Things To Do in Southern Vermont

The adjacent communities of Manchester, Dorset, Winhall, and Stratton are a one-stop Vermont vacation destination with world-class skiing, outdoor adventures, beautiful scenery, a vibrant cultural scene, and historic points of interest. Everything you want to see or do in Vermont is right here in these southern Vermont communities, making the Northshire the perfect destination for your visit to the Green Mountain State.
 

Select from this list of our most popular communities and discover all of their wonderful recreational activities available. Simply click on a town below:
Dorset Area • Manchester Area • Stratton Area • Winhall Area • Londonderry Area

Dorset

Bley House Museum: This small museum is the home of the Dorset Historical Society, and a great place to while away a couple of hours. Highlights include a room dedicated to Dorset’s marble industry, works by local artists and artifacts of days gone by. The Society also holds special events throughout the year.
Address: Corner of Kent Hill Road and Route 30, Dorset VT
Phone: 802-362-0331

Dorset Farmers Market: Locations vary depending on the season for this year-round market featuring live music and vendors hawking locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal meats and cheeses, baked goods, preserves, crafts and fun foods. Sundays, 10 to 2.
Address: HN Williams, 2732 Route 30, Dorset VT (Summer)
JK Adams, 1430 Route 30, Dorset, VT (Winter)
Phone: 802-353-9656 

Dorset Field Club: A members-only private golf course with fitness center, paddle courts and golf simulators, plus snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on groomed trails in the winter.
Address: 112 Church Street Dorset VT
Phone: 802-867-4002 

Dorset Playhouse and Dorset Summer Theatre: A Dorset institution since 1929, staging amateur productions by the Dorset Players off-season, and in the summer, professional live performances by the Dorset Theater Festival.
Address: 104 Cheney Road, Dorset VT
Phone: 802-867-5777 

Dorset Hiking Trails: See a trail map and full details at dorsetvt.org/hike

Dorset Quarry: This popular swimming hole is the site of the historic Norcross-West Marble Quarry. It’s privately owned but open to the public. There’s a fee for parking in the lot.  
Address: 1920 Route 30, Dorset, VT
Phone: 802-768-1923 

Dorset RV Park: This family-friendly campground has sites for both RVs and tents, with laundry, camp store, playground and more.
Address: 1567 Route 30, Dorset VT
Phone: 802-867-5754 

Emerald Lake State Park: Tent and RV camping, walking trails, fishing and picnic grounds, plus beach for swimming or paddling. Open May 27 to Oct. 10.
Address: 65 Emerald Lake Lane. East Dorset, VT
Phone: 802.362.1655 

Merck Forest and Farmland Center: Events, educational activities, rustic backcountry camping and 30 miles of forested trails on a working farm and sustainably managed landscape.
Address: 3270 Route 315, Rupert VT
Phone: 802-394-7836 

The Vermont Summer Festival: Watch equestrian super stars and their riders in world-class competitions, enjoy food and drink and shop a selection of unique on-site boutiques in a picturesque setting. July and August.
Address: 3028 Route 7, East Dorset, VT
Phone: 802-362-0118 (during shows)
 

Londonderry

Ball Mountain Lake and Dam: This impressive site is under the auspices of the US Army Corps of Engineers, who periodically release water for whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking. There are stunning views of Bromley and Stratton Mountains from the top.
Address: Ball Mountain Lane, Jamaica VT

Jamaica State Park: Over 700 acres at the West River offering camping, picnic grounds, swimming and fishing. Hike to Ball Mountain Dam and Hamilton Falls, one of Vermont’s largest waterfalls.
Address: 48 Salmon Hole Lane, Jamaica, VT
Phone: 802-874-4600

Lowell Lake State Park: Day use state park on 102-acre Lowell Lake with hiking trails, fishing, picnicking and a boat launch for canoes and kayaks. No restroom or other facilities.
Address: 260 Ice House Road, Londonderry VT
Phone: 802-824-4035

Magic Mountain: Trails descend 1,500 vertical feet to two summit lifts, plus tree-skiing from boundary-to-boundary, and a challenging disc golf course from May to October.
Address: 495 Magic Mountain Access Road, Londonderry VT
Phone: 802-824-5645

Taylor Farm: 180-year old working farm with friendly cows, goats and horses, plus a shop selling locally produced syrup, cheese and more. Horse-drawn sleigh rides in the winter.
Address: 825 Route 11, Londonderry VT
Phone: 802-824-5690

Viking Nordic Center: Cross-country ski and snowshoe through lovely terrain. Rentals available. There’s also a small café and a shop stocked with Nordic gear.
Address: 615 Little Pond Road, Londonderry VT
Phone: 802-824-3933

Viking Nordic Center: Over 40 vendors offering locally produced vegetables, fruits, breads, meats and cheeses as well as quality crafts. Saturdays 9-1 May to October.
Address: Intersection Routes 100 & 11, Londonderry VT
Phone: 802-379-1097

 

Manchester

American Museum of Fly Fishing: A great place to learn about fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft and industry. Don’t miss the annual Fly Fishing Festival will something for all ages. 
Address: 4070 Main Street, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-3300 

Backroad Discovery Tours: A local guided tour service for newcomers to explore the area’s history, beauty, local lore and fun facts. 
Address: 5183 Main Street, Manchester Center VT
Phone: 802-362-4997 

Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park: Enjoy gorgeous views, walking paths, tennis and basketball courts, athletic fields, a playground and swimming. There’s a dog park, too!
Address: 340 Rec Park Road, Manchester Center VT
Phone: 802-362-1439

Dutton Farm Stand: Shop for Vermont produce and baked goods as well as locally grown plants for the garden. The kids will enjoy visiting with the resident goats and chickens.
Address: 2083 Depot Street, Manchester Center VT
Phone: 802-362-3083

Earth Sky Time Community Farm: A certified organic family farmstead offering homegrown produce, breads, spreads and pastries, that’s also a concert venue during the summer.
Address: 1547 Main Street, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-384-1400 

Equinox Preserve: There are a dozen marked trails open for pedestrian use throughout the Preserve, located at the foot of Mount Equinox.
Address: Trail head locations vary. See trail maps online.  

Equinox Valley Nursery: This nursery and garden center hosts special events for kids and families for Halloween and the Holidays.
Address: 1158 Main Street, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-2610 

Green Mountain Falconry School: Master falconer Rob Waite offers visitors a rare opportunity to handle a trained hawk and share his passion for this ancient sport.
Address:  1550 River Road, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-7873 

The Golf Club at Equinox: Test your ability to hit a variety of shots at this well-manicured course amid spectacular views. Instruction is available.
Address: 3567 Main Street, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-7870 

Heart of the Village Yoga: Offers a wide variety of classes for all ages, plus workshops and retreats. There’s also a boutique offering yoga props, clothing, jewelry and more.
Address: 3556 Main Street, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-9004 

Hildene: Visit the 1905 mansion and grounds of Abraham Lincoln’s son and tour the Pullman Car exhibit, farm and goat dairy and 12 miles of walking trails. There’s a nice gift shop, too.
Address: 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT
Phone: 802-362-1788 

Land Rover Experience: Hone your driving skills in the Green Mountains with expert coaching including navigating steep inclines and descents; in their vehicles or yours.
Address: 80 Union Street Fork, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-0687 

Manchester Designer Outlets: A street boutique shopping experience in a variety of locations throughout town. Visit the website for the store directory.
Address: 65 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT

Manchester Farmer's Market: Open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 6 pm, May 27 to Oct. 7. Vendors include local producers, farmers and artisans.
Address: Adams Park, Main Street & Center Hill Road, Manchester 

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive: Drive to the summit of the highest mountain in the Taconic Range for amazing views, Memorial Day Weekend to October 31.
Address: 6369 Skyline Drive, Sunderland, VT
Phone: 802-362-1114

North Meadow Farm: This small dairy farm makes its own cheese, and sells it at their shop. The petting farm and playground makes it a great stop for families.
Address: 726 North Road, Manchester Center VT
Phone: 802-769-8233

Northshire Bookstore: A large bookstore with a plethora of seating throughout to encourage browsing. Shop for unique gifts, home décor, apparel and greeting cards, too. An entire floor is dedicated to kid’s books and toys.
Address: 4869 Main Street, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-2200 

Pastime Pinball: A family-friendly museum arcade with over 60 top-rated pinball machines, set to free pay. Pay admission at the door for unlimited fun.
Address: 4802 Main Street, Manchester Center VT
Phone: 802-366-1200 

Southern Vermont Arts Center: An active community of artists and others, and home to permanent and revolving exhibits, concerts, education, workshops and summer camps.
Address: 930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester VT
Phone: 802-362-1405
 

Stratton

Ball Mountain Lake and Dam: This impressive site is under the auspices of the US Army Corps of Engineers, who periodically release water for whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking. There are stunning views of Bromley and Stratton Mountains from the top.
Address: Ball Mountain Lane, Jamaica VT

Day Spa at Stratton Resort: Offering signature packages, massage, skin treatments and more. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.
Address: 8C Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain Vt
Phone: 802-297-4772

Jamaica State Park: Over 700 acres at the West River offering camping, picnic grounds, swimming and fishing. Hike to Ball Mountain Dam and Hamilton Falls, one of Vermont’s largest waterfalls.
Address: 48 Salmon Hole Lane, Jamaica, VT
Phone: 802-874-4600

Stratton Adventures: Paintball and guided ATV and snowmobile tours, in season and by advance reservation.
Address: Sun Bowl Road, Stratton VT
Phone: 802-379-1483

Stratton Mountain Bike Park: Open weekends. Over six miles of lift-serviced mountain biking trails with varied terrain designed for progression and excitement, for beginner to advanced riders. Lessons and bike rentals available.
Address: 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain VT
Phone: 802-297-4000

Stratton Escape Room: Timed cooperative games offer unusual entertainment for all ages, with layers of difficulty for multiple abilities. Best for groups of four or more.
Address: 36 Route 30, Bondville VT
Phone: 802-688-5009

Stratton Mountain Golf Course: The site of six LPGA tournaments, this challenging course has three distinct nine-hole layouts that take full advantage of the stunning mountain landscape. The Friday Night Golf Scramble includes a cart and complimentary appetizers.
Address: 251 Stratton Mountain Rd, Stratton VT
Phone: 800-787-2886

Stratton Mountain Music: Year-round music scene indoors and out featuring local talent, rising stars and internationally acclaimed artists.
Address: 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain VT
Phone: 802-297-4000

Stratton Mountain Resort: Scenic lift rides, hiking, skiing, kayak rentals, shopping and more.
Address: 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain VT
Phone: 802-297-4000

Winhall Brook Campground: Situated along the Winhall and the West Rivers, with 111 camp sites some with electric and water hookups. Restrooms, hot showers, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and trails.
Address: 919 Winhall Station Road, South Londonderry VT
Phone: 802- 824-4570

 

Winhall

Bondville Fair: The oldest continuous fair in Vermont is held over three days every August, and features agricultural and craft exhibits, track events, entertainment and rides.
Address: 30 Route 30, Bondville VT
Phone: 802-297-2927

Bromley Mountain Adventure Park: Attractions include water and alpine slides, rides, mini and disc golf and a treetops ropes course, from June to September.
Address: 3984 Route 11, Peru VT
Phone: 802-824-5522

Bromley Mountain Ski Resort: Skiers and snowboarders love Bromley’s family-friendly vibe, sunny southern exposure, and 47 trails over diverse terrain. Nine lifts keep everyone moving.
Address: 3984 Route 11, Peru VT
Phone: 802-824-5522

Gale Meadow Pond: Fishing, paddling and wildlife viewing on a 195-acre manmade pond with mostly undeveloped shoreline.
Address: 367-321 Winhall Hollow Road, Winhall VT

Stratton Escape Room: Timed cooperative games offer unusual entertainment for all ages, with layers of difficulty for multiple abilities. Best for groups of four or more.
Address: 36 Route 30, Bondville VT
Phone: 802-688-5009