If you’re looking for things to do in Stowe, Vermont, look no further! Especially if you are looking for things to do with the kids.
While many families flock to Stowe, Vermont for skiing and snow tubing, there are so many things to do in the area when it’s warm like hiking, kayaking, and fishing.
Over the summer, we spent time in Vermont as part of a three-week northeast road trip, and the Green Mountain State was not disappointed.
We stayed in a rental townhouse in Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spawhich was perfect for the five of us.
There were two bedrooms, a kitchen and a huge living room.
Best of all, the back of the townhouse opened up to a pond and an open grassy area where the kids could run and play.
It’s so nice to have plenty of room to stretch out after a long drive.
At Stoweflake there is an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, as well as an on-site restaurant, Charlie B’s, which was perfect for breakfast and dinner.
If you want to venture off the property, we loved it Pizzeria Piecassowhich is only a few blocks away.
Stoweflake is really in the middle of Stowe so it’s quite easy to walk or take a short drive to most places in town.
If you’re considering a Stowe adventure, check out my list of 10 things to do in Stowe with kids.
1. Hike Stowe Pinnacle Trail.
For incredible 360 degree views, hike the Stowe Pinnacle Trail.
It’s a relatively short, albeit steep, hike to the top, but you’ll be impressed with the views of the Green Mountains, especially when the fall foliage is at its peak.
Have a lunch and sit on the rocks to enjoy the view.
2. Get some ice cream at the Ben & Jerry’s factory.
In nearby Waterbury, you won’t want to miss the Ben & Jerry’s Factoryespecially if you are visiting Vermont for the first time.
Take a free 30-minute tour of the factory to learn how ice cream is made before picking up a life-size sample at the end of the tour.
3. Play a round of golf at Stowe Golf Park.
Stowe Golf Park is really a “mini” golf course, with water hazards and bunkers. No windmills here.
The kids had a great time after dinner. Even better, they sell frozen treats. Perfect for celebrating mini golf victories.
4. Kayaking at Waterbury Center State Park.
Check out kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and get out on the water at Waterbury Center State Park.
The tank was so clean and clear. An absolute delight on a perfect day in Vermont.
Your kids can also hike along the Peninsula Nature Trail at the park.
5. Learn to fish at the Fly Rod Shop.
We were lucky enough to be in Stowe on a Monday as that is the day of the week when The fly rod shop offers its junior fishing program.
My kids loved this three hour course which taught them the basics of fishing. They even caught quite a few fish in the stocked pond on site.
6. Get a gourmet snow cone at Jackwax.
Only open in the summer, it’s a must to stop by Jack wax for gourmet snow cones. Look for tropical flavors like guava, fresh lime, and mango.
Jackwax also offers giant games to play outside, like Connect Four and Jenga. We could have stayed all afternoon.
7. Take a ride to the top of Mount Mansfield.
At nearby Stowe Mountain Resort, plan to take the SkyRide Gondola at the top (well, near the top) of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest mountain.
The views are fantastic and you can take a steep hiking trail from the gondola to the top of the mountain.
8. Stop for covered bridges.
Since Vermont is quite famous for its covered bridges, stopping by for at least one is a must.
I actually passed one on the way back from a hike, turned around, stopped and took a picture of Gold Creek Covered Bridge (which I later learned was haunted, yuck).
9. Treat yourself to apple cider donuts.
Creuse Cold Cider House in the nearby center of Waterbury, this is the place to go for warm apple cider donuts.
You’ll also want to try the apple cider and range of make-ahead mustards with oyster crackers.
For lunch, walk across the aisle to the Apple Core Luncheonette.
10. Visit a sugar shack.
In Vermont, visit a sugar shack, even out of season (sugar season usually runs between February and April).
We stopped at Bragg’s Farm Sugar House to nearby East Montpelier to sample maple syrup and hike the maple walking trail, before relaxing to take in the view from the Adirondack chairs on the deck.
Other Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont
We loved these 10 things to do in Stowe, VT, but the truth is, there’s so much more to explore and see! Here are some honorable mentions of things to do in Stowe Vermont.
If you plan to explore beyond Stowe, be sure to check out my article on where to stop on a Road trip in Vermont.
Disclosure: My children and I were hosted by Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe. However, I have not been compensated for this article and all opinions are my own.