Ten New England Cities to Explore during the Fall Season
There is no more magical place (IMO) to be during the fall season than New England. (Sidebar: Although, I would probably say that for every season!). Many people descend on New England towns for the foliage, the festivals, and the food!.And while those are great reasons to visit, they won’t necessarily keep your kids as engaged as you might hope. A couple of years ago we shared this post about specific fall themed activities kids will love (and they ALL still hold true!) but this week we thought we’d share some places that have multiple activities the whole family will enjoy (and we’re including our “neighbors” in New York for a couple of bonuses.) These cities offer year round activities, but the beauty of fall is abundant in all of these spots.
10 Ways to Explore Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, VT
The original home to American conservationist George Perkins Marsh and later transformed by Frederick Billings after the Civil War, Billings Farm and Museum opened as a museum in 1983. Located right outside the downtown village of Woodstock, Vermont, the 200+ acre complex includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, plenty of opportunities to get up close to farm animals, and daily activities and special programs. The museum opens for the season this week and is open every day through October. The farm and museum operate in conjunction with the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, located across the street. Tours of the mansion and garden are offered from late May through the end of October. Find more information here.
13 Places to Eat in Woodstock, Vermont
We recently spent a long weekend in Woodstock, Vermont and enjoyed so many family friendly activities and attractions: everything from hiking to museums to plenty of good meals. You can read our full City Guide to Woodstock here; it includes other nearby Vermont villages and the town of Hanover, New Hampshire (home to Dartmouth College and just over the border from Woodstock). This week we thought we’d share 10 great spots for a meal, drink, or snack in the greater Woodstock area. Disclaimer: Some restaurants had restricted hours due to pandemic restrictions and time of year when we visited in February of 2022. It’s always best to check a business’s website and give them a call to confirm before heading out to explore.
10 Family Friendly Winter Activities in Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock, Vermont is a quintessential New England town. Located one hour south of the Vermont capital of Montpelier and just over two hours from Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut, Woodstock has a population of just over 3,000 but swells with visitors in both the popular foliage and summer seasons. Many of the activities center around nature: skiing, hiking, fishing, biking, and swimming, but there are also plenty of historical museums, hands-on centers, tons of family fun, and plenty of beautiful shops (if the kids can be entertained). We visited Woodstock in the summertime many years ago, but found that winter is also a great time to visit when we returned last month. While fact checking logistics, we found woodstockvt.com helpful with places to explore, dining and shopping suggestions, and calendars of events.
18 Ways to Have Fun at The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT
On a recent trip to Woodstock, Vermont, one of our first stops was the Montshire Museum of Science, located in nearby Norwich. I had heard many positive things about Montshire from other bloggers, and the museum did not disappoint. The four floors of indoor museum exhibits are light and open and we were shocked to learn that the current space opened in 1989- we swore it must had been recently renovated because it looked so updated and clean.
10 Ways to Have Fun at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, VT
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, Vermont is a 47 acre complex that includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Forest Canopy Walk, three hiking trails, a Meadow Walk, a Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, adventure playscape, and plenty of classrooms and exhibition spaces. Opened in 1972, the programs featured at VINS focus on conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation of wildlife. The center is the perfect, family friendly way to explore nature and learn about the local wildlife.