What to Do When You Don’t Ski

Killington is known nationally as New England’s premier ski destination. But is there anything else to do when you’re tired of the slopes? Here are a few things which show there’s more to do than sit at the base lodge sipping hot chocolate. You are sure to enjoy these activities during your next stay in a Killington vacation rental.

billings farm and museum

Billings Farm and Museum 

Established in 1983, the Billings Farm and Museum exists to preserve the historic character and heritage of rural Vermont and it is widely considered one of the best attractions in Killington. The farm was originally built in 1871 by Frederick Billings as a 270-acre dairy operation. Today, guests will find extensive farm life exhibits, a fully restored and furnished 1890 farmhouse, and many educational activities and programs for the whole family. 

Children will delight seeing farm animals up close, everything from draft horses to chickens. There are over 70 Jersey cows on the property and a large flock of sheep. During the winter season, visitors may visit the animal barns and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride around the property. Year-round educational programs provide opportunities to learn about the different farm animals, including an introduction to milking cows. 

To learn about traditional farm life, visit the farm life exhibits, which display scenes typical of Vermont a century ago with historic tools, farm equipment, family possessions, and oral histories.

Exhibits include a general store, rural farmhouse, ice cutting and harvesting, and maple sugaring.

Experience the Billings Farm and Museum firsthand at 69 Old River Road, Woodstock. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and vacation weeks. The cost of admission is between $4-$16, depending on age. Make sure to check out their events calendar for exciting activities and demonstrations! 

Ben & Jerry’s

It’s never too cold for ice cream! Or at least that’s what you will be thinking when paying a visit to Ben & Jerry’s Vermont factory. This family-friendly activity is sure to please all ages at any time of the year. 

If you’ve got the time, take a 30-minute guided tour, which informs guests about company history, gives a glimpse of the manufacturing process, and most importantly of all, provides a free sample of one of Ben & Jerry’s incredible ice cream flavors! There’s everything from the classics, like cookies and cream and vanilla fudge, to light ice creams, frozen yogurts, and dairy-free options – truly something for everyone! A stop here is the perfect desert after lunch at one of many local restaurants in Killington.

Tours are offered 7 days a week year-round. Each tour has a capacity of 40 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Special reservations can be made for groups of 10 or more. The cost is $4 per adult, $3 for seniors, and children age 12 and under are free. 

On your way out of the tour, don’t miss out on the scoop shop and gift shop. The factory recommends a minimum visit of 1 hour and 15 minutes to 3 hours to experience everything. Visit Ben & Jerry’s factory at 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road in Waterbury. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the first tour starting at 10:15 a.m. and the last tour leaving at 5 p.m. 

two children enjoying tubing in killington

Winter Sports

Even if skiing is not for you, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Killington’s beautiful winter weather. Killington Ski Resort offers the best snow tubing around at the Killington Tubing Park – a lift service, multi-lane snow tubing park. A single-entry ticket costs $25 for adults and $20 for tubers 18 and under. The price of entry includes lift service, tube rental, and park access. Each session lasts for 90 minutes. 

Head out to the Foundry at Summit Pound for some great food, live entertainment, and ice skating. Adults pay $5 and children $3 to get out on the pond. Skate rentals are available, and the park operates from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Book Your Stay 

For your perfect winter vacation, consider our full range of rentals – from large Killington townhome rentals to cozy condos.

Plan a trip to Killington, and you’ll find plenty to do beyond skiing!

Contact

The Killington Group
10 West Park Road
Killington, VT 05751

802-422-2300


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