When most people think of Vermont, they think of ski hills, hiking trails, and the other attractions associated with the state’s superb natural beauty. Yet there’s a whole lot more to The Green Mountain State than those things.
Vermont is full of offbeat attractions that are absolutely worth checking out. You might not find them in your guidebook, but they’re out there, waiting to discovered by adventurous travelers.
Here are a few our personal favorites.
Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Waterbury, Vermont
Where do Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors go to die? Waterbury, Vermont, apparently.
Opened in 1997, the Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard is a memorial to long-gone varieties of the popular ice cream brand. Among its residents are flavors like Wavy Gravy and Fossil Fuel, which honestly don’t sound like they were very good to begin with, but we’re not here to speak ill of the dead.
If you want to pay your respects, you can do so on a half-hour tour. Just be sure to check the graveyard’s official website, as hours vary from season to season.
Knight’s Spider Web Farm – Williamstown, Vermont
We admit this peculiar attraction might not be for everyone. Arachnophobes in particular may want to steer clear.
If you’re not creeped out by spiders, however, it’s worth checking out.
Nicknamed “the original web site,” this attraction is contained within two small barns. Inside, proprietor Will Knight allows spiders to weave webs to their hearts’ content. Once they’ve completed their tapestries, White humanely relocates them, sprays the webs with white paint to make them more visible, and frames them.
If you’re interested in viewing these intricate pieces of natural art, you can arrange a visit through the Web Farm’s official website—just remember to bring a mask.
Bellows Falls Petroglyphs – Bellows Falls, Vermont
At the bottom of Vermont’s Bellows Falls, you’ll find several prehistoric petroglyphs that experts say are more than 3000 years old.
These petroglyphs, which depict simply-drawn faces, are believed to be the handiwork of the Abenaki First Nation. The meaning of these carvings has been the subject of debate, though many of the leading theories have come from colonizers who didn’t actually consult the Abenaki people.
Whatever the case, these petroglyphs are incredibly interesting, and an important part of indigenous history in the area. They’re visible from Vilas Bridge, just across from Connecticut.
Tallest Filing Cabinet on Earth – Burlington, Vermont
There’s not much to say about this attraction that the name doesn’t cover. It’s the tallest filing cabinet on earth. At least, it claims to be.
Find this 38-drawer monolith, built by artist Bren Alvarez in 2002, in Burlington. Just don’t ask what’s inside its top drawer.
Dog Chapel – St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Vermont’s Dog Chapel is a tribute to the longstanding relationship between dogs and humankind. For many dog lovers, that alone is reason enough for a visit.
Part of what makes Dog Chapel so cool, however, is its origin story.
This attraction was founded by folk artist Stephen Huneck—after he died. How did this happen? According to Atlas Obscura, Huneck died due to complications of Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, only to be revived a few minutes later. When he came to, he was compelled “build a chapel, one that celebrated the spiritual bond we have with our dogs, and that would be open to dogs and people. People of any faith or belief system.”
If you and your canine companion feel like visiting this unique attraction, you can find it on Dog Mountain, about 2 miles east of St. Johnsbury.
Rock of Ages Granite Quarry – Graniteville, Vermont
This attraction’s main claim to fame is being the “world’s largest deep-hole dimension granite quarry.” That might not sound all that impressive, but trust us, it is.
The quarry itself is a whopping 600 feet deep. About half of that is submerged under vibrant green water, while the remainder—a towering mosaic of granite—is exposed to the elements. It’s worth seeing for its sheer scale alone.
Tours, which take a little less than an hour, cost just $6.50.