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June 11, 2015

Vermont Days Offer Free Fishing and Free Access to State Parks and Historic Sites

Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore Vermont's excellent fishing, state parks, and historic culture for free!

On June 13-14, Vermont State Park day areas and state-owned historic sites will be open at no charge. Saturday is free fishing day -- the one day of the summer when anyone can fish anywhere in Vermont without a license. It's also a day for history: the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center in Barre will offer free admission.

Featured Events:

June 13: Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival -- Designed for young anglers and families, this free event at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in the hatchery pond. 9am - 3pm.

June 13: Vermont History Museum (109 State Street, Montpelier) -- Experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a railroad station with a working telegraph, and more. Free Saturday only: 10am - 4pm.

June 13: Vermont History Center (60 Washington Street, Barre) -- Visit three history exhibits for free: The Emergence of The Granite City; Icons and Oddities; and Service & Sacrifice: Vermont's Civil War Generation. The Leahy Library will also be open for genealogy research. 9am - 4pm.

June 13: Saturday Nature Program at Woodford State Park -- Discover more about some of the animals that call our park home -- moose, bears, frogs, spiders, birds and more. 10am.

June 13: Life-sized Jenga and Smoothie Bike at Sand Bar State Park -- Come on out to Sand Bar State Park to enjoy a fresh smoothie and play a round of life-sized Jenga to promote healthy living. 5:30pm - 7pm.

June 13: Scrapbooking Afternoon at Hubbardton Battlefield -- Kids and the young at heart are invited to create and decorate scrapbooks and journals to record their family history. Materials will be provided. 1pm - 3pm.

June 13: Special Vermont Days Talk: "How the Hubbards Helped Spread Windsor's Fame" (Old Constitution House, Windsor) -- John Alexander, Curator at the American Precision Museum, introduces a new exhibit and talks about the inventions and manufacturing facilities of the Windsor family. 2pm.

June 13: Mount Independence History Program -- Learn about winter soldiering on Mount Independence in this presentation by Mike Barbieri, longtime reenactor of the American Revolution. 2pm -3:30pm.

June 14: Flag Day at Bennington Battle Monument -- Celebrate Flag Day with flag history presentations and flag-making activities for the kids. 10am - 3pm.

June 14: Flag Day at Hubbardton Battlefield -- Site interpreter Carl Fuller will give a short presentation on the history of the American flag, followed by kids' flag activities. 1pm - 3pm.

June 14: Justin Smith Morrill Historic Site Open House -- Come tour the house, stroll the trails and listen to live music on the veranda. Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will host a "Vermont Wildlife: Live Animal Program." 2pm - 4pm.

June 14: Photo Scavenger Hunt at Quechee State Park -- Join an exciting scavenger hunt in the park. 10am.

To find out more about Vermont's great fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, visit

To learn more about Vermont's history and historic sites, current exhibits, season-long special events and children's activities, visit Vermont's historic sites are open through mid- to late- October.

Contact: Laura Peterson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing;; 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: June 11, 2015 15:56:46