The following is just a sampling of the many attractions the area has to offer. Please call or visit web pages for the latest information. A printable version of this guide is also available to download here.
FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Montshire Museum of Science
1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT 05055
Delve into the worlds of science, nature ,and technology at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT. The 100-acre museum with 140 permanent exhibits that explore light, sight, sound hearing, native plants and more. Don’t miss a tour of the lush Woodland Garden, or Science Park indoor and outdoor water exhibits.
5302 River Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past. Billings Farm features many aspects of farm work, including care of the Jersey cows and other livestock, milking of the herd, crop rotation, and feed production. Get to know Jersey cows, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens through interactive programs and activities. Explore the barns and calf nursery and watch the afternoon milking of the herd. Visitors will experience a first-hand sampling of actual farm work, animals, and agricultural processes
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
6565 East Woodstock Road, Hartford, VT 05059
VINS is an environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. The 47-acre campus features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails.
Upper Valley Aquatic Center – Splash Park
Located at the junctions of Interstates 89 and 91 in White River Junction, Vermont. The facility is 37,500 sq. ft. The indoor splash park water is maintained at 86-88 degrees so your children can play for hours. The area includes a lazy river which carries you past small waterfalls and other water elements. A zero-entry pool provides easy access to the water and is a safe, fun place for your younger swimmer to play. The water play area contains a slide and splash features suitable for younger children. For those craving more adventure, climb 20 feet up to the top of our enclosed, circular speed slide take a 110 foot cork screw ride out of the building before landing back inside.
MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC SITES
American Precision Museum
196 Main Street, Windsor, VT 05089
The Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives. The American Precision Museum, housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.
The Enfield Shaker Museum
447 New Hampshire 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
The Enfield Shaker Museum is a museum and historic site in Enfield, NH. It is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Shakers, a Protestant religious denomination, who lived on the site from 1793 to 1923.
The Hood Museum of Art
6034 College St., Hanover, NH 03755
The Hood Museum of Art is a teaching museum. The Hood’s mission is to create an ideal learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art. Dartmouth College has been collecting objects since 1772, just three years after its founding, and there are presently about 65,000 objects in the Hood Museum of Art’s care. These collections are among the oldest and largest of any college or university in the country. The museum is free and open to the public.
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Route 12 North, Woodstock, VT
Learn about the history of Vermont’s only National Park. Tour the historic mansion and view the beautiful Victorian architecture and the fabulous collection of Hudson River School paintings. Once the home of KUA alumnus and conservationist, Frederick Billings, Class of 1840.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745
Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage.
INTERESTING BUSINESSES, TOURS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS
336 Ruth Carney Dr, Windsor, VT 05089
The brewery features a Production Viewing Area . The Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, located in the same building as the brewery itself, offers a full selection of beers straight from the source along with delicious food. The Brewery Store has a wide range of Harpoon apparel and merchandise. On Fridays and during the weekend guided tours of the brewery are offered. After the tour, all visitors over 21 years with ID will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers.
King Arthur Flour
135 US Route 5 South, Norwich, VT 05055
King Arthur Flour’s campus in Norwich, Vermont with new retail store and café. Baking supplies, kitchen equipment, and gifts and accessories as well as a bakery outlet. Indoor and outdoor dining.
Simon Pearce Glassblowing
109 Park Road, Windsor VT 05089
(802) 674- 6280
Simon Pearce designs hand blown glass and handmade pottery with a dedication to creating products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use. The full range of glass and pottery designs embodies traditional and contemporary styles—all with classic simplicity, elegance and everyday functionality. Glass blowing and pottery demonstrations throughout the day.
Taylor Brothers Farm
166 Main Street, Meriden, NH 03770
Since 1896, the Taylor Family has made New Hampshire our home. We’re proud to bring you artisan cheeses from our small dairy, and maple syrup from our groves of sugar maples.
Garfield's Smoke House
163 Main Street, Meriden, NH
Garfield’s Smokehouse is a family-owned and operated business established in 1985 by Bobbie and Don Garfield. Liz and Bill Taylor are new owners of the business. Garfield’s offers quality smoked products with an old-fashioned flavor, including hardwood and cob smoked meats and cheeses.
LANDMARKS AND NATURAL ATTRACTIONS
Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge
The longest double span wooden covered bridge in America. Connects NH Route 12A and Windsor, VT.
Mount Ascutney State Park
1826 Back Mountain Road
The park has four trail heads and more than 12 miles of hiking trails. The trails lead hikers to the sites of former quarries and homesteads, relics of past logging operations and other remains of a bygone era. Each trail boasts vistas with spectacular viewpoints of the Connecticut River Valley era en-route to the observation tower at the summit. Visitors seeking a less-strenuous trek may drive up the 3.7-mile Mount Ascutney Parkway to a parking lot at an elevation of 2,800 feet. A hike of nearly one-mile leads to the summit.
Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago. Visitors can look down at the Ottauquechee River, flowing 165 feet below viewing points along Route 4. Directions: From Jct. I-89 and U.S. 4 (Exit 1): Go 3 mi. W on U.S. 4rom Jct. I-89 and U.S. 4 (Exit 1): Go 3 mi. W on U.S. 4
Path of Life
36 Park Road, Windsor, VT 05089
If you are visiting Simon Pearce or Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Path of Life is worth a stop. It is a one of a kind garden "shaped by a revelation of the human spirit and inspired by our relationship with the natural world. " Visitors travel through 18 works of art illustrating elements that constitute human life. In doing so, spectator is transformed into participant, engaging the 14 acres of sculptures and the surrounding expanse.
KAYAK AND CANOE RENTALS
Great River Outfitters
36 Park Road, Windsor, VT 05089
Kayaking, Canoeing, Rafting and Tubing - a number of ptions for self-guided day trips on the Connecticut River. - 2hr to 8hr long. The most popular trip begins four miles upstream at Sumner Falls and is a perfect 2 hr float trip for families looking for outdoor fun and adventure. For a longer float trip, you can do a 3 hr or a 6 -8 hr day float trip and be picked up by our shuttle. And don’t worry - we have all the gear you need.
North Star Canoe Rental
1356A Rt 12A, Cornish NH, 03745
North Star Livery is a family owned and operated canoe and kayak rental business on the Connecticut River in Cornish, New Hampshire.
HIKING and BIKING
Enjoy the many trails, dirt roads and routes in and around Meriden. Frenches Ledges, The Potato Patch, and the Meriden Bird Sanctuary are all close by with easy access.