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Vermont is full of fun places to visit – and lots of them are unique and quite different from the places you can find in other states. Here are some of our favorite things to do and cool places to visit in Vermont:

Find out where milk comes from at The Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm and a living museum of Vermont's rural past, located in Woodstock, VT. The dairy barn, calf nursery, milk room, and horse barn are stops along your self-guided tour. Educational programs and activities featuring the livestock and farming operation are offered each day. The afternoon milking of the herd begins at 3:00 p.m. and explains the process of milk production.
http://www.billingsfarm.org/

Get eye to eye with Snowy Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and other birds of prey at The Vermont Raptor Center, an educational facility and clinic devoted to birds of prey. From May to October, you can also see a variety of raptors demonstrating their flying and hunting skills.
http://www.vinsweb.org/

Get your hands on science at The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. The Montshire offers dozens of exciting exhibits about the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the outdoors is a large part of the experience. Outside is a network of easy-to-moderate walking trails for visitors of all ages and fitness levels.
www.montshire.org/

Visit ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Vermont's premier lake aquarium and science center on the Burlington Waterfront.   Attractions include the Awesome Forces Theater (800 million years compressed into 6 minutes of crashing, flashing, caving glaciers and continental collision!), a water-play space for kids to build dams and float boats, and an Atlantic tide pool touch-tank filled with creatures. From Abenaki story-telling to the dynamics of Lake Champlain's underwater wave, the ECHO adventure immerses guests in the sights, sounds, smells and feel of past and present life in the Basin. A series of special touring exhibits are showcased in the changing exhibit gallery three times a year. http://www.echovermont.org/

You can watch some of the world’s most beautiful horses at the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, VT (near Middlebury). This working horse farm is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Morgan Horse. You can see horses in the pastures and on the guided tours of the stables, or a video presentation about the Morgan Horse & Farm.
http://www.uvm.edu/morgan/

Find fossils in the rocks at Fisk Quarry on Isle LaMotte in Lake Champlain, one of the oldest fossil reefs on Earth.
http://www.lclt.org/guidefiskquarry.htm
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You can visit Montpelier, the smallest state capitol in the country and explore the Vermont State House with its golden dome and big, decorated rooms. The State House is the seat of government and guided tours are available to tell you all about this historic building and how it is still used today by the Vermont legislature.
If you can’t come in person, a photo tour of the Vermont State House may be seen at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/sthouse/sthouse.htm

While in Montpelier, stop by the Vermont Historical Society Museum.  This museum preserves the past for use by present and future generations. It collects artifacts dating from the pre-contact period to the present for interpretation and research. Using these artifacts, items from the Society's library, and materials loaned by individuals and institutions, it presents an exhibition on the first floor of the Pavilion Building in Montpelier.  More information is available at http://www.vermonthistory.org/

Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. A robust schedule of creative, fun activities for children throughout the season brings the museum to life for visitors of all ages, and touch-and-learn components in many exhibition buildings encourage interactive learning.  http://www.shelburnemuseum.org

Vermont has a statewide system of museums and historic sites highlighting a rich heritage - from prehistoric times to present day.  Revolutionary War sites, presidential birthplaces, early taverns, a pioneer log cabin, a stately gothic home, and underwater shipwrecks are set amidst Vermont's natural splendors.  All are unique and all present Vermont at its best.  www.HistoricVermont.org/sites.

Of course everyone has heard about Vermont�s famous Ben & Jerry�s Ice Cream factory or the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, but there�s a lot more to see and do � without spending a lot of money. You can find all sorts of events, attractions, farms, and outdoor recreation for every part of Vermont by visiting the state�s Official Tourism site at: http://www.vermontvacation.com/

 

 

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