Recreation and Culture

No matter what the season, Vermont has an abundance of recreational and cultural activities to keep you active and busy.


Vermont has 52 state parks and over 800 lakes and ponds and over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams for hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and more! For more information, visit the Vermont State Parks website or the Green Mountain Club.

And if you love winter, our world class ski industry features 19 alpine and over 30 cross country ski areas. Visit the Vermont Ski Areas Association to find out more.

Just a few of the many places for alpine and cross country skiing, telemarking, snowshoeing, mountain biking and hiking in central Vermont are:


Once you've tired yourself out recreating, you will find plenty of fine art, theater and music venues in Vermont to explore. Go to the Vermont Arts Council to see what is happening around the state, or check out these local venues:

Great Location

In addition, Montpelier is only 30 minutes by car to Burlington, Vermont and 2 1/2 hours to Montréal, Canada, where cultural activities, great restaurants and recreational activities abound. For more information about things to do in Burlington and Montreal, go to:

Driving Time from Montpelier to:
Burlington, VT30 minutes
Montreal, QC2.5 hours
Boston, MA3 hours
New York, NY5.5 hours

And More!

Our historical downtown areas feature a wonderful and unique assortment of local shopping opportunities, not to mention the many farmers’ markets, pick-your-own-fields and Community Supported Agriculture Programs. To find out more, visit:

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