Vermont and Stowe in particular can offer as perfect a vacation destination as you’re going to find with kids this summer because once you get here you won’t have to guzzle gas.
You’ll be too busy hiking, biking (Stowe has more than five miles of recreational path, complete with swimming holes where kids can jump in at will), fishing, playing golf or tennis, kayaking and eating ice cream.
You can also find hot-air ballooning, spas, (Stowe, with less than 5,000 residents, now has three, including the new wellness program at Stowe Mountain Lodge), an outdoor concert, alpine slides, the bungee trampoline at Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort.
If someone in your family has a disability, it does not have to deter you from an outdoors-oriented getaway. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports can arrange for you to kayak, canoe, horseback ride and more.
If it rains, there are plenty of kid-friendly museums like the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, and ECHO, a new lake aquarium and science center in Burlington.
Vermont is the kind of place where the kids — and you — can step out of your comfort zone and try something new like kayaking or mountain biking, milking a cow, taking a harp lesson or joining a kids’ fishing derby at Trapp Family Lodge, even dog sledding in summer.
You won’t have to arrange organized (expensive) activities every hour of the day either and can kick back and explore on foot, on bikes, on rollerblades and in all variety of boats.