The best things to do in

Manchester, Vermont

Love to shop, eat, hike, explore and relax? Sounds like you need a trip to Manchester! Here are he best things to do in Manchester, Vermont, from the perspective of a local.

Southern Vermont Arts center

Visit the galleries with rotating and permanent exhibits, take a class, enjoy lunch, and check out one of the largest sculpture parks in Vermont!

Equinox Preserve

The Equinox Preservation Trust is a 914-acre preserve that covers a large chunk of Mount Equinox. There are easy and difficult hikes, but the views are always fabulous!

Hildene: The Lincoln family home

The Hildene Estate alone could easily fill a day’s worth of activities. Tour the mansion, stroll the gardens, and don't forget to visit the farm animals!

Northshire Bookstore

A book lover's dream, Northshire Bookstore's warm lights give it a cozy atmosphere, and plentiful shelves filled with eager spines clutter up the wide rooms.

pastime Pinball

Pastime Pinball is a winning combination between a museum and an arcade. The machines are organized by decade, with games from as early as 1947 going all the way up to the late 2000s.

Lye Brook Falls

The hike to the falls is 2.3 miles with a roughly 900-foot elevation gain. The reward at the end of the trail is a spectacular view of one of Southern Vermont’s best waterfalls.


Manchester’s bike and walking paths might be the best way to see the surrounding countryside at a slower pace.

manchester farmers' market

Every Thursday during the summer, from 3-6 p.m., local vendors gather in downtown Manchester for the Farmer’s Market.

Mount Equinox skyline drive

Located off Route 7A between Manchester and Arlington, Mount Equinox Skyline Drive is the longest privately owned, paved toll road in the United States.

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