Stowe, VT Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Stowe, VT

Stowe is a year-round, outdoorsy destination. Hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing are the spring and summer's main activities. Must-visit trails include Stowe Recreation Path and those found at Moss Glen Falls. Autumn brings great leaf peeping opportunities along Smugglers' Notch State Park. Winter sports are big here, too, so if playing powder hound is your aim, head to a resort like Stowe Mountain to scratch your skiing itch. Or, learn more about the sport at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Other popular pastimes include touring the Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory and snowshoeing at Trapp Family Lodge.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated February 22, 2017

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    Things to do in Stowe, VT
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    #1 in Stowe, VT
    Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    As avid fans of "The Sound of Music" already know, the real von Trapp family was a musical troupe that toured the world after their escape fromSalzburg, Austria, in 1938. As the family business became lucrative, the von Trapps purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe and settled down to live

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    Stowe Recreation Path
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    #2 in Stowe, VT
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    If you love exploring the great outdoors, then odds are you'll enjoy Stowe Recreation Path. This 5.5-mile-long greenway weaves its way between Stowe Village andTopnotch Resort. Motorized vehicles are not permitted here, so you can walk, run, bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski or rollerblade freely along the path.

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    Stowe Mountain Resort
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    #3 in Stowe, VT
    Hiking, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    It might not be the biggest ski resort around, but Stowe Mountain Resort is still the place to go for skiers and snowboarders in northern Vermont. Why? The resort offers a wide variety of trails, from double-black diamonds on Mt. Mansfield's "Fourrunner Quad" to the beginner terrain at the base

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    Smugglers' Notch State Park
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    #4 in Stowe, VT
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools
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    Smugglers' Notch State Park earned its unique name during the 19th and early 20th centuries when its towering cliffs aided illegal trade between the United States and Canada. Goods were transported through the park's narrow pass – now a toll road – which is lined with 1,000-foot cliffs.

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    Moss Glen Falls
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    #5 in Stowe, VT
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    Tucked within eastern Stowe next to CC Putnam State Forest, Moss Glen Falls features a series of cascading waterfalls. To access these falls, you'll need to hike along the Moss Glen Falls Trail, which spans nearly 3 miles. Follow the trail to the right and you'll reach the base of the

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    Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum
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    Museums, Sports
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    When you need a break fromStowe Mountain Resort's slopes, take a peek in this quirky little museum. Nestled in downtown Stowe, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum aims to "collect, preserve and celebrate Vermont's skiing and snowboarding history." Items found on display here include various skis, boots and chair lifts.

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    Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory
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    #7 in Stowe, VT
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    Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory churns out delicious Chunky Monkey, Phish Food and other ice cream flavors in the nearby town of Waterbury, Vermont. Visitors are invited to watch the sweet treat being made on a factory tour, which includes a free sample.

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