Foliage Focus: October 4th - 10th - Best Parks & Cool Things to Do

Southern Vermont and the Lake Champlain area are peaking with prime foliage. Check out the five best parks for leaf peeping this week and see what events and attractions are going on in and around each one.

Woodford State Park, Woodford, VT:
Marvel at the iconic works of art at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Rutland; Take part in one of the many programs offered at the Bennington Museum, such as Punch Needle Rug Hooking, Bennington; Pick up some hand-crafted souvenirs or gifts at the Bennington Potters, Bennington; Relax with a glass of local beer from the Northshire Brewery, Bennington; Pick your own apples and enjoy lots of apple treats at the Apple Barn and Country Bakeshop, Bennington; History buffs won't want to miss visiting the Historic Park-McCullough where one can spend hours wandering the estate, North Bennington


Quechee State Park, White River Jct., VT:
Learn fascinating facts at the Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich; Savor tasty warm breads and other treats at the King Arthur Flour - The Baker's Store, Norwich; Join in the fun at the annual Harvest Weekend at the Billings Farm & Museum - Barn Dance and fill up on all sorts of delicious foods, Woodstock; Why drive when you can enjoy Vermont's scenery by train! Visit the Green Mountain Railroads and Trains around Vermont, White River Junction; Let yourself be awed by an amazing natural feature, the Quechee Gorge, White River Junction


Emerald Lake State Park, East Dorset, VT:
Challenge your fears at Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone or watch others as they challenge theirs, Peru; Summit Mt. Equinox without breaking a sweat by taking the Mt. Equinox Skyline Drive - the views are amazing, Manchester; Marvel at the handicraft and pick up some gifts from Basketville, Putney; Check out the many activities going on during the Columbus Day Harvest Festival, Stratton


Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte, VT:
Stop and smell the flowers at The Vermont Wildflower Farm and get ideas for your own garden, Charlotte; Make charming custom-made teddy bears at Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne; Explore the mysteries of Lake Champlain at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington; Stroll Church Street to do some shopping or get a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, cafes, bistros, or pizzerias, Burlington; Tour the incredible studio of Robert Compton Pottery and pick up unique gifts, Bristol; Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington


Button Bay State Park, Vergennes, VT:
Explore the depths of the lakes, seas, and oceans at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes; Refuel with local specialty foods and beverages at Dakin Farm, Ferrisburgh; Visit the site of a historic French fortress at Crown Point, Crown Point; Take a gallop at the Morgan Horse Farm and learn about these prized horses and their preservation, Weybridge

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