- The list below includes 56 free or cheap things to do in or near Manchester, Vermont, including 88 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, Arts Centers, Science Museums and Specialty Museums.
- From Lye Brook Falls to Mount Equinox, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Manchester and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Arlington, Bennington, Wilmington and Ludlow.
Experience Mount Equinox, southern Vermont's highest peak, via the Skyline Drive, with picnic areas and lookouts along its 5.2 mile climb. At the summit, visit the Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Centre, with information about the Carthusian Monks, whose only US monastery is located on the mountain.
Named for a fallen officer in 1972, the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park is popular with the local community. The park covers over 88 acres and features a dog park, swimming pool, multiple athletic fields, a walking path and three playgrounds.
Constructed in the early 1900s, Hildene was the family estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Visit the Georgian Revival-style house, grounds and gardens. Highlights include a 1000-pipe organ played daily, farm, original 1835 one-room schoolhouse and a restored wooden Pullman rail …
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Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. The Home is open to guests for tours of the home, grounds and walking trails.
Voted Best Bookstore in the country by Publisher's Weekly magazine, Northshire Bookstore is a family-owned independent bookstore in a historic Victorian farmhouse and inn. Calendar includes frequent author readings and events.
A group of local artists founded the Southern Vermont Arts Center in a historic Georgian mansion. Along with a permanent collection of more than 700 paintings, the center offers changing exhibits and a performing arts theater.
Operating since 1968, the American Museum of Flyfishing provides permanent fly fishing collections and exhibitions. The museum features over 1,400 rods, 1,200 reels, and 22,000 flies along with art, photographs and other archival materials.