- Cat Cutillo
- Bert Sheehan, 2, at North Beach in Burlington
We made it! School is over, COVID-19 restrictions have loosened up, and many of our favorite places are open again.
To help you get out and enjoy them, we pulled together this list of tried-and-true summer activities. Look for more details about location and hours online. And remember to pack sunscreen — and face masks; some attractions still require them.
Hit the Beach
If you're looking for a place to build sandcastles or go for a swim, head to the Champlain Islands. Both Sandbar State Park and Alburgh Dunes State Park offer beach access. Stop at Seb's Snack Bar in South Hero for lunch or a killer creemee.
Hop on a Bike
For a scenic ride, try the Island Line Trail, which connects Burlington to South Hero via the Colchester Causeway. A bike ferry runs daily until October to bridge the gaps. For something a little more adventurous, head to Kingdom Trails in East Burke, or find a place to ride through the Vermont Mountain Bike Association.
- Ken Picard
- Lemon Fair Sculpture Park
If you've never seen Bread and Puppet Theater in action, now's your chance. The iconic Glover-based theater troupe will present "Our Domestic Resurrection Circus" on Saturdays and Sundays from July 10 through August 29. Tack on a visit to the Bread and Puppet Museum — a big barn packed to the rafters with political art — as well as the nearby Museum of Everyday Life. Grab lunch at Parker Pie.
Few things taste quite as sweet as fresh-picked berries. Raspberries and blueberries will be ready in July at Adam's Berry Farm in Charlotte.
Visit a Swimming Hole
- Sally Pollak
- Maple-chocolate twist at Canteen Creemee
Nearly everyone in Vermont has a favorite swimming hole, but people are tight-lipped about where to find them. Explore a collection of them, along with directions, at madrivervalley.com/swim. Stop at Canteen Creemee in Waitsfield for a frozen treat.
There's no admission fee at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes this summer. Some of the exhibits are closed, but there's still plenty to see. Snag a scoop of small-batch, artisan ice cream at Lu•lu.
Other options: Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh; Vermont History Museum, Montpelier; Montshire Museum, Norwich; ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington; Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury
Watch a Game
Word on the street is that the Vermont Lake Monsters are pretty good this year. See them in action at Centennial Field in Burlington.
Attend a Concert, Parade or Festival
Find out which ones are happening in 2021 by searching the Seven Days event listings.