Brattleboro, Vermont was my first travel nurse assignment. This is my list of top 10 activities to do in Southern Vermont during the summer and fall months. In addition to the top 10 activities, I included my 3 favorite weekend trips to conclude the article.
Go kayaking on the Connecticut River with Vermont Canoe Touring Center in Brattleboro, VT. They rent out kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards. Bring cash as they do not accept credit/debit cards. After your workout, stop by the Marina to eat. I recommend the lobster mac ‘n cheese.
2. Lye Brook Falls
Take the hike up to Lye Brook Falls in Manchester, VT. The trail is 4.3 miles out and back. It is a strenuous incline with some rocky areas but it is worth the effort. The trail ends at the waterfall with a rock overhang. The overhang is perfect for sunbathing and picnicking. Bring water, snacks, and bug spray. Hiking boots for the rocky areas are recommended but regular sneakers will suffice.
3. Hike on the Appalachian Trail
Hike the Appalachian Trail near Manchester, VT and swim in Griffith Lake. Bring water, snacks, and swimwear if you are uncomfortable swimming in your skivvies. Become a trail angel for the day. Trail angels support long-distance hikers by providing food, water, gear, and rides into town. These random acts of kindness are called “trail magic”. For the Appalachian Trail PDF guidelines on trail magic, click here.
4. Food Festivals
There are many festivals in the area celebrating food. My personal favorite is Baconfest. Check out the city website or ask a local for upcoming events. Don’t forget to try the maple syrup!
5. Leaf Peeping
Vermont’s fall foliage is famous for its brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Route 100 is a well-known route for leaf-peeping. However, there are many routes to choose from. Just remember to be safe and courteous to other drivers!
6. Adams Family Farm
Ride horses or feed the farm animals at Adams Family Farm in Wilmington, VT. The staff gives you a basket of various feed with instructions on the animals’ diets. This is a great learning experience for kids (and city-adults)!
7. Mike’s Maze
This one is in Massachusetts but its pretty close to Southern Vermont! Mike’s Maze in Sunderland, MA is no ordinary corn maze. They decide on a different theme each year. Then, they create unique patterns in the maze to coincide with the theme. Check out their website to find out what the theme is this year!
8. Madame Sherri’s Castle
Explore an abandoned castle in the woods of Chesterfield, NH right across the bridge from Brattleboro, VT. Remnants of Madame Sherri’s elaborate home still remain.
9. Ben & Jerry’s
Take a factory tour of Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury, VT. Observe the process of ice cream production. At the end of the tour, you will receive a free sample. Don’t fret if you leave wanting more! They sell their ice cream on-site.
10. Candlepin Bowling
Candlepin bowling is a New England style of bowling using thinner pins and light-weight bowling balls without finger holes. I loved this variation because I have an irrational fear of breaking my fingers while bowling. Also, G Baby was able to play! Candlepin bowling is very kid-friendly. Check out North Star Bowl in Wilmington, VT.
Boston, MA is 2 hours away from Brattleboro, VT. The city is full of history and beauty. Check out Harvard University in Cambridge You can take the subway from Boston. While you’re visiting, check out Mr. Bartley’s for gourmet burgers with unique names like the “Kim Jong-Un”. Check out their full menu.
Salem, MA is 2 hours away from Brattleboro, VT. You can take a ferry between Boston and Salem if you want to visit both. The city was the site of the Salem Witch Trials.
3. New York City
New York City is 3.5 hours away from Brattleboro, VT. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk through Central Park. Ride the ferry to Staten Island and back. All three are 100% free.
This list includes my top activities in Southern Vermont during the summer and fall. What are your favorite things to do in the area? Let me know in the comments! Want to know more about Vermont? Check out my article A Travel Nurse’s Adventure in Southern Vermont.
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