Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory

#6 in Best Things To Do in Stowe, VT
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1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Route 100

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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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.

Reviews of the brief tour are mixed. Some recent visitors felt that the whole experience was a bit lackluster and overrated, while others deemed this activity a must-see when in Stowe. Also, expect crowds year-round.

You'll find Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory in Waterbury, about 9 miles south of Stowe on Route 100. Green Mountain Transit's buses do not make stops near this attraction, but free parking is provided in one of two on-site lots. Other facilities include restrooms, a playground and the Flavor Graveyard, where discontinued ice cream flavors are memorialized. Admission costs $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and is free for kids younger than 12. The 30-minute tours are offered every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. First and last tour hours vary by season, but tours are generally available (on a first-come, first-served basis) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visit Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory's website for more information about tour hours and tickets.

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