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Embracing Mud Season in Vermont: 10 Activities to Enjoy

Mud season is upon us in Vermont. Stick season doesn’t always get the best rap but with a little creativity and an adventurous spirit, there are plenty of activities to enjoy during this transitional time of year. From scenic walks to unique events, here are 10 ways to make the most of mud season in the Green Mountain State.

Bike Along The Island Line Trail

As the snow melts and the trails become muddy, take advantage of the Burlington Greenway. The iconic Island Line Trail is a 14-mile rail trail that runs along the shores of Lake Champlain and takes you from Burlington out to the Colchester Causeway which runs three miles into the middle of Lake Champlain! This scenic route is great for a stroll or bike ride offering stunning views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and the Green Mountains along the way.

Find Live Music

Vermont has a vibrant music scene, even during mud season. Check out venues such as Higher Ground or restaurants and bars such as Nectars in downtown Burlington for live performances ranging from local indie bands to moody jazz ensembles.

Tastings at Local Breweries

Vermont is known for its craft beer, and in between weather is the perfect excuse to go sample some local brews. Visit breweries like Zero Gravity Brewery in Burlington, Vermont or Two Heroes Brewery in South Hero, Vermont for tastings and lunch!

Find a Spot to Watch the Solar Eclipse

On April 8th, 2024, the northern region of the Green Mountain State will be in the path of totality for this historic celestial event. Amid this cosmic spectacle, the Lake Champlain Islands region of Vermont emerges as a premier destination for eclipse enthusiasts. Many local businesses are hosting eclipse watch parties to view the phenomenon in the Champlain Islands. 

Go See Baby Farm Animals

Springtime in Vermont means baby animals are being born on farms across the state. Visit local farms such as Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, or Dreamwalker Farm in Grand Isle, Vermont to see adorable lambs, fluffy chicks, goat chicks, calves, and more! 

Go Shopping on Church Street

Nestled in the heart of Burlington, Vermont, Church Street Marketplace offers an eclectic and vibrant shopping experience like no other. As mud season transitions the landscape, this pedestrian-friendly street remains bustling with activity, inviting visitors to explore its charming boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops.

Visit Local Maple Sugarhouses 

Experience the magic of the sugaring season by visiting local sugarhouses. Mark your calendar for the annual Maple Open House Weekend when sugarmakers invite folks into their sugaring operations. Learn how maple syrup is made, sample fresh maple syrup, and other maple treats such as maple donuts and hot dogs. 

Spring Skiing in the Green Mountains

While the ski season may be winding down, there's still time to hit the slopes in Vermont. Enjoy warmer temperatures and softer snow before the mountains close for the season. There are a handful of top-notch ski resorts, all just a stone's throw away from Burlington, Vermont. Before planning your spring skiing adventure, be sure to check the closing dates for local mountains. Typically, ski resorts in Vermont close in April, so seize the last opportunity to carve some turns! 

Mud season in Vermont may be muddy and unpredictable, but it's also a time of renewal and transition. With these activities, you can embrace the unique beauty and charm of this season in the Green Mountain State. So grab your boots, bundle up, and get ready to make some muddy memories in Vermont!

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