Westport in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Specialty Museums. Discover best things to do in Westport with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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4.5 based on 107 reviews
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum preserves and shares the history and archaeology of the largest lake in New England. It also tells the story of the people and culture of the Lake Champlain region. Established in 1985, the museum is located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road in Vergennes, Vermont, on the lake's shoreline. Since then, it has grown to include 18 buildings at two sites housing collections and exhibits, a boat shop, a small shipyard, blacksmith facilities, an archaeological conservation laboratory and museum store. A major expansion occurred in 2001 when the Burlington Shipyard was opened in Burlington, about 20 miles north of the museum's main campus. Last June, the museum announced a five-phase, $44 million plan to raise and preserve the Spitfire, a gunboat that was sunk in the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776. A significant part of the museum's commitment to understand the region's maritime past is its fleet of replica vessels. Historians and archaeologists at the museum believe that the recreation of historic vessels offers a unique understanding of the vessels, their crews and the society of the era. Two significant examples are the Perseverance, the first replica built at the museum in 1986, which was used during the French & Indian War, and the Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II, which was launched in 1991 and is used to interpret the British and American campaigns on Lake Champlain in 1776. Philadelphia II was sunk at the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776, raised from the lake's bottom in 1935 and currently is preserved at the Smithsonian Institution.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
Combination museum and history center, located in a former schoolhouse, offers nature trails, Adirondack mountain fire tower, gardens and sugar house, plus various museum exhibits including horse-drawn vehicles, mining equipment, military artifacts and household items.
This is the kind of place that kids love to go. The elementary school I worked at took 5th and 6th graders here on a regular basis. Lots of hands on activities and fascinating information about the past! Loved to watch the kids who needed to see and touch rather than read and write get just as involved as the avid readers and writers!
4.5 based on 67 reviews
The Point faces south toward the Lake Champlain Bridge leading to Vermont. The three sites ae the ruins of the French fort-St. Frederic- and the unnamed British fort. All that remains of St Frederic is the foundation. The British fort is two separate structures, the east building being the officer's barracks & the south being the soldier's barracks. The sit site will be the site's museum & visitor center, which is open Thursday-Sunday. Since my visit was Tuesday, I am unable to furnish any information..
Between the two forts are 14 sites, five French the rest British. I am guessing the forts cover about twelve acres, meaning much walking. St Frederic is mostly flat, where the British fort is surrounded by large mounts by three sides. A mount has a two piece stair case.
Parking is a two part lot, which at most a four minute walk at the museum. I counted eight information stands.. If a visitor has a strong interest in the revolutionary war & won't mind walking up high mounts-about 25 feet in height-a visit is highly recommended. Right across R.9N is the Lake Champlain Lighthouse. To get to the Lighthouse from the Site, follow the roadway back to R.9N, turn left, about one quarter on the right is the lighthouse's entrance.
4.5 based on 69 reviews
Stop by here whenever in the area. This visit we purchased sausage chili. Very flavorful. Not overt spicy. Summer sausage stick. Delicious. Maple popcorn. So addictive. Maple horseradish mustard. Makes any hotdog or sausage gourmet. Fun place to visit . Friendly staff. ?
4.5 based on 44 reviews
Nice park. Several hiking trails a driving distance away. Staff were very accommodating that we arrived really late Friday night and were very helpful providing us information the next day about where to hike and swim. Camping area was spacious and very well maintained. We went swimming at Button Point which is about a 10 minute hike from the campgrounds and we also watched the sunset there. It was very pretty. Make sure you get plenty of bug spray though as the mosquitoes are very vicious and can get under your clothes! We arrived late at night and I was wearing pants and a long sleeved shirt and still got bit.
5 based on 8 reviews
An outdoor guide service offering hiking, paddling and winter ski/snowshoe trips. Destinations throughout the Eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley. Great views, biodiversity, working farms, local food. See fire towers, waterfalls, wildflowers and animal sign.
We would follow Elizabeth Lee anywhere she wanted to take us! She was knowledgeable, professional and adventurous all in one. We anticipated learning Olympic history along the way but the added benefit of learning about the plants and animals indigenous to the region, was the icing on the cake! Elizabeth is a joy to hike with and we hope to return in the summer for a warmer adventure with her. John and Sherri Ciko
5 based on 8 reviews
This is a beautiful, spacious state park a few miles from Vergennes and Ferrisburg. We walked the trail that led to a bluff overlooking this part of Lake Champlain. There are some lovely historic houses available to rent for weddings and functions. Boating, fishing, swimming and sailing! Wonderful place for children of all ages! Your State of Vermont Green Mountain Passport (available to seniors at town offices) will get you in for free, otherwise there is a small fee.
5 based on 2 reviews
Explore a shipwreck without getting wet. We drive to the wreck site then use an underwater robotic camera (ROV) to see incredibly intact wrecks from the 1800's. You stay dry onboard. This is a unique outing and excellent for the whole family. It combines technology with history with a great boat ride on Lake Champlain.
I took the tour out of Basin Harbor and although there was only one shipwreck it was great. I am going to try the Burlington tour because if they go to wrecks it will be even better. Fun, fascinating, hands on, high tech.
Dick Smith Manchester VT
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