Though there are plenty of great Vermont activities to choose from when the weather is nice, what do you do when, despite all your planning, the rain refuses to cooperate? Summer storms happen in Vermont, and don't always pass as quickly as the saying "wait 15 minutes and it will change" implies. It's a good idea to have backup activities planned to keep the family happy and the vacation fun. With that in mind, we've collected a few of our favorite indoor Vermont activities for a rainy day.
Arts and Museums
A museum or art gallery can be a great short excursion while you wait for the weather to blow over. There's plenty of art, history and nature to see, and you stand a good chance of learning something, too! We previously collected a list of some of the best southern Vermont museums, with lots of options depending on your interests and location. Just don't forget to wear comfy shoes!
Candlepin Bowling in Wilmington
If the weather is looking to stay grey for a little longer, you might consider going candlepin bowling at North Star Bowling in Wilmington. Candlepin is a lot like regular bowling, but the ball is much smaller and the pins are much thinner (hence the name "candlepins"). Candlepin is a fun, fast-paced variation on regular bowling that is great for the whole family - the balls are also lighter than traditional bowling balls, so they're easier for kids to handle. And if you've never bowled candlepins before, the owners at North Star are friendly and willing to teach you everything you need to know, making this one of the most interesting and accessible Vermont activities for a rainy day.
The New England Center for Circus Arts
One of the oldest rainy-day activities is a trip to the circus. But why sit in a tent that smells like an elephant when you can learn to be part of the circus instead? At the New England Center for Circus Arts, or NECCA, you and your family can take classes in acrobatics, juggling, trapeze and more. The NECCA staff offer private classes and regular workshops, so you don't need to commit to a full 12-week class. And the academy has plenty of teachers that handle all skill levels, so even if you can't stand on one foot, you can still learn to be part of the show.
Of course, these are only a small selection of the many Vermont activities you can find to do on a rainy day. But no matter what you choose to do, you can always come back to your nice warm long-term Vermont rental house for a respite from the rain - and a place to plan the next day's excitement.