Road trips are the best for summertime exploring, and Vermont offers lots of sights for families. Just a few hours from Boston, New York City and Coastal Maine, find quaint covered bridges and lots of foodie stops, like ice cream and donuts. Here’s what to do with kids in Waterbury, Vermont.
What to do with Kids in Waterbury Vermont
Drive through a Covered Bridge
Savor a cone at Ben and Jerry’s Factory
Walk through the Trapp Family Lodge
Eat a Cider Donut
Sample some Vermont Cheddar
Savor some Vermont Chocolate
Grab a Cup of Coffee
Covered Bridges of Vermont
If you’re road tripping through the Green Mountains of Vermont then check out someCovered Bridges near Pittsford. Find four west of the town, east of U.S. Route 7. U.S. Route 7 is a scenic road running north-to-south from Burlington through western Massachusetts to Connecticut.
The Hammond Covered Bridge spans 139 feet and crosses Otter Creek. It was built in 1842. It’s a town lattice-covered bridge and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s closed to vehicular traffic and makes an excellent photo backdrop.
The Depot Hill Covered Bridge spans 121 feet and also crosses Otter Creek. It’s a town lattice-covered bridge built in 1840. And listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Find it on Depot Hill Road.
The Gotham Covered Bridge spans 114 feet and crosses Otter Creek on Old Pittsford-Proctor Road. It was built in 1841 and is a town lattice-covered bridge. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Cooley Covered Bridge spans 60 feet andcrosses Furnace Book. It was built in 1849 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The covered bridges protect the timber-trussing from the weather with walls and a roof. Quintessentially quaint and a quick stop before heading on to Waterbury and Stowe.Pittsford is 75 miles south of Waterbury, Vermont.
Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour
Kids will smell the ice cream on the breeze. So a stop at Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour is a must for families.Scooping since 1978, the factory tours lasts 30 minutes. Or if short on time, just grab a scoop and savor it in the shade.
After the tour head to the Scoop Shop for all your favorite flavors. And don’t forget to visit the flavor graveyard for the dearly departed flavors of the past. Stop for a picture in front of the bus.
During the summer, the Ben and Jerry’s Factory offers Free Friday Night Movies. Bring a chair or a blanket for a family-freindly movie during July and the first part of August.
Got an ice cream addict, then there’s a special tour. The Flavor Fanatic Experience starts with a factory tour then head to the Flavor Lab to work on a new flavor combination. All participants get a tie-dyed lab coat and ice cream cone for the road. Cost is $175 per person.
Find a playground and picnic area. And the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour even offers RV parking.
Located at 1281 Waterbury Stowe Road.Open from year-round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with special hours for July and August from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission is $4 and kids 12 and under are free.
Trapp Family Lodge
Calling all The Sound of Music fans. Did you know that the actual von Trapp family moved to Vermont in 1942 after escaping Austria during World War II. After the death of Baron Georg von Trapp in 1947, his wife, Maria, the Baroness von Trapp opened the property as a Austrian-inspired ski lodge.
Now theTrapp Family Lodge is a luxury resort on 2,400 acres offering four seasons of activities.Though the lodge featuresa themed gift shop and displays dedicated to the movie in the lobby.
Located at 700 Trapp Hill Road in Stowe, Vermont, north of Waterbury.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Sample one of the best donuts in the U.S. according to Gourmet magazine. Then see how apple cider is pressed with a original press from the 1920s. Don’t miss grabbing a sample of the apple cider for a true flavor of Vermont.
Find other apple baked goods in the on-site bakery. And there’s even a honey bee observation hive.
Located at 3600 Waterbury Stove Road. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free
Cabot Farmers’ Store
Cheese lover’s will need to make a pit stop at the Cabot Farmers’ Store. Sample all the cheese, with lots of cheddar.
Starting in 1919, 94 families formed a co-operative to ensure success. Over the years the co-op grew and now numbers over 800 families. Find Cabot products across the U.S. Though load up flavors only found Cabot Farmers’ Store.
Located at 2657 Waterbury Stowe Road. And open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Looking pick-me-up then head to one of the Lake Champlain Chocolates Flagship Store. Find everything from truffles to factory seconds.
For the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Tour head to 750 Pine Street in Burlington.
Located at 2653 Waterbury Stowe Road and open most days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Smuggler’s Notch Distillery
This spot is just for Mom or Dad. Looking for a locally produced distilled spirit, then the Barrel House Tasting Room featuring Smuggler’s Notch spirits is for you. With regionally inspired flavors, find gin, rum, bourbon and vodka.
Located at 2657 Waterbury Stowe Road and open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Cafe
Need a coffee break then head to the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Cafe. Located in a restored train station from 1875, learn about Green Mountain’s coffee from source to cup. Then grab a sample of its brew.
Located at 1 Rotarian Place in Waterbury. Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See a bit of colonial history at Danforth Pewter. Thomas Danforth II opened a pewter shop in colonial Connecticut in 1755. Now find everything from buttons and jewelry to lamps and housewares.
To see the actual pewter production then head to the workshop. Located at 52 Seymour Street in Middlebury, south of Burlington, Vermont.
Located at 2653 Waterbury Stowe Road and open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
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