- Matthew Thorsen
- Andy A-Dog Williams Skatepark
Waterfront Park, Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
Bummed that you can't skate down the Church Street Marketplace? Don't worry, there's a consolation prize. Hit up Burlington's world-class concrete skate park, located just off the waterfront bike path, for its rails, ramps, boxes, half-bowl and half-pipe. In June 2016, skate legend Tony Hawk dropped in to help dedicate the park to late local DJ and skateboarder Andy "A-Dog" Williams. You might catch local pro Collin Hale (see page 76) here, too.
1239 Edwards Rd., Jeffersonville, arbortrek.com
Get a bird's-eye view of the Green Mountains while shooting down 4,500 feet of zip lines at Smugglers' Notch Resort. Don't have a need for speed? Try the treetop obstacle course.
Lincoln Rd., Bristol
When Lake Champlain inevitably sprouts an algae bloom, head to Bristol Falls — one of the state's more scenic and safe spots to cool off. Its 15-foot waterfall empties into a deep, chilly pool.
116 Maple St., Waterbury Center
Disc golf courses are popping up all over Vermont, but this spot is the gold standard. It was one of the first courses in the state, and it remains one of the most popular and best maintained. Plus, the mountain views are hard to beat.
This 14-mile bike trail runs along Lake Champlain from Oakledge Park all the way to the Colchester causeway — a narrow old railbed that extends three miles into the lake. A bike ferry connects you to the Champlain Islands in summer.
At 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield is the tallest mountain in the state. There are numerous climbs to the summit, but we prefer the Sunset Ridge Trail from Underhill State Park. Much of the 3.3-mile trek is above the treeline, which guarantees truly jaw-dropping views.
5425 Mt. Philo Rd., Charlotte, vtstateparks.com
Mount Philo is the perfect high-altitude spot for a picnic with friends. There's a steep trail to the top, but your less adventurous buds can drive up the 968-foot peak from late May to mid-October.