Shelburne Museum#1 in Best Things To Do in Burlington, VT
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.
The museum is also on the grounds of the full Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. Approximately 8 miles south of downtown Burlington, the Shelburne Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From May to October, admission costs $25 for adults, $14 for youths ages 13 to 17 and $12 for children ages 5 to 12; from November to April prices are reduced to $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. On-site parking is available for free. For more information, visit the museum's official website.
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#2 Ben & Jerry's
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.
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