November in Vermont is a great time to catch up on your culture. Embrace your inner explorer and take some (or all!) of these cool day trips around Vermont. The best part about living in a small state is that you can get everywhere in just a few hours. Sit back, relax and start planning for your next day off!
1. The Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, VT.
Not only is this one of the most beautiful places in Vermont, it literally has something for everyone! American paintings, circus figures, posters, decoys, impressionist paintings, the steamboat Ticonderoga, carriages, costumes, decorative arts, folk art, quilts, toys, historic houses, community buildings, and beautiful gardens just to name a few. Also, mention that you’re a Vermonter when paying admission for a discounted rate!
2. Montshire Museum – Norwich, VT.
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum with more than 140 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site and the Museum's outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience.
3. Moose River Lake and Lodge Store – St. Johnsbury, VT.
This is a perfect place to shop for all your Adirondack needs, or simply browse around on a rainy day. A unique store, it features a myriad of clothing, accessories and beautiful items for the home, cabin or lodge. Imported wines, Amish hickory furniture, moose heads, antler and trophy mounts and Vera Bradley, Isis, Ibex & Pendleton items are for sale, just to name a few.
4. Goodrich Memorial Library – Newport, VT.
If you like Victorian architecture and history, then this is the place for you! This was the first library established in the town of Newport and was founded by Dr. John M. Currier in the spring of 1862. In 2003, Goodrich Memorial Library received a substantial grant and the building has been restored to its original beauty and elegance. Check it out in all its glory!
5. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium – St. Johnsbury, VT.
This museum was mentioned in an earlier post about the 18 weirdest places in Vermont, specifically for its bug art. But the Fairbanks is much more than just dead moths and lady bugs. As northern New England’s museum of natural history, it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world. Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe. The Museum is also home to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Vermont, where you can journey through the cosmos, guided by one of their astronomy experts.
6. Sanderson’s Wooden Bowls - East Burke, VT.
Watch these artisans and crafters create these unique beauties. Each bowl is individually turned and made from native Vermont Hardwoods. No two are alike, just like these day trips!
7. The Pump House at Jay Peak – Jay, VT.
Embrace your inner child and get ready for a wild ride. This water park has something for all ages – and all levels of courage! For the most daring, try “La Chute,” which stands an impressive 65’ in the air. Riders enter the tube, cross their arms and legs, then wait for the countdown. 45 miles per hour, a full 360 degree rotation and roughly 6 seconds later, they arrive at the bottom - forever changed.
8. Willoughby Lake – Westmore, VT.
Before the ice hits and the snow falls, pack a picnic and enjoy the excellent boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. There are public restrooms at either end, too!
9. Vermont Reindeer Farm – West Charlston, VT.
What better time of year than now to visit Vermont’s only Reindeer Farm? The farm is open to the public on selected days throughout the year and they have many seasonal activities including feeding and petting the many farm animals, a nature trail, craft center, games, snowshoeing in the winter, and Christmas events. The gift shop includes "reindeer" items and homemade bath and body products.
10. The Chapel of the Holy Family – Lyndonville, VT.
Set upon a knoll at the edge of a beautiful wooded area, this chapel offers those seeking peace and spiritual growth a sanctuary of grace and beauty. This is a place of beauty and peace, and well worth the trip.
11. Randall Bridge AKA The Old Burrington – Lyndon, VT.
Who doesn’t love a Vermont Covered Bridge? Built in 1867, this 68 ft. Queenpost bridge has unusually open construction, making it easy to observe the truss structure.
12. Cowtown Elk Ranch – Derby, VT.
Stop and enjoy visiting the elk herd at the Cowtown! Great photo ops and if you’re lucky, one or two will come up to the fence to say hello.
13. Gardner Memorial Park – Newport, VT.
You don’t have to perfectly time your trip here! Gardner Memorial Park features activities for every season including ice skating, volleyball, a skate park, soccer, playground, baseball field, and more.