Ethan Allen Homestead#9 in Best Things To Do in Burlington, VT
As the former home of 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.
What's more, it's a kid-friendly attraction. Families love the reproduction of antique toys and the section where kids can play archaeologist.
From May to October, the site is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The surrounding grounds are open year-round. General admission will cost you $10, with discounts for children and students. Ground tours are also offered everyday throughout the day. 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. 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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