, and a bit flexible, run away and join the circus at the
New England Center for the Circus Arts
- even if it's just for a day. Get ready for some big top fun as you sail through the air!
14. Take a hike to catch the morning sunrise.
Vermont is full of hills and mountains, so set your alarm clock and hike up the nearest one to catch a stunning morning sunrise. Don't forget your camera!
15. Go tubing on Lake Champlain.
Or down a hill... If you can find any snow. Either way, tubing is a blast!
16. Arbortrek Treetop obstacle course.
If you find yourself in the valley below Smuggler's Notch, check out the treetop obstacle course - guaranteed to keep you holding on so tight your knuckles turn white.
17. Pick a hill and start climbing.
Vermont may be small, but we have no shortage of hills and mountains. Pick one and hike it to the top. Any time of day, any season, these views are always worth the tired legs.
Let us know your favorite adventurous Vermont activity. Be sure to share this with other thrill seekers!