National Parks / Natural World in Vermont with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Green Mountain State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Vermont offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Vermont itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Shelburne Farms

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    Shelburne

    Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Our mission is to cultivate a ...

  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

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    Woodstock

    Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of ...

  • Green Mountain Audubon Center

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    Huntington

    Year-round education programs reach thousands of Vermonters of all ages through school, camp, family, and adult programs and workshops, including 4,500 school-aged children.

  • Elmore State Park

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    Lake Elmore

    Elmore State Park has more than 700 acres, the area includes a large sandy beach, historic CCC bathhouse with a concession stand, restrooms and a rental pavilion, a picnic shelter, numberous tables ...

  • Smugglers Notch State Park

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    Stowe

    Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed. The Park is a corridor park with ...

  • Kingsland Bay State Park

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    Ferrisburgh

    Kingsland Bay State Park is one of Vermont's newest parks and at present has limited services. Much of the 264 acres, along the shores of Lake Champlain, remains as a natural area. The historic ...

  • Little River State Park

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    Waterbury

    Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites and 20 leantos. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular ...

  • Burton Island State Park

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    St Albans Bay

    There are 3 miles of shoreline, hiking trails, a nature center/museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals, and places to swim and picnic.

  • Brighton State Park

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    Island Pond

    The primary attraction of this general area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, fast running rivers and streams, and clear lakes. The land northeast and southeast of Island Pond is ...

  • Button Bay State Park

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    Vergennes

    The park has a play area and a swimming pool with lifeguards. There are a picnic area and a large open picnic shelter pavilion for large group gatherings. Boating (rentals available), fishing, and ...

  • Mount Philo State Park

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    Charlotte VT

    The 168-acre park is located atop Mt. Philo (968' elevation) and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. A narrow, steep road (not recommended for trailers) ...

  • Sand Bar State Park

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    Milton

    Today at Sand Bar, the smooth, sandy lake bottom remains shallow well out from shore, making this an ideal swimming spot for children. That, and the uninterrupted length of sandy beach, very high ...

  • Quechee State Park

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    White River Junction

    Quechee Recreation Area is a large park spread out over a vast area. It is unique in that 611 acres of the park are not owned by the state, but leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tract ...

  • Molly Stark State Park

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    Wilmington

    The park has open lawn areas, woods, and Mt. Olga rising to the east where there is an old fire tower with spectacular views. The area is very popular during the fall foliage season for its colors, ...

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  • Birds of Vermont Museum

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    Huntington

    The Birds of Vermont Museum is a delightful place where visitors can learn about birds and their role in the earth's ecosystems. A private, non-profit organization, the Museum features over 497 ...

  • Shelburne Museum

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    Shelburne

    Amazing Vermont art to be enjoyed with over 150,00 works exhibited over 39 exhibition buildings - some historic! Art fun for the family!

  • Old Stone House Museum

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    Brownington

    A charming historical village and museum. A memorial to 19th century history, and its builder, Alexander Twilight.

  • Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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    St Johnsbury

    Visit New England's premiere museum of natural history, with over 175,000 objects on display - AND the state's first (and only!) public planetarium in Vermont!

  • Vermont Marble Museum

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    Proctor

    We have been presenting the past present and future of marble, as used in art, as building material and amazing world of everyday uses for more that 20 years!

  • Henry Sheldon Museum

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    Middlebury

    The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is the oldest chartered community history museum in the United States, welcoming visitors and researchers since 1882. It offers lively tours, exhibits ...

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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    Vergennes

    Whatever your interests, the museum offers opportunities for on-water adventures, gallery browsing, and armchair exploration.

  • Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont

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    Rutland

    Our nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell\'s art, established in 1976, commemorates Norman Rockwell\'s Vermont years and the entire span and diversity of his career (1911-1978). ...

  • Vermont Institute of Natural Science

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    Quechee

    It's all about science, nature and natural history at this Vermont institute with fascinating exhibits, fun live shows and kids programs!

  • The Bennington Museum

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    Bennington

    The Bennington Museum is known as the trusted caretaker of the largest collection of Grandma Moses art and memorabilia available to the public. Located in the heart of Vermont, our galleries evoke ...

  • The Nature Museum at Grafton

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    Grafton

    The Nature Museum is a dynamic and educational place to visit. The exhibits at The Nature Museum at Grafton encourage you to open the door to Vermont\'s natural beauty.

  • Vermont Ski Museum

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    Stowe

    The Vermont Ski Museum is located in the village of Stowe, it is in the Old Town Hall, which was built in 1818 and is on the National Register of Historic places, their mission being to collect, ...

  • Noyes House Museum

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    Morrisville

    The Noyes House, a two-story federal-style brick mansion built by the Safford family in the early nineteenth century, was the first location to be settled in the village of Morrisville.

  • Mary Bryan Memorial Art Gallery

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    Jeffersonville

    Visit Vermont\\\'s most dynamic gallery for the exhibition of the finest landscape painters in New England.

  • New England Maple Museum

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    Rutland

    The museum offers a trip through over 200 years of maple sugaring history starting with the Native American discovery that maple sap cooked over an open fire produces a sweet syrup.

  • The Chocolatorium

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    East Arlington

    The Chocolatorium is not only a chocolate exhibit, but a fun and tasty place to explore! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of chocolate, the history, the culture, and how it's made!

  • Montshire Museum of Science

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    Norwich

    Fun hands-on science exhibits for kids - both indoors and outdoors - in one of the country's top science museums! Great family fun in Montshire!

  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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    Burlington

    Over 70 species of marine life at this Vermont aquarium, dedicated to educating on ecology, history and culture too!

  • Green Mountain Railroad

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    Bellows Falls

    Go back to when travel was an exciting adventure, relax, watch the fabulous scenery go by in restored coaches pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. All aboard! One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Green Mountain Railroad Trains Around Vermont

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    White River Junction

    Spend a fun and relaxing day chugging alongside the Connecticut on this 2 hour scenic train ride. Connecticut River for a 2 hour round trip.

  • Bromley Sun Mountain Adventure Park

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    Peru

    Vermont thrills and spills with attractions for all ages - with a climbing wall, mini golf and water slides....to name a few!