When traveling through Vermont, there are lots of places to explore on your own, but theses guided tours may just add a few tidbits that you wouldn’t have known otherwise. Here are 16 tours that are interesting, informative and unforgettable, and we think everyone should take them at least once. Start exploring the wonderful state of Vermont today!
1. UVM Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge
The UVM Morgan Horse Farm is a gorgeous piece of horse heaven. Beautiful horses and scenery combined with learning experiences make a great family or individual outing for anyone who enjoys horses. Wander around the grounds yourself or take a guided tour at this magnificent place.
2. Vermont State House, Montpelier
Montpelier may be the country's smallest state capital, but the Vermont State House is rich with history and architectural splendor.
3. Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour, Waterbury
This 30-minute tour shows the process of how the delicious and creative ice cream is made. A great tour for people of all ages and fun for the whole family!
4. Bennington Potters, Bennington
If you're looking for wonderful Vermont stoneware, Bennington Potters is the place for you. Don't miss their annual pottery sale on July 21 with over 20,000 pieces available at prices up to 75% Off!
Store overstocks up to 80% off! A fun for all event with food, live music, kids amusements and more!
5. Lake Champlain Chocolate, Burlington
If you have a sweet tooth then you have to try this place. You can sample the fudge and the chocolates which are excellent. The staff is friendly, helpful and full of tidbits on the candy making process.
6. Cabot Cheese Factory, Cabot
The plant may look small, but they process a million pounds of milk a day! Only $3 for this informative tour as you learn how the cheeses are made, as well as free samples of dozens of their incredible products.
7. Vermont Teddy Bear, Shelburne
On this tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear factory, learn about what makes these bears unique including the "born in Vermont" lettering on the eyes, the special tag on the bottom, and the movable joints. Fun for everyone!
8. Harpoon Brewery, Windsor
Tour the Harpoon Brewery every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Windsor. If you like beer and/or are interested in the process, this tour has been deemed by many as one of the best.
9. Rock of Ages, Barre
Rock of Ages has conducted guided tours of the world-famous quarries since 1924. Since that time they have shared their artistry, passion and heritage with millions of people. What are you waiting for?
10. Sugarbush Farm Maple & Cheese Farm, Woodstock
This 4 season farm is full of cheese, maple syrup, animals, Vermont foods and most of all - friendly hospitality! You'll love the views, tastes and experiences here. See for yourself in this excellent video:
11. Simon Pearce, Quechee
Not to be outdone by the beautiful location, you won't want to miss the glassmaking at the Simon Pearce Studio. The restaurant is phenomenal, too - artisan glassware and a scrumptious brunch? What a great combination!
12. Vermont Soap, Middlebury
Visit the factory outlet store and soap museum and stock up on all the wonderful products you see throughout Vermont at great prices. It smells so good you can probably smell it from wherever you are right now!
13. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury
From between the planetarium and the true night sky, the NEK is a fabulous place to go stargazing. You'll love any one of their 20, 30 or 60-minute presentations to learn more about the cosmos.
14. Park McCullough House,
The historic Park-McCullough House & Carriage Barn is the jewel of North Bennintgon. You'll love the tours, and artistic performances scheduled June through October.
15. The Alpaca Shack, North Bennington
Call ahead to get a tour with Sandy, the owner of this delightful Alpaca Farm. Sandy is great person, funny, chatty, very knowledgeable about alpacas and has lots of stories to tell. How many people can say they've pet an alpaca? Delightful!
16. Hyde Log Cabin, Grand Isle
Built in 1793, the Hyde Log Cabin is Vermont's oldest log cabin and was built by Jedediah Hyde, Jr. Today, the Grand Isle County Historical Society has furnished the cabin and uses it as a meeting place, a museum, and a local information center. It is open from July 4 through mid-October on Saturdays and Sundays. A great peek into Vermont life and history!
Whether you live in the Green Mountain State or are visiting to check these places out, one thing is for sure…
Your Heart Will Always Be In Vermont.