Summer Things to do in Vermont This Year

Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Ellen Christian

There are so many summer things to do in Vermont. Vermont has a little bit of everything for everyone. There are a lot of Vermont attractions.

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Summer Things to do in Vermont - Wilson Castle

Summer Things to do in Vermont

When the weather is nice during the summer, I love spending outside time visiting local attractions. I spend most of the time in the winter inside so getting to be outside again is very welcome! I’m sharing a few of my favorite summer things to do in Vermont but there are many more than I have mentioned below.

Wilson Castle

Wilson Castle was built in the middle of the 19th century in the heart of the Green Mountains. The estate is located in Proctor, Vermont on the West Proctor Road and is a short drive from Rutland, Vermont. The Castle has been the home of five generations of the Wilson family.

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The design is a blend of European styles and the facade of the Castle is set with English brick and marble with nineteen open proscenium arches, a turret, parapet and balcony. Not only can you wander through the castle, you can also take a walk through the grounds and the gardens.

Summer Things to do in Vermont - Historic Cemeteries

Historic Cemeteries

Historic Cemeteries are located all over Vermont. You often find them located at the older churches but many state and town owned cemeteries have older sections as well. Stop in the Town Clerk’s Office in any small Vermont town and ask them for directions to the local historic cemeteries.

Then spend a fun afternoon looking at the names and the engraving on each stone. Some of the stonework is gorgeous!

Summer Things to do in Vermont


The Floating Boardwalk at Hildene is one of my favorite summer spots. Hildene is the family home of Robert Lincoln. Robert Lincoln was the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood.

As an adult, he returned to Vermont and purchased 500 acres of land to build what would become the Lincoln family home for 70 years. 412 acres of the original estate are still intact.

Summer Things to do in Vermont - Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum is a museum of art and Americana containing over 150,000 works displayed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were re-located to the museum grounds. The museum contains impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a wonderful selection of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts.

The founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960), was a pioneering collector of American folk art and founded Shelburne Museum in 1947.

Summer things to do in Vermont

Take advantage of the warm weather to get outside and visit Vermont. Stop by the beach at Lake Bomoseen. Wander through the Wildflower Farm in Charlotte. Or just pack a picnic lunch and stop at one of the State Parks for the afternoon. Montshire Museum of Science is a great place to visit with kids. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is fun for the entire family.

26 thoughts on “Summer Things to do in Vermont This Year”

  1. ohhh fun! I've never been to Vermont but would LOVE to go !:) anything will be better then arzona!!! its 115 degress today!!!!!!! AGH!
  2. I would love to visit that castle and I love historic cemeteries, they are always full of neat things to see (not sure how morbid that sounds but its true.) Vermont looks beautiful!
  3. Vermont is one state I've never had the pleasure of visiting. I always see such nice photos - it makes me want to move there (except in the winter).
  4. The Shelburne Museum looks like an amazing place. I love the architecture of the building. I would love to take my kids there. I have never been to Vermont before. 
  5. Vermont is so far away from where I live, and I have always thought that it is such a beautiful state, and after seeing these pictures there are a lot of wonderful sites to see in Vermont. You are so lucky to live there-I want to visit there someday!
  6. Great list of things to do in VT, Ellen! Every year (at least once a year) we head over to Quechee Gorge and then up to Killington to ride the Gondola to the top and hike down. It's a great little day trip for us, and not too far from home. Vermont has such a rich history, there's never a shortage of historical sites to visit either!
  7. Wilson Castle is the #1 thing I'd like to do from your list. I love looking at old buildings. Allergies definitely bother me when I'm outside, so I'll have to check out Flonase to see if it would help! 
  8. I have never been to Vermont, but if I ever visit I will be sure to go and see the Wilson Castle. Thank you for sharing this post.
  9. Vermont is amazingly beautiful. I am an unfortunate one and have traveled very little. This looks like a great place to visit.
  10. I definitely had the wrong perspective of Vermont.  I had no idea that there were so many historical and beautiful places to see and visit.  I wish it  weren't so far up the coast from me.
  11. We have yet to visit Vermont, but it is quite a beautiful place to see. The Wilson castle would be at the top of my list though of place to see. This places looks so historic and learning about it's history would be nice.

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