*July 23, 2020 – This story has been updated to reflect the reopening of Hildene.
Vermont attractions and destinations are reopening just in time for the summer season.
As COVID-19 travel restrictions are starting to ease across the state, Vermont museums, ski area adventure parks, retail flagship stores, and historic sites are gearing up to welcome visitors.
Still, this summer will feel undeniably different. Some major destinations, including the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, have limited offerings.
Ben & Jerry’s, a top tourism destination, is currently not offering factory tours at its Waterbury location (you can still stop by the scoop shop, which is offering window service and curbside pick up).
But the good news is that you can still experience Vermont, even if it’s not quite the same this year.
Before you visit any Vermont attractions or destinations, be sure to check online or call ahead for updates. You can also find information about travel restrictions at www.vermontvacation.com.
Here’s a list of popular Vermont attractions reopening.
Vermont Attractions Reopening Schedule
Shelburne Museum – July 30
6000 Shelburne Road/Route 7, Shelburne
Mount Snow (Scenic lift rides) – June 26
Route 100, West Dover
Stowe Auto Toll Road – June 27
Route 108, Stowe
Bromley Mountain Adventure Park – June 27
3984 Route 11, Peru
Billings Farm & Museum – June 27 (open to members June 25-26)
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
Okemo Mountain Resort – June 27 (Timber Ripper coaster, scenic lift rides, golf, disc golf)
77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow
Fairbanks Museum – July 1
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury
Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site – July 1 (Museum & Education Center only)
Route 100A, Plymouth Notch
Bennington Museum – July 3
75 Main Street, Bennington
Southern Vermont Art Center – July 4
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, West Road, Manchester
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain – July 4-5 (open to members June 27-28)
1 College Street, Burlington
Montshire Museum – July 8 (open to members July 1-5)
1 Montshire Road, Norwich
Stowe Scenic Gondola Rides – July 18
Route 108, Stowe
Vermont Attractions Now Open
American Precision Museum in Windsor
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover
Dog Chapel and Stephen Huneck Gallery in St. Johnsbury
Hildene, The Lincoln and Family Home in Manchester
Update as of July 23: Trails and gardens open. The home and Pullman Car platform re-opened to guests. Limited capacities and masks required.
Killington Resort (bike park, Adventure Center open; scenic lift rides open July 3)
King Arthur Flour in Norwich
Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock
New England Maple Museum in Pittsford
Orvis Flagship Store in Manchester
Simon Pearce Flagship Store, Restaurant & Glassblowing Workshop in Quechee
Spirit of Ethan Allen cruises in Burlington on Lake Champlain
Vermont Country Store in Weston and Rockingham
Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee
If you come across other places that are open, please comment below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe travels, and happy summer!