Central Vermont

Barre Opera House - Hosts 70-100 events each year - from local theater and arts organizations to internationally renowned musicians and dancers, and is home to the Celebration Series, which runs from September to May and features some of today's finest performers.

Northern Stage / Briggs Opera House - An award-winning, fully professional regional theater company. The company produces a seven-show main stage season each year, from October through May, as well as a three-show Family Theater Series

New England Maple Museum - A self guided historical tour through Vermont's famous maple sugaring industry culminating at a tasting counter featuring the current year's crop of maple syrup. The gift shop features a large selection of specialty foods.

Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont - Nationally recognized for the collection of Norman Rockwell' s art, established 1976. Chronological display of more than 2,500 magazine covers, advertisements, calendars, and other published works shows Rockwell's development as an illustrator and links his work to the political, economic, and cultural history of the United States.

Montshire Museum of Science - A hands-on museum, located in Norwich, with dozens of exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology.

Billings Farm & Museum - A living museum of Vermont's rural past, as well as a working dairy farm. The farm dates back to 1871, when owner Frederick Billings, a lawyer, railroad entrepreneur, and philanthropist began importing cows from the Isle of Jersey. His farm prospered, and today, is still a working dairy, which operates with this nationally renowned farm life museum.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum - Climb aboard a 54-foot replica of Benedict Arnold's gunboat Philadelphia II, Watch craftsmen continue traditional maritime skills of boat building and blacksmithing in 18th Century working shops, Uncover the rich legacy of shipwrecks in a Nautical Archaeology Center.

Dakin Farm - See how time-honored skills and century-old tradition combine with the most modern smokehouse facilities to produce ham, cheddar cheese, Vermont maple syrup, and other specialty foods known the world over for their unique flavor and wholesome goodness.

Rock of Ages - Offers a look at the 50-acre, 500-foot-deep active granite quarry. Watch as seemingly ant-like creatures cut granite far below you in the quarry depths. Their tour offers a bit of geology, cultural heritage, technology, and artistry - truly something of interest for every member of your family.

Paramount Theatre - An arts, cultural, and educational leader, and a significant and valuable community resource. They are proud of what they have to offer and hope that you will support them in celebrating community and creativity.

Wilson Castle - This architectural masterpiece was built in the middle of the 19th Century in the heart of the Green Mountains. The residence of the 115 acre estate has three floors spaciously divided into 32 rooms. The interior features are highlighted with 84 stained-glass windows and 13 fireplaces finished with imported tiles and bronze.

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History - Open to the people ever since 1880! It consists of three parts: the Judd-Harris House (built in 1829); the Walter Cerf Gallery; and the Stewart-Swift Research Center. Today the museum offers tours, exhibits, and exciting programs!

Vermont Marble Museum - The world's largest marble exhibit. The facility displays include marble from Vermont and around the world. The Hall of Presidents displays statuary white marble relief carving of all past U.S. Presidents.

Cornish Colony Museum - The only museum dedicated to exhibiting and teaching about the more than 200 members of the Cornish Colony. The Cornish Colony was a community of artists and creative individuals who lived and worked in the Connecticut River Valley between 1885 and 1925.

Morse Farm - Specializes in presenting the maple process in their Sugarhouse and Woodshed theatre, live during sugaring and via humorous and educational video year round. See dioramas depicting Vermont farm life, folk art sculptures, maple trail and exciting and beautiful views.

Sugarbush Farm - One of the few places in the state where you can get the real Vermont Cheddar. Also find other genuine Vermont farm products like pure maple syrup and pure Vermont honey. At the same time, it's a place where people can soak up a bit of Vermont's past, its rural life and the family farm to enjoy.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center - Located next to one of New England's natural wonders, the Quechee Gorge, the VINS Nature Center includes a state-of-the art Raptor Exhibit, displaying one of North America's finest collections of birds of prey. Visitors can now get eye to eye with Snowy Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and other birds of prey.

Okemo Mountain Resort - It can be difficult for a family to plan a New England skiing vacation with so many great mountains throughout this area of the country. With 96% snowmaking coverage and consistent top rankings for snow quality - it's hard to argue Okemo doesn't have the best snow in the East.