Affordable summer fun in vermont

Affordable Summer Fun In Vermont: Essential Homeschool Guide


It’s always hard to find affordable summer fun in Vermont for homeschoolers. In this article, I’m going to list free and cheap fun activities for Vermont families and kids of all ages.

*This list is updated for the upcoming summer of 2019

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Museums And Landmarks Are The Perfect Place For Affordable Summer Fun In Vermont!

The kids think they are having fun and going on field trips when in reality they are learning!

All of the public libraries in Vermont offer free passes to most museums. Check your local library for offerings. Most of them do charge late fees for returning the pass late, however, you usually get to check the pass out anywhere from 4-7 days at a time.

Rock Of Ages Offers Affordable Summer Fun For Homeschoolers!

Learn about the manufacturing process and browse historic photos and exhibits. Go on a guided tour of the largest operating quarry in the world. You can watch artisans using the same tools Michelangelo did centuries ago. And the best part is the granite bowling lane!

The Visitors Center

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: May 14-October 31
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

A Guided Tour

The tour takes you to an overlook of the Smith Quarry

  • Admission: $5.00 per adult , $4.50 per senior (62+), $2.50 per child (6-13), and children under 6 are admitted for free.
  • Dates: May 25-October 13
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Closed on Sundays and July 4th

Self Guided Factory Tour

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: February-December
  • Hours: Monday—Friday  8:30am-3:30pm
  • Closed on holidays & the week of July 4th

Outdoor Granite Bowling Lane(with rubber bowling balls!)

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: May 14-October 31
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-Dusk

The Warm Welcome Program From The Montshire Museum Of Science Gives You A Reduced Admission

Through their Warm Welcome Program, you can get a pass for $3 per person, or $20 per family for an entire year of affordable summer fun in Vermont! All you have to do is provide proof that you are a low-income family.

  • Admission: Varies, with the warm welcome program, $3 per person, or $20 per family for the entire year, Normal general admission is listed here
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: 10am–5pm
  • Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

Fairbanks Museum And Planetarium Offers Homeschoolers Special Classes

You can get a yearly membership for $75 for your entire family! With everything they have to offer I would say this price is absolutely worth it, especially if you live locally.

New Home-school Membership for 10 months of Friday classes for $50 per child. This is such a deal! the classes are usually $10 per class per student.

(This membership is for the Friday classes only, it’s not for museum membership)

They offer all kinds of classes, from the DNA of strawberries to a teddy bear sleepover!

We haven’t been able to check this one out yet, but it’s on the list for 2019!

  • Museum Admission:
    • Members: Free
    • Adults: $9.00
    • Senior citizens and children under 17: $7.00
    • Children under 5: Free
  • Planetarium Admission:
    • Members: Free
    • Nonmembers: $6.00
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
  • Hours: 9am-5pm

Vermont Marble Museum

You can have your photo taken with your favorite president in the hall of the presidents!

There’s an air-conditioned movie theater to watch the 10-minute documentary:
“America’s Eternal Flame: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”

This place is pretty amazing and there are always new things to explore each time we visit!

  • Admission:
    • Seniors: $7
    • Adults: $9
    • Kids: $4
    • Kids under 6: Free
    • Proctor Residents: Free
    • (If you purchase your ticket in advance, you get discounted rates!)
  • Dates: May-October
  • Hours: 10am-5pm

Non Vermont Landmarks

There are plenty of landmarks that helped shape Vermont, that are not actually in Vermont. We Like to go to Fort Ticonderoga every year, and plan to visit some of the other forts.

affordable summer fun in vermont

State Parks Provide Affordable Summer Fun In Vermont For Homeschoolers!

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The Every Kid In A Park Program Will Get Your 4th Grader Into The Vermont State Parks For Free

This program is for 4th graders only. Every kid will be a 4th grader at one point or another, right? All 4th graders can get a free pass to The Vermont State Parks for free Vermont fun.

Use Your Library Card

You can use your library card to get you into all of Vermont’s beautiful state parks as well! Most libraries also offer passes to all of the Vermont State Parks. Check your local library.

The ParkRX Program Is Offered By Most Doctors Offices For Free Passes To The Vermont State Parks

To visit any of The Vermont State Parks, there is also a ParkRX Program, an amazing program that awards you to visit state parks and gives you free passes!

The Jr. Ranger Program Will Get Your Homeschooler Into The Vermont State Parks For Free Summer Fun!

If your kids enjoy The Vermont State Parks and want to help take care of them, they can join the Jr. Ranger Program. They fill out an activity booklet to get their badge!

They have not updated their website yet, but they are still hosting the program. We participated last year, and we had to call to get the information. You can reach them at 1-888-409-7579

Vermont State Parks Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge Will Get You Moving For Free Summer Fun!

You can get FREE admission to Vermont State Parks through the end of 2019 when you participate in the Vermont State Parks Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge!

All you are required to do is earn points for each category on the scorecard.

You earn points for each activity and you need to have someone take a picture of you completing each activity.

You will need to submit your scorecard and photos to the Vermont State Parks department.

Weird Affordable Summer Fun In Vermont For Homeschoolers

Wilson Castle Is A Really Cool Place Most Homeschool Kids Want To Check Out, And Summer Is The Perfect Time To Go!

  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: 10am-5pm

The Tallest Filing Cabinet In The World Is Free Summer Fun!

On Flynn Avenue in Burlington, you will find a very tall filing cabinet…so weird right?Well, there is a local artist who did this for a reason.

Sunset Lake Floating Bridge In Brookfield

This is the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi River. The city closed it for over a year for repairs, but as of January 2019, they have reopened it. Luther Adams Built the bridge in 1820. It’s a great spot to fish, swim, hike, bike, take photos or explore one of Vermont’s many hidden gems.

Spider Web Farm

Unfortunately, the old building caught on fire, so they rebuilt and now you have to call ahead to visit. 802-433-5568

Haskell Free Library And Opera House

The only library in the U.S. with no books and the only opera house with no stage…

This is because the entrance to the library is in the US but the books are in Canada. Yup,  Martha Stewart Haskell (not Martha Stewart!) decided to build it right on the border. There is even a line drawn right through the middle of the building! You do not need passports to enter the Library.

The Forgotten Village At Greenbanks Hollow

Benjamin Greenbank built the infrastructure of the forgotten village.

In 1885 a fire ran through the village destroying everything. Greenbank decided not to rebuild in the same location. He took his industrial operations and moved to Enfield, NH.

Today The Danville Historical Society has restored the village as a historical park.

Learn About Gardening In Vermont This Summer With Affordable Admission To Fun Teaching Farms!

Cedar Circle Farm  

Cedar Circle Farm offers School & Family Programs for $6 a session! That’s cheap enough to choose a couple of different topics to learn! These are offered Monday-Friday, May-October. They will even customize lessons for your family!

They also offer a Little Farmers Program for 2-5-Year-olds for a $5 fee. They run this program on Tuesdays and Saturdays May-October for an hour each session.

They have multiple tour options available for free summer fun. Click the button above to learn more!

Shelburne Farms

They offer numerous Family Programs, most of them ranging below $10.

It’s a great place for kids to learn about the world around them!

They do charge for tours of the property, but the tour price also includes general admission.

  • Admission:
    • $8 Adults
    • $7 Seniors
    • $5 Children 3-17
    • Free for children 2 and under, members, and Shelburne residents
  • Dates: Varies. Check website for details.
  • Hours: Varies. Check website for details.

Morse Farm

This place is pretty amazing. They offer free sugar house tours and tastings. There is a pretty cool multimedia display in a woodshed! This is one of my favorite things to do when I’m trying to find affordable summer fun in Vermont.

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Summer Hours: Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th)- Labor Day we are open 9 am – 8 pm

Sugarbush Farm

You get free admission and free samples when you visit Sugarbush Farm!

Sample 4 grades of Pure Vermont Maple syrup and 14 different kinds of cheese!

You can learn how maple syrup is made, how cheese gets wrapped in wax and walk the nature trail where the trees are tapped!

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours:
    • Weekdays: 8am-5pm
    • Weekends: 9am-5pm
    • Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Open Farm Week In The Summer Is Free In Vermont And Tons Of Fun!

This awesome program usually starts in August. For an entire week, you and your family can go from farm to farm and explore how they work and what they do. Meet the animals and local farmers. Harvest some vegetables and go behind the scenes at every farm! Check on the Dig In Vt website for more information.

The Kids Bowl Free Program Is Free, Fun And Offered Every Summer

We participated in this program last year and it was a blast. We use this one the most for free Vermont fun. Each child gets two free games per day!

We didn’t go every day, but we used this at least 3 times per week until the program ended. It was so nice to get out of the heat and relax in an air-conditioned bowling alley

It usually starts in mid-April. Call your local bowling alley to see if they are participating and when registration is open.

You can also add parents to the program. The entire family can bowl for a one-time fee that is usually around $30 for 4 adults. (Shoe rentals are extra for adults)

Sign up on the website, and when the program starts you will get an email with your coupons! They have an app as well that you can use.

Free Movie Nights By Ben & Jerry’s In The Summer Is Always Fun!

This is by far my favorite summertime freebie. The kids look forward to this all summer long! You get to enjoy free ice cream samples before the show starts!

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Tuesday Nights In Burlington

At The Church Street Scoop Shop 8pm

Friday Nights in Waterbury

At 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd 8pm

Factory Tours Perfect For Affordable Summer Fun In Vermont!

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

7 days a week, 362 days a year, you can stop by and take a guided tour to see how they make their delicious ice cream! Don’t forget to visit the flavor graveyard!

  • Admission:
    • Adult $4 (ages 13-59)
    • Senior $3(ages 60 and up)
    • Kids Free (12 and under)
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: Varies, check website for details.

Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory

Stop in and see where chocolate comes from and how they make it! This no-walking tour is very informative. Sit back, relax and watch the magic unfold!

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm

Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Tours last about an hour and a half at The Vermont Teddy Bear Company. They have all kinds of events going on year round. You can host birthday parties here, and even see the teddy bear doctor!

  • Admission:
    • Adults: $4
    • Seniors: $3
    • Kids (12 and under): Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: Varies, check website for details.

Simon Pearce Glassblowing Studio

This is one of my favorite tours. The entire studio is turbine powered by the Ottauquechee River. You can go down and watch the studio at work for free, and then stop and have a bite to eat!

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

When you visit you can take a peek into the donut shop to see how the donuts are made, or watch the cider making process.

Stop into the Honey Corner’s Observation Hive where you can see the bees(behind glass) at work making honey!

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: 8am-6pm

Maple Landmark

Stop by the wood shop to watch them at work.

They offer 45 minute guided tours twice daily on weekdays for $4.

I usually hesitate to visit, because I can’t help myself and always buy way too much!

  • Admission:
    • $4 per person
    • Children under 6 Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours:
    • 2 tours daily at 10am and 1pm on weekdays
    • Closed: New Years, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Bennington Potters

When I visit here, it reminds me that not everything is industrialized. The amount of care they take making things with their hand is unbelievable, and it all turns out gorgeous!

When you visit, you get to see them make things with their hands from start to finish.

Places like this make me never want to leave Vermont!

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: 9:30am-6pm

Crowley Cheese

We have been to Crowley Cheese a few times, it’s pretty cool to see the action!

You need to call ahead to make sure they are there because their schedule can be pretty sporadic but once you get there, it’s quite an amazing process to witness.

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, Hours Vary (call ahead: 800-683-2606)

Audubon Nature Playgroup Is Free For Your Little Homeschooler To Have Summer Fun In Vermont

They have 255 acres of forests, ponds, etc. for your child under 5 years old to explore for free summer fun!

  • Admission: Free
  • Dates: Year Round
  • Hours: Mondays 9:30-11:00am (Call 802-434-3068 for more information)

Summer Reading For Your Homeschooler

TD Bank offers a summer reading program for kids. Children can earn $10 for a savings account when they hand in their reading list. My family does this every year. The kids love having their own bank account, and do whatever they can to get a few extra dollars in their account!

Homeschoolers in grades 1-6 can participate in the Barnes & Nobles’ Summer Reading Program! Download the reading journal, fill it out and bring it to the store located in Burlington to receive a free book!

Tumblebook Library

Tumblebook Library is an online library, free to use, offering audiobooks, ebooks, videos, math stories, puzzles & games. My kids spend a lot of time on this website during weekends and vacations.

Vermont Rocks Is Always Something Fun To Do During The Summer For Free

Have you joined the painted rock treasure hunt movement yet? This is such a fun activity! We do this every summer. It keeps the kids so busy.

You go out and find cool rocks, bring them home and paint them. Then you go hide them in the community for other people to find!

Affordable summer fun in vermont, the essential homeschool guide!

In Conclusion, Affordable Summer Fun In Vermont Is Easy If You Know Where To Look!

Summer in Vermont is short, and you can fill it up with plenty of free/cheap fun. In fact, we usually need to take a break from all the activities!

Now that you have a list of ideas for affordable summer fun in Vermont, what are you going to do?

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