The 10 Best Things to Do in Arlington, United States

July 22, 2017 Chanda Heide

Arlington in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Mountains. Discover best things to do in Arlington with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Arlington

1. Mount Equinox

1A St Bruno Dr, Arlington, VT 05250-9505 +1 802-362-1114
Excellent
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4.5 based on 201 reviews

Mount Equinox

Drive this scenic mountain which is also used as a outdoor classroom for the study of various species of plants and animals. At 5.2 miles, the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive is the longest privately owned paved toll road in the U.S. Those who prefer to hike can pick up a trail map at the Toll House. At the top of the mountain is our new Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center packed with info about Equinox Mountain and the Carthusian Monks. The private property which is 7,000 acres is owned by the Carthusain monks. A cloistered order of Catholic monks. There is the Catholic gift shop at the bottom of the mountain and also souvenirs from your trip.

Reviewed By LiketoeatCincinnati - Cincinnati

Must take this road. It is not too difficult as it is well maintained and all paved; just go down in low gear. The views are great and it is worth an hour or so. The admission fee goes to the monks.

2. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05254 +1 802-362-1788
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, 12+ miles of walking trails, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter.

Reviewed By ChinadollRVC - New York City, New York

My husband just happened on Hildene while poking around online. Our interest in American history has piqued (thanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda!) and as a result we’ve started visiting many points of interest in the Northeast, not all relating to the Revolutionary War. We’ve been to Philadelphia and Valley Forge, Gettysburg, FDR’s home and museum in Hyde Park, NY and Roosevelt Island in NYC.
When we found out that President Lincoln’s son, Robert, his only son to live to adulthood, we knew we had to visit. Hildene is just a few miles from the Equinox Resort on Main Street, our Manchester address. It’s set on 500 acres, and in addition to the home and gardens, there’s also a visitor’s center and gift shop, and a gloriously restored Pullman railroad car because Robert Lincoln was the company’s president for a time.
The home was built in the early 1900s as a family home. We were fortunate to visit at a time of year where visitors were scant, and practically had a private tour. The second floor of the home also has a small museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, including his top hat and dressing room mirror, which it is thought, is the last looking glass in which Lincoln looked at his reflection before heading to Ford’s Theater.
Unfortunately, the gardens are rather bare in February, and there’s a working farm with small farm animals, but Spring and Summer are better viewing times for those highlights.

3. Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack Lane, Rt. 7A, Arlington, VT 05250 +1 802-375-6747
Excellent
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Sugar Shack

Reviewed By Peter D - Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

A must stop to view the genius of Canadian Maple Syrup production. The contents of the old world maple sugaring boiling and collecting set up does not need the manual I'm put of the past..A beautiful 1/2 ton like gleaming blue box takes the raw...MoreNothing like producing pure VT maple syrup right here! (Just wanted to clarify so people were not confused - the evaporator was made in Canada, but the syrup is ALL from right here in the green mountain state!) ;)

4. Equinox Preservation Trust

West Union Street, Manchester, VT 05254 +1 802-366-1400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Equinox Preservation Trust

Reviewed By CATTSAR - Provincetown, Massachusetts

This was beyond our wildest expectations. We were a bit hesitant before committing to the drive, but were blown away by it. On this crystal clear fall afternoon the view was breathtaking. There are several viewing stops on the way up which offer an ever increasingly awe inspiring vistas. It is also a good idea to rest your engine. The drive up requires a bit of skill and the ride down require steady nerves and even more skill. The advise given should be followed to the T. Regardless of the effort the reward for it is well worth it. Once at the top, the visitors center gives a comprehensive time line of the history of the center and the monks and monastery and the relation between them. There is a very small chapel which should be given a bit of time to.
It's worth every dime>

5. Lake Shaftsbury State Park

262 Shaftsbury State Park Road, Shaftsbury, VT 05262 +1 802-375-9978
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Reviewed By Stephanie M - Ravenna, Ohio, United States

We stayed here for one night on our way from Ohio to Maine. The group campsites offer adirondacks and plentiful places for hammock or tent camping. We were in sites 1-6 and very close to the lake. The site provided small fire rings and picnic tables as well. There were porta-potties and a water hydrant at the group camping parking lot.

The lake is just a short walk or drive from the group camping sites. It offers a small beach, flushing toilets and changing rooms as well as a volleyball court. The view of the mountains in the background of the lake is breathtaking.

The only thing that this park was missing is a shower house. We definitely would have appreciated that after a long day of driving! I would still highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

6. Norman Rockwell Exhibition

Sugar Shack Lane, Arlington, VT 05250 +1 802-375-6747
Excellent
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Norman Rockwell Exhibition

An exhibit focusing on Norman Rockwell's years in Arlington, 1939-1953. Rockwell used over 200 local models for his works. The exhibit displays reproductions of many of his works as well as stories about many of the townspeople who were his models.

Reviewed By Peter D - Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

Many reproductions of Norman Rockwell works. I did not see anything original. The previous owner was I'm for the weekend. Very knowledgeable and just a nice adult gentlemen. Most places that do Rockwell are similar. Low pressure here and reasonable prices.

7. Lye Brook Falls

Lye Brook Falls Service Road, (Glen Rd., Right at Fork), Manchester, VT 7534150
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Lye Brook Falls

Reviewed By James H - Opelika, Alabama

The path was a slight incline at the beginning but gradually turned into quite a workout. The scenery was beautiful and the path was well marked. The path gets very rocky at times and I highly recommend that you wear proper shoes. Trail shoes or hiking boots are a very good idea...I wore a casual sneaker...not a good choice. The falls at the end of the path was very nice...kinda trickling down this time of year...probably a lot more water in the springtime. The area around the falls also became very crowded...people and dogs. A few people hiked with children...saw one or two as young as 4 or 5. Overall, a great afternoon in the woods.

8. Battenkill River

Arlington, VT
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Battenkill River

Reviewed By Cheryl M - Tribes hill

We went on a 12 mile river trip using our own kayaks. Our entire family including our 9 year old loved this trip. It was better than any amusement park.

We arranged at trip through Josh at Vermont River Rafters. He is so knowledgeable and loves this river. He is a good river steward and I was happy we selected him. It was a great trip- so beautiful. And I did squeal with delight as we paddled under a covered bridge It was a bucket list moment.


Some notes:

You will bounce off rocks- especially as the river level gets lower. As a lake kayaker I don't think I have ever hit a rock. It is harmless but I had to bet used to it.

Get a good waterproof phone case. You will want to take so many pictures!

Wear good water shoes. You will need them.

9. The Vermont Cheese House

5187 Vt Route 7a, Arlington, VT 05250-8537 +1 802-375-9033
Excellent
57%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 41 reviews

The Vermont Cheese House

Reviewed By Tony P - Brooklyn, New York

Every time we visit Vermont, we have to stop at the Vermont cheese house. No trip is complete without a few bags of Vermont cheese curds or the sampler pack of Vermont cheeses and cheddar straws.

But there is more to this cherished stop than the food and gifts. The owners are some of the warmest people I've met in Vermont. A five minute stop usually takes about thirty minutes because of the warm conversations we always have.

We have seen his daughter grow into an amazing young woman who hopefully continues with the family business if her parents decide to retire.

Without this store, our Vermont trips would seem a bit more dreary.

Once you ever the octagon shaped part of the building, you are immediately immersed in everything Vermont. From the cheese, wine, candies, local maple syrup and various snacks, to the next building with t-shirts, clothing, souvenirs, antiques and a double counter of chocolates and candies, so delicious looking, that you may gain weight just staring through the glass.

Luckily there is glass protecting the candy, if not I can guarantee most would not be capable of the control needed to not reach in and try all of your favorites.

They're prices are what you expect from a shop that sells what New Yorkers would call artesian candy shops.

If I happened to be locked inside this shop overnight by some accident, (they've found me hiding every time at closing so far but I'm determined) I would be remiss to say I'd be sad.

If you have a hankerin for some of the best cheese Vermont has to offer, shirts, souvenirs, antiques, Vermont snacks, delicious fudge, or some of the most delicious candy this side of Vermont, stop in and say hello.

Not only will you find the best array of Vermont treasures, plus the best chocolate covered malted milk balls, you'll leave with new friends and a warm smile.

Try everything in the chocolate display case and trust me when I say not to leave this store our Vermont without the amazing cheese curds. They may squeak against your teeth, but they're worth it. If you manage to get them home in tact, try frying them in batter. (A Vermont country fair trick)

If you do visit, tell him Tony, the big Italian guy from Brooklyn with the Korean wife and young daughter who drop in from time to time recommended his shop. He probably won't know, but he might.

This will become an important stop for years to come.

10. Southern Vermont Arts Center

West Rd, Turn off West Road, Manchester, VT 05254 +1 802-362-1405
Excellent
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Southern Vermont Arts Center

Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings.

Reviewed By melange1 - United States

Driving up the winding driveway full of sculptures is a trip in itself! Although the one building was closed while a new photography exhibit was being set up, the main gallery building was open and very interesting to wander through. There are some permanent art pieces here and some that are from a trip that artists took together in Tuscany. All the galleries are worth a nice wander and many pieces are for sale. A lovely way to spend an afternoon in this area.
Suggestion: check their website for current offerings

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