Top 10 must-dos on your golf vacation to Killington (that are not golf!)
Killington offers so much to see and do during the year. While winter offers skiing and snow-covered excitement, Killington truly comes to life when the weather warms up. Golf is one of the top attractions in Killington during spring, summer, and fall, but there is so much more to the city. So, while visiting on your golf vacation, why not enjoy these other great activities in Killington?
Killington is an outdoor haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers. The area around Killington is flush with hiking, running, and cycling trails. The Green Mountains run through the Killington area offering visitors a great escape to nature.
If you seek exercise and a chance to get in touch with the great outdoors, then hiking and exploring the trails around town are ideal. The town is on the Long Trail which is part of the much larger Appalachian Trail.
2. Killington Peak
Killington Peak is the second-highest peak in the Green Mountains. During winter, Killington Peak is a snow-covered slope but for the rest of the year, it is a great mountain biking destination.
Killington Peak sees most of its visitors during the cold-weather months. This means you can basically have the mountain all to yourself during summer for exploration.
3. GIFFORD WOODS STATE PARK
Situated near the base of Pico Peak, Gifford Woods State Park is another woodland wonderland located in Killington. You will find picnic areas and camping facilities in the park. Outdoors lovers can also explore the park’s waterways and fish during a visit. The state park contains a portion of the Appalachian Trail for runners and trekkers to explore.
4. BILLINGS FARM MUSEUM
Vermont is one of America’s biggest producers of dairy products. While states in the Midwest are typically linked to dairy farms, Vermont has long been a major player in the industry.
The Billings Farm Museum is located just a stone’s throw from Killington in Woodstock and gives visitors an education into Vermont’s agricultural heritage. The museum has interactive exhibits and regular programs for visitors to view.
5. PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Located in Rutland, another short-distance drive from Killington, you will find the historic Paramount Theater. The theater shows live shows and screened entertainment throughout the year.
The Paramount Theater opened in 1914 and has been a major source of pride for locals for over a century. The theater was restored in the early 2000’s and looks just as stunning today as it did in the early 20th century.
6. KILLINGTON BEAST MOUNTAIN COASTER
The Beast Mountain Coaster is an adrenaline rush like no other. The extreme roller coaster is a 4,800-foot-long alpine adventure that twists, turns, and blasts through the forest. The Beast Mountain Coaster has 360-degree corkscrews and provides nail-biting thrills to visitors over 36 inches tall. Visit their website for more information.
7. KILLINGTON GONDOLA RIDES
Breathtaking views are on offer at the top of Killington Mountain courtesy of the peak’s Gondola. You can ride the gondola to the top of the mountain while seeing beautiful views of the local scenery. At the top, there is the Peak Lodge to enjoy and nimble on a spot of lunch.
8. CRAFT BEER BREWERIES
The Killington area has become well-known in craft beer drinking circles for the high-quality breweries in the region. Killington Beer Company carries the name of the city and is located nearby for beer lovers. Harpoon and Long Trail Brewery are also in the area and easy to reach for a cold beer.
9. MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
If you want to expand your kids’ minds while on vacation and introduce them to some exciting new things, then head to the Montshire Museum of Science.
The museum contains more than 150 science exhibits and experiments. There is an area of the museum dedicated to kids under five, so it gives you the chance to let your kids engage in a variety of great learning displays.
10. NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM OF VERMONT
The Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont was created in 1976 and houses a large art collection of the famous American artist Norman Rockwell. The artist’s career spanned 1911 to 1978 and the museum celebrates the 12 months in which he lived in Vermont.
Paintings, magazine covers, and advertisements that Rockwell created are all on display in the museum.