Vermont Days: Free Fishing & Free Access to State Parks & Historic Sites

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Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore Vermont places and activities for free! Vermont State Park day areas and state-owned historic sites will be open at no charge on June 8-9. Saturday is free fishing day – the one day of the year that anyone with a fishing pole may fish Vermont waterways without a license. Vermont Days offer a variety of activities and events at state parks and historic sites. Note, several sites offer specific free times one day only, please be sure to visit for the complete schedule.

Featured Events:

June 8: Grand Isle Fishing Festival
at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle. Designed for young anglers, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

June 8:  Go Fly a Kite…. at Hubbarton Battlefield
Learn how to make a simple kite or bring your own to fly and enjoy our freedoms. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

June 8: Vermont History Museum
The Vermont History Museum features the award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit with hands-on Vermont history from 1600 to the present day. There is also an exhibit area currently showing Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers. Free Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 8: Lorax Day at Quechee State Park
Activities throughout the day include a Lorax story walk, a “Truffle” tree identification walk, a Find the Lorax Compass class, a Lorax craft activity and a Lorax obstacle course. Come join the fun! 10:00 a.m. ­– 4:00 p.m.

June 8:  Mount Independence History Program
Paul Gillies, Vermont historian and attorney, presents the annual J. Robert Maguire lecture.  1:00 p.m.

June 9: Justin Smith Morrill Homestead Open House
Come tour the house, stroll the trails and visit the lovely gardens. Free refreshments and dessert make this one sweet deal! 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

To find out more about Vermont’s great fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at 802-241-3700 and ask for a copy of the “Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide.”  Email for any questions or discover more from the Fish & Wildlife website.

While there, check out this new interactive resource for Family Friendly Fishing spots.

To learn more about Vermont’s history and historic sites, current exhibits, season-long special events and children’s activities, Vermont State Historic Sites has launched a new website – Vermont’s historic sites are open through mid to late October, 2013.  Read more about Vermont on GoNOMAD Travel!