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Visit the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

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Alongside the well-known attractions of skiing, covered bridges, and maple syrup sugarhouses, you'll find a great attraction that is often overlooked - the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. However, for the right sort of guest, this museum is a fantastic mix of history, biology, and natural wonder. To help you get the most out of your visit, we've made a short guide to visiting and enjoying the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Vermont musuem

The Natural History Museum was originally the collection of Luman Ranger Nelson, a noted taxidermist and naturalist who lived in the southern Vermont area at the beginning of the 20th century. Much of the Museum's collection dates back to his original specimens - many of the pieces in the museum are from the 1920s and 1930s.

Today, the collection comprises more than 200 specimens of native Vermont birds and mammals, making this Vermont museum one of the finest collections of New England fauna anywhere in the world. The museum even features a number of rare and extinct species that would be very difficult to find anywhere else. You can also find an excellent mineralogy and geology exhibit that explains many of the geological features of the New England region.

In addition to the museum exhibits, you'll also find a number of live animal specimens as a part of the Museum's Education Animals collection. This includes several reptiles and amphibians as well as a number of birds of prey, such as a Red-Shouldered Hawk, a variety of owls, and "Molly Stark" the Bald Eagle. You and your family will definitely enjoy watching and learning about these animals.

You can also expand your visit to the Southern Vermont Museum by taking part in one of the numerous educational programs they have throughout the year. This includes several presentations on the wildlife of New England, a guided exploration tour of the adjacent nature preserve, and even an annual Vermont Wildlife Festival featuring educational exhibits and activities for all ages.

Vermont Bald EagleOnce you're done at the museum, you can also enjoy the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, a 600-acre preserve that holds miles of Vermont hiking and nature trails. Though it may seem like a simple nature museum, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is actually a full day of education and entertainment for you and your family.

After exercising your bodies and your brains, you'll probably want a comfortable place to veg out for a while. If that's the case, take a look at our selection of long-term Vermont winter rental homes. These comfortable, well-appointed houses will let you get the rest you need for another full day of Vermont adventure.

Get Discounted Lift Tickets at Mount Snow

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Mount Snow, just north of Wilmington, Vermont, is a great place to spend your winter vacation. With nearly 600 acres of ski and snowboard trails, terrain parks, tubing, snowmobiling, and more, you certainly won't run out of things to do. Many people, though, don't enjoy one particular part of the experience - buying Mount Snow lift tickets.Skiing in vermont

Luckily for you, there are a number of ways to get discounted Mount Snow lift tickets throughout the ski and snowboard season. We've put together a guide on some of the best ways to get cheap lift tickets for Mount Snow, letting you enjoy all that the mountain has to offer without breaking the bank.

Founder's Day - December 12, 2013

On Founder's Day, the birthday of Mount Snow, you can get lift tickets for a full day's riding and sliding for just $12. All you need to do is order online by December 10, and you'll be good to go.

Kids Pay Their Age Day - January 5, 2013 

If you have young ones - or you're a young one yourself - you'll love this promotion. Anyone under the age of 18 gets a one-day Mount Snow lift ticket for the price of their own age!

College Week Thursdays - January 9 and 16, 2014

These two Thursdays give college students the chance to play all day on the slopes of Mount Snow for just $29. All you need is your valid college ID.

Two for $49 on Valentine's Day - February 10, 2014

Take a ski trip with that special someone on Valentine's Day, and get a special discount to boot. This deal lets couples - or really close friends - get a great price on Mount Snow lift tickets.

Season Pass Holder Bring-a-Friend Fridays - All non-holiday Fridays

If you have a season pass, you can get discounted Mount Snow lift tickets for your friend or family member all season long. When you show your season pass on non-holiday Fridays, you can get regular adult tickets for $50, and children and senior tickets for only $29.

Sunday Ticket Deals - All non-holiday Sundays

If you're looking for a great way to finish off the weekend, you can get awesome deals on Sunday lift tickets throughout the whole winter. The Sunday Sleeper pack gives you a ticket from 12 to 4 PM for just $29, while the Family Four Pack gets you four discounted Mount Snow lift tickets for just $99 - less than $25 apiece.

Order Online - All Season Long

One of the easiest ways to save on Mount Snow lift tickets is just to plan ahead and order online. Lift tickets are available on the Mount Snow website for steep discounts - as much as 63% off the regular price. Snowboarding in Vermont

Once you've got your discounted Mount Snow lift tickets, you'll probably want a comfortable place to sleep off the long days of skiing and boarding. Why not look at a long-term Vermont winter rental just a short drive from Mount Snow itself? You get all the comforts of home, room for all your gear, and a better rate than a hotel. Take a look at all of the listings online!

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