- The list below includes 77 free or cheap things to do in or near Charlotte, Vermont, including 79 different types of inexpensive activities like Farms & Ranches, National & State Parks, Movie Theaters and Art Gallery.
- From Mt. Philo State Park to Vermont Wildflower Farm, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Charlotte and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Burlington, Middlebury, South Burlington and Shelburne.
Spread over 168 acres, the Mt. Philo State Park is located on top of the actual mountain that reaches an elevation of 968 feet. The park provides camping as well as overlooks the Adirondack Mountains and the Lake Champlain Valley.
The retail location of the Vermont Wildflower Farm is open from early May until early October every year. During this time, the gardens and woodlands are available for public viewing along with the purchasing of bulbs, gifts, and decorative items in the store.
The historic National Museum of the Morgan Horse is a museum that is dedicated to preserving and displaying artifacts related to the history of the Morgan Horse. The museum is best known for the 'Lippit Exhibit'.
Open seven days a week throughout the year, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company offers tours of their factory. In addition to the general factory tour, guests have access to the on-site Bear Shop where they can purchase specialty teddy bears.
Laplatte Nature Park spans 125 acres and offers trails for walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, with side paths leading to the Laplatte River. There is also a community garden that houses flowers, plants, and fruits within the park.
Tours of Selburne Farms are offered four times throughout the day between May and October every year. The tours begin at the Welcome Center and can even include a side trip to the Children's Farmyard which focuses on educational, hands-on activities for kids.
Visitors can enjoy a showcase for a variety of local artists at the Art Exhibition At Shelburne Farms. The farm hosts a variety of other exhibitions, programs, and special events in the Coach Barn that was built in 1902.
Operating since 1964, Champlain Lanes Bowling features 16 lanes of bowling including automatic scoring, bumper lanes and cosmic bowling. The bowling alley has a bar and grill as well as arcade video game machines.