Ben & Jerry's#2 in Best Things To Do in Burlington, VT
Located just outside Burlington is the one and only Ben & Jerry's Factory where the famous ice cream is manufactured. Take a 30-minute tour of the factory to get an inside look at the company's history, manufacturing process and how they create the unique flavors they are so well known for. The tour is offered every day, except specific holidays, and includes a free sample of ice cream along the way. There is also a Scoop Shop where you can enjoy your favorite flavors in freshly baked waffle cones, as well as milkshakes or sundaes. After the tour, plan to stop by the Flavor Graveyard, where you'll find discontinued flavors like Vermonty Python and Ethan Almond, memorialized with mock gravestones and flavor descriptions. During the warmer months, guests are encouraged to sit outside around the playground area to take in the views of the Worcester Mountain Range.
Past visitors praised the factory tours and said it was a great activity for a rainy day. Some suggested visiting in the morning to beat the afternoon crowds.
The factory is located in Waterbury, Vermont, about 30 minutes east of Burlington. It's best reached by car. Hours vary by season, but generally, the facility is open daily from 9 or 10 a.m. to 6, 7 or 9 p.m. The last tour leaves one hour prior to closing time. Tickets are free for participants 12 and younger and cost $4 for adults $3 for seniors. You can buy tickets daily in person only on a first-come, first-served basis. During summer, fall and the holiday season, tours can sell out quickly, so plan ahead or you might have to wait in line. Find out more information at the official website.
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#1 Shelburne Museum
From weathervanes, quilts and American art to transplanted 1950s-era homes, a railroad station and a fully outfitted steamboat, the Shelburne Museum really does have a little of everything on display. Nearly 40 buildings, filled with various exhibits, span the museum's 45 acres. There's even a respectable collection of impressionist paintings, featuring the works of Degas, Cassatt, Manet and Monet.
Recent visitors were equally impressed with the museum's artifacts as they were with its grounds. You can spend hours learning about the exquisite displays and buildings, but also mosey along the grounds simply taking in the beautiful scenery.
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