Ethan Allen Homestead#6 in Best Things To Do in Burlington, VT
As the former home to one of Vermont's more eccentric founding fathers, the Ethan Allen Homestead is a must visit for any history buff. This 1787 farmhouse, located along the Winooski River, displays artifacts narrating Allen's command of the ragtag Revolutionary War militia, the Green Mountain Boys. But it's also a great example of what life was like during that time period, and the grounds have miles upon miles of trails fit for your exploration.
And it's a kid-friendly attraction, too. Families love the reproduction of antique toys and the section where kids can play archaeologist.
From May to November, the site is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The surrounding grounds are open year-round. General admission will cost you $8, but children and Vermont residents get a discount. For more information, check out the museum's 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.
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