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13 Essential Things To Do In Southern Vermont

Southern Vermont Fall Foliage

Vermont is incredible! This small but mighty state is beautiful, welcoming, and friendly, with so much in store within its borders.

It’s a state that some people tend to forget about or overlook due to its northern location and size, but not you! You know there’s a lot of punch packed into this scenic Green Mountain gem – and you’re ready to take a vacation and explore it.

Southern Vermont Fall Foliage

There are lots of things to do in northern Vermont – you may know of some of them already. Popular Vermont attractions in the northern part of the state include the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, and Shelburne Farms.

However, if you’re visiting the southern Vermont area, you may wonder how to fill your time and set yourself up for a perfect day. Much of Vermont’s population – and therefore activity – is in the north, while southern Vermont is quieter, sleepy, and relaxed.

Don’t let that fool you, though – there are still lots and lots of things to do in southern Vermont, and you’ll love visiting and exploring it. Read on to learn more about the southern part of this great state and how to plan a Vermont vacation there that you’ll always treasure and remember. Have a great trip!


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1. Bennington Battle Monument

Bennington Battle Monument obelisk at 15 Monument Circle, Bennington, VermontBennington Battle Monument obelisk at 15 Monument Circle, Bennington, Vermont
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Address: 15 Monument Circle; Bennington, VT 05201

The Bennington Battle Monument was built between 1887 and 1889 to commemorate the Battle of Bennington, which took place on August 16, 1777. This famous battle is considered to be a major turning point in the Revolutionary War.

It’s located ten miles from the actual battlefield, but you can ride an elevator to its observatory level at 200 feet and see three states (Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York) as well as the actual battlefield. The obelisk is 306 feet tall in total, and it’s a beautiful sight; the park is an open field, but it’s surrounded by Vermont greenery, or by incredible foliage in the fall. If you’re interested in Revolutionary War history, this monument is not to be missed.


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