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Between natural wonders, wildlife and arts and crafts, Southern Vermont is an ideal place to explore with the family. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best things to do with kids in the southern part of the state:
1. Trek Vermont’s little Grand Canyon. Quechee Gorge is perhaps the state’s most visited attraction — you can overlook the impressive gorge and rushing whitewater flowing 165 feet below. Take a short and family-friendly 20-minute hike to the base of the torrents where you can wade into the calm section beyond.
2. Learn science the fun way. The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich is small but first-rate, designed to be very interactive, educational and hands-on for kids. Most of it is indoors but the outdoor attractions are impressive, especially a scale model of the solar system that inspires kids to grasp the vast distances between the planets by walking the model in pedestrian scale.
3. Live like an early settler. At the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, life goes on as it would have for farmers two centuries ago — milking cows by hand, churning butter and using period tools to work the land. Children adore this interactive living museum. Bonus: Visitors can even try the freshly made butter.
4. Shop the quintessential general store. Traditional general stores are a vanishing breed — except in Vermont. The most famous is the Vermont Country Store, which is stocked to the rafters with penny candies, oddball devices and things you didn’t know you needed. Two other similar stores of note are Dan & Whit’s in Norwich, carrying everything from hunting boots and cow bells to sushi wrappers, and F. H. Gillingham & Sons in Woodstock, which sells vintage Bordeaux alongside classic wooden toys and fishing gear.
5. Explore the mountain. Bromley ski resort in southwestern Vermont has the state’s largest adventure park open from spring to fall. It has one of the world’s longest alpine slides, mini-golf, bumper boats, Vermont’s longest water slide, a zip line for younger kids, the state’s largest zip line canopy park for older kids, and the Sun Mountain Flyer, a thrilling downhill zip line that reaches speeds up to 50 miles per hour.