Points of Interest
Listed below are a number of the specific points of interest in the Central Vermont region. Some are heavily visited, others are known primarily to locals. Visitors can enjoy them all.
FARMERS' MARKETS -- Each one is unique and full of bargains you don't want to miss out on. No matter what you're looking for, you're sure to find it at one of Central Vermont's Farmers' Markets!
HISTORIC WALKING TOURS -- Central Vermont's cities and villages are filled with historic and architecturally significant buildings. Montpelier, Barre and Waterbury have brochures for self-guided tours of downtown buildings.
ROCK OF AGES QUARRY -- The world's largest granite quarry, located southeast of Barre. Sheer cliffs descend 475 feet to quarry floor below. Tourist center describes the process which transforms this gray stone into beautiful monuments and sculpture which endures for centuries. Shuttle tours Mon. - Fri.
CRAFTSMEN CENTER -- A mile from the quarry. Observation platform allows visitors to see granite cut, carved and polished. Personal sandblasting, bowling on outdoor granite alley available.
HOPE CEMETERY -- A veritable outdoor museum of fine granite carvings in Barre. Local cemeteries are the final resting place for family and friends of the world's most skilled granite artisans. Self-guided cell phone tour packets for the cemetery available at Rock of Ages.
BARRE OPERA HOUSE -- Dormant for 40 years this historic structure has been elegantly restored to again host the performing arts in downtown Barre.
GRANITE SCULPTURE -- Three separate carvings are located in downtown Barre. "Youth Triumphant" in the center of town was dedicated on Armistice Day, 1924. The "Burns Monument," to poet Robert Burns, has stood nearby since 1899. The Italian-American monument in Dente Park was dedicated Nov. 9, 1985.
BRAGG FARM SUGAR HOUSE -- For a free tour of an old-fashioned sugar house or a walk through the woods where nearly 2,000 buckets collect sap. On Route 14 north in East Montpelier. Gift shop offers a selection of local handicrafts, specialty foods and cheeses. Mail order available. Open daily, year-round.
VERMONT STATE HOUSE -- The Capitol is the pride of Vermont. Its gold-leaf dome (real gold) shines brightly against the wooded hillside in downtown Montpelier. The interior is adorned with marble floors, spiral staircases and finely carved wood trim. Tours of this magnificent building are available during the summer months and fall foliage. Closed Sundays.
USS MONTPELIER MUSEUM - Montpelier, the birth place of Admiral George Dewey, has been a sea town without shores since the 1800's. The ships that have carried the City's name, served our country well, achieving highest honors, both above and beneath the waves. Montpelier is proud of its Naval Tradition and those who have served on them. Museum presents the ships and their history. City Hall, Montpelier, regular business hours.
VERMONT HISTORY MUSEUM -- Adjacent to the Capitol complex in Montpelier, the building was formerly a hotel. Authentically reconstructed, it provides a spacious gallery featuring exhibits on various topics on Vermont history using artifacts from the Society's extensive collection. Book and gift shop.
HUBBARD PARK & TOWER -- Wooded park of 180 acres with walk-in off Terrace Street, just blocks from the Capitol. Haven for picnics and nature walks. Fifty-foot stone observation tower, city's highest point, provides spectacular view of surrounding countryside.
WOOD ART GALLERY -- On the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier, the gallery maintains a display of the paintings of Thomas Waterman Wood and the works of regional contemporary artists and craftsmen.
LOST NATION THEATER -- Named "Best of Vermont" by Vermont Magazine, Lost Nation Theater has been creating and presenting first-rate productions of contemporary plays, classics, and original works for more than twenty years. The company creates an intimate chamber theater within Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. In residence year-round, Lost Nation's highest-profile activity is its Summer Theater Series featuring five different shows, five nights a week, June through October.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- Off Route 12 north of Montpelier. Ideal for a family picnic at the beach. Bring a boat or canoe and enjoy the wildlife, especially beaver and heron. Volleyball and softball fields, picnic tables, grills, nature trail and group shelter available.
MORSE FARM & SUGAR HOUSE -- See how maple sugaring works from trees to finished products. Maple trail to walk. Free sugar house tours and syrup tasting. Maple, crafts and mail order shop. County Road, Montpelier. Cross-country skiing in winter.
COVERED WOODEN BRIDGES -- Although the region is rich in these relics of an earlier day, they are most prominent in Northfield Falls. Nestled in this small community are four such bridges, two of which can be seen from one vantage point, the only location in New England where this occurs. On Route 12, two miles from Northfield.
SULLIVAN MILITARY MUSEUM -- On the campus of Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college. Exhibits interpreting the history of the institution and achievements of alumni. Located on Route 12 in Northfield about 10 minutes south of Montpelier. Free admission. Call 485-2000 for summer hours.
KNAPP AIRPORT -- About four miles from Exit 7 of Interstate 89. A local airport serving Barre, Montpelier and surrounding communities with a terminal just feet from the runway.
SPIDER WEB FARM -- Harvesting real spider webs in Williamstown. The owner, who has appeared on national television with Charles Kuralt and others, lifts the delicate webs onto a wood surface and preserves it for posterity. Watch him work and take home one of nature's most artistic creations. Call for hours 802-433-5568.
LIMEHURST WATER SLIDE -- Ride down the 250 foot slide at Limehurst Lake, which is privately owned. Swimming, beach, picnic areas and campground in Williamstown. Boat rentals and trailer hookups.
FLOATING BRIDGE -- Spanning the narrows of Sunset Lake in Brookfield is a floating bridge buoyed by pontoons. Swimming from the bridge is customary while fishermen are also frequent visitors. Rebuilt in 2015, vehicular crossings are once again welcomed, and the bridge is handicapped accessible.
CABOT CREAMERY -- Located in the village of Cabot, the dairy cooperative produces a wide range of cheddar cheeses of exceptional quality as well as other dairy products. Visitors may tour the plant and watch the production process. The visitors center has a variety of Vermont foods and crafts.
COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL -- A working apple cider mill which hosts 200,000 guests a year. Watch the apples being pressed into cider. In addition the mill has its own specialty bakery. Although apple delicacies dominate, a variety of taste-tempters are available. On Route 100 six miles north of Waterbury.
BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM -- Fun and educational 30-minutes guided ice cream factory tour. Tours run daily, seven days a week. Full service gift and scoop shop.
WATERBURY DAM RECREATION AREA -- State operated reservoir with many free access points. Boat launches, fishing, groomed beach and picnic areas. Fed by runoff from the mountains, water is constantly flowing and crystal clear. Boat rentals on premises.
CAMEL'S HUMP STATE PARK -- In the northern half of Vermont's Green Mountains, Camel's Hump is easily recognized by its unique double-humped profile. The park allows for hiking, camping, and some great views.
LITTLE RIVER STATE PARK -- Central Vermont's largest camping area. There are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, and miles of hiking trails. Also, it is centrally located for many other attractions in Central Vermont.
BRIDGE STREET MARKETPLACE -- A restored block of five historic buildings (circa 1860) in Waitsfield Village. Adjacent to one of the area's finest covered wooden bridges.
DOWNHILL SKIING -- Sugarbush, Sugarbush North and Mad River Glen combine in Fayston, Warren and Waitsfield to provide one of the nation's most complete ski resorts. Central Vermont gives you the best skiing, cross-country or downhill, in the East.
WARREN AIRPORT -- Warren-Sugarbush Airport is operated by the Sugarbush Soaring Association. One of the world's premier soaring sites with a soaring club, flight instruction, glider rides and rentals.
OUTDOOR RECREATION -- A wide variety of outdoor summer activies is available. A click here will provide an overview and links to more information.
MILLSTONE HILL TOURING & RECREATION CENTER -- Over 1500 acres of unique terrain, with over 70 miles of senic trails, provide access to dozens of historic quarry sites. At Millstone Hill there is something for every outdoor enthusiast: Over 50 miles of challenging single-track mountain bike trails; Over 20 miles of scenic hiking trails leading to spectacular "grout" pile lookouts; miles of abandoned rail beds and old quarry roads providing moderate trails for family biking and 40 kilometers of groomed snowshoe and cross country ski trails for winter enjoyment.
THUNDER ROAD SPEEDWAY -- The "Nation's Site of Excitement" is Barre's own Thunder Road. This is a quarter mile, high-banked, short-track. Racing Junkyard Warriors, Allen Lumber Street Stock, Napa Flying Tigers, and the ACT Late Models. Racing most Thursday evenings and some Sundays spring through fall. Affordable family entertainment.
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