Summer Activities to Enjoy with Kids

Summertime Family Fun.

Vermont summers are short but sublime. Our entire landscape is a playground of sparkling lakes and green mountains. Of all the things you really must do… Camp out. Climb a mountain. Go fishing. Have a picnic. Plus, these favorite local activities!

Water Slide Bromley

Riding the BIG SPLASH at Bromley Mountain Adventure Park

Treats & Sweets.
Wilcox Dairy has been making ice cream since 1929 and their farm is a local landmark. To get there, head south on 7A, past Equinox Valley Nursery. Order up a double scoop (we vote Maple Walnut) and take in the views. They’re nothing short of perfection.

Wilcox Ice Cream Stand Manchester VT

If your sweet tooth calls while you’re strolling downtown, stop by Ben & Jerry’s at Manchester Square or Round About Fro-Yo, across from the Northshire Bookstore.

Hildene Goats

Meet the Cheesemakers!
Your littles will love a tour of historic Hildene with its gorgeous gardens, walking paths, floating boardwalks, and most of all — goats! The solar-powered barn at Hildene Farm is home to a herd of these Nubian cuties. You can pet them, feed them, and learn all about the cheese-making process.

Emerald Lake State Park

Spend the Day Lakeside.
Just north of Manchester, Emerald Lake State Park boasts a cozy beach, picnic area, snack bar, and boat rentals. You can swim, fish, or take a pedal boat around the little island. Pure Vermont and best of summer!

horseback riding manchester vt

Take a Trail Ride.
One of the best ways to explore our beautiful landscape is atop a well-trained horse! Danby’s Chipman Stables offer guided trail rides seven days a week, weather permitting, for beginners and experienced riders. You can’t beat the views or the company. For a really memorable adventure, arrange a sunset ride and bonfire with your crew. Also in Danby, stop by Mountain View Ranch, where they offer four seasons of riding on horses eager to give you and your family a great experience in the beautiful mountains of Vermont. Looking for something a little more local? Check out Jim Fisher Stable right here in Manchester for horseback riding lessons and equestrian camps.

Bromley Mountain's Alpine Slide

Bromley’s Alpine Slide

Up the Speed!
Zipline through an Aerial Adventure Park. Whoosh down the famous Alpine Slide. Saddle up for the Sun Mountain Flyer. If you bring the kids to Bromley, you’ll be the Vacation Hero. Opens Memorial Day Weekend for the season.

Bromley Zip Rider

Daredevil down the mountain on the Zip Rider!

Ride the River.
What’s better than a sunny day, a bunch of tubes and a cool, clean river? The folks at Battenkill Canoe & Kayak can hook you up with gear and shuttle you to drop off, but plan on 30 minutes there and back from Manchester. Worth it if you plan to spend the day afloat, soaking up the sun and scenery!

Summer Fun! Photo © Camping on the Battenkill

Summer Fun! Photo © Camping on the Battenkill

Blast the Clays.
Older kids will love a go at Covey & Nye’s Sporting Clays Course. One of the top instructional programs in the country, the Covey & Nye School is managed by renowned expert Lars Jacob. Lessons are designed to suit your expertise and run 90 minutes.

Summer Dorset Quarry Swimming Hole

Take a Dip.
Dating to 1785, Dorset Quarry is the first commercial marble quarry in the nation. While the extracted stone was used for hearths, doorsills, and headstones, it was also incorporated into the New York Public Library Building! Today, fed by natural springs, it’s a treasured local swimming hole. If you visit, be respectful! The quarry is located on private land and rules and regs are posted.

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive Manchester VT

PC: Vermontology

See for Miles.
Take the winding drive up Mount Equinox to a breathtaking panorama of mountain splendor. Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges all within view! Save a few minutes to explore the exhibits.

Pick Your Own Manchester VT

Farmer’s Markets & Pick-Your-Own!
Grab a taste of summer at area Farmer’s Markets. Buy fresh fruit, flowers, and veggies. Hear music and meet the makers. In Manchester, Thursday afternoons at Adams Park. In Dorset, Sunday mornings at Williams Store. In season, Dutton Farm Stand offers pick-your-own strawberries (a short,  pretty drive to Newfane) and East Dorset’s Mad Tom Orchard, raspberry picking galore.

Equinox Pond

Hike to the Pond.
The Equinox Nature Preserve is a local treasure — 900+ acres of hardwood forest, protected by the Equinox Preservation Trust, the Nature Conservancy, and the Vermont Land Trust. It’s trail system loops and winds for eleven miles along the side of the mountain, with a mainline to the summit. The Pond Loop is perfect for a casual outing, and little hikers. Dogs are welcome on leashes!

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