Ice Cream Teddy Bears and more

Burlington Vermont has a lot to offer the visitor and the local resident. Even though you can stay in the city and find plenty to keep you entertained, from time to time you may just want to get away for a day trip. There are several very interesting places to go within just an easy drive that will be suitable for every member of the family.

Ben and Jerry’s

Do you like ice cream? For most people the answer will be yes. If you do, a trip to the ben and Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont will be an interesting and tasty trip. The tours begin in The Cow’s Over the Moon Theater. Here you will learn about the founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield who turned their dream into a reality in this small Vermont town. From the theatre you will be given a birds eye view of production in the ice cream factory and hear all the facts. Now comes the tasty part, the visit to the Flavoroom to sample the flavor of the day. Tours take about 30 minutes and are available year round. The cost is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children 12 and under.

Vermont Teddy Bear  

Located in Shelburne, Vermont, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company offers a very interesting tour that not only shows how their bears are produced but introduces you to their bear hospital where toys that have met with an accident are repaired and sent back to their delighted owners. There is a very large store as well as a make your own bear area. This is especially fun for children but is entertaining enough to keep adults happy.

The Shelburne Museum 

A visit to the Shelburne Museum can take half a day or more. There is so much to see and do. There is also a restaurant on the grounds so that you can plan to have lunch here as well. There is art, historic buildings, barns, decorative arts and more on the site. It may be of more interest to older children as opposed to the little ones but it certainly is an amazing  place to visit.

Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms offers a great learning experience. It is a 1400 acre working farm that includes a children’s farm year, a cheese making operation and lots of trails to explore. During the warmer months there are also guided tours available.


If you have a passport or a passport card, it is less than 2 hours from Burlington to Montreal, Canada. The city has so much history and tradition to offer and it makes an easy day trip.  Visit one of the historic sites, enjoy a delightful French lunch or dinner or try your luck at the casino. A trip to Montreal is sure to delight every member of the family.

While there is plenty to do in Burlington, these few places offer a chance to see a little of what the surrounding area has to offer. This is just the tip of the iceberg, there is much more in this very popular area.