Top 40 Things to Do in Stowe

May 7, 2023


In honor of the 40th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week, we’ve put together the ultimate bucket list of the Top 40 Things to do in Stowe, Vermont. National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13, celebrates the U.S. travel community and travel’s essential role in stimulating economic growth, cultivating vibrant communities, creating quality job opportunities, inspiring new businesses and elevating the quality of life for Americans every day.

Here are 40 things to do in Stowe in honor of 40 years of National Travel and Tourism Week:

  1. Visit Stowe’s historic downtown village, featuring Vermont’s tallest church steeple on the Stowe Community Church.
  2. Take a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak.
  3. Go for a mountain bike ride on one of Stowe’s many trails – beginners welcome!
  4. Explore town on the Stowe Recreation Path – a 5.3-mile paved public path that’s free to use, easy to access and open all year round.
  5. Take a scenic drive up the Auto Toll Road or through Smugglers’ Notch – perfect for summer and fall.
  6. Savor all your favorite flavors at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory.
  7. Head out on the water to paddleboard, canoe or kayak at the Waterbury Reservoir – Rentals available on-site!
  8. Grab a craft beverage from some of the best breweries, cideries and wineries in Vermont, or plan a full craft brewery tour.
  9. Plan a visit to Stowe in all four seasons to experience the beautiful, changing scenery and the best the area has to offer in summer, fall, winter and spring.
  10. Take a hike! Stowe features more than 45 hiking trails with a variety of easy, moderate and expert trail options for all ages and abilities—from Stowe Pinnacle and Sterling Pond to the famously steep Hellbrook Trail.
  11. Soar your way through the treetops with the ultimate zipline adventure by ArborTrek Canopy Adventures.
  12. Experience the Best of Route 100 when you take a drive on the historic Green Mountain Byway.
  13. Chase waterfalls while taking a small hike to Bingham Falls or Moss Glen Falls, Vermont’s tallest waterfall.
  14. Enjoy a fresh cider donut at Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
  15. Visit the haunted Emily’s Bridge, or Gold Brook Covered Bridge, which is one of three classic Vermont covered bridges in the area.
  16. Venture up to see views at Trapp Family Lodge, originally built in 1950 and currently run by the family that inspired The Sound of Music.
  17. Take an E-bike tour of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
  18. Visit a maple sugarhouse for some classic Vermont maple treats.
  19. Dine with spectacular panoramic views at the Cliff House Restaurant situated at the top of Mt. Mansfield.
  20. Explore one of Stowe’s picturesque swimming holes.
  21. See a show at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.
  22. Take in one of Vermont’s incredible sunsets in the mountains or in town.
  23. Schedule a guided tour to experience the area from our friendly, local guides.
  24. Relax and unwind at one of Stowe’s spa and wellness centers.
  25. Go on a scenic fall foliage tour.
  26. Take part in a road race in the summer and fall months.
  27. Enjoy a round of bowling at Stowe Bowl or mini golf at Stowe Golf Park.
  28. Immerse yourself in the arts community by visiting museums and galleries throughout the area.
  29. Live like a local and visit the Stowe Farmer’s Market.
  30. Pop into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum to see what fun exhibits they have on display.
  31. Experience Stowe, At Night, Lantern Tours for a nighttime adventure of ghost stories and history.
  32. Wander through the Percy Farm Corn Maze for the perfect fall activity.
  33. Take a snowmobile tour of the backcountry during the snowy winter months.
  34. Soak in live music at the Music in the Meadow outdoor concert series.
  35. Find the perfect gift to take home at one of our unique, local shops.
  36. During your winter visit, experience the ultimate winter wonderland at the outdoor skating rink at Spruce Peak Village.
  37. Plan to visit Little River Hotglass Studio & Gallery for the finest crafted blown glass or reserve a session to create your own.
  38. Learn to fish from one of our local experts.
  39. Plan a food tour to experience as many creatively delicious culinary options in the area.
  40. Play a round of disc golf at Trapp Family Lodge or Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf & Outdoor Center.

Feature image courtesy of Mark Vandenberg.