Montpelier Vermont is the county seat of Washington County and the capital of the state of Vermont. There are a couple of places that you should not miss while you are here. BBOnline recommends the following sights you can visit when you go to Montpelier Vermont.
Vermont State Capitol Building
115 State Street
The Vermont State House is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved statehouses in the country. Its style is reminiscent of Greek Revival architecture. Originally designed in 1857 and built in 1859, it has preserved most of the original furnishings in very good condition. On top of the dome stands Ceres, the goddess of agriculture. It is open on Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free tours available from July to mid-October. Just a short distance from a Montpelier Inn, the Capitol Building is a must-see in Montpelier, Vermont.
Hubbard Park & Tower
33 Stewart Road
Montpelier, VT 05602
Hubbard Park is one beautiful place to go to in Montpelier Vermont with majestic trees. It totals 185 acres that has many picnic areas where you can take your family for a picnic. There is about 7 miles of trails where you can go hiking and skiing. Other facilities you can use to enjoy your visit here are a sledding hill, ball field where you can play soccer or baseball and a 54-foot observation tower that will give you a panoramic view of the park and its surrounding areas.
Montpelier, VT 05601
Three branches, Kingsbury, Stevens and North, enter the Winooski River in Montpelier. The river is the habitat for many species of wildlife like sandpipers, American osprey, beavers, otters and more. Fishes such as trout and walleye make the river a rich fishing ground for fishing enthusiasts. Annually, in June, there is a 6 day paddling trip down the whole Winooski River to raise funds and awareness for the protection of the river. After an exciting but educational day at the Winooski River, it would be refreshing to take a rest at your Montpelier Bed and Breakfast.
North Branch Park
The 179-acre park is a combination of many interesting things: the North Branch River, wetlands, shore land and an interesting mixture of trees, both softwood and hardwood. You can see several tricking streams. The active beavers that live there have built up the wetlands that are located at the bottom of the hill into a pond series. The park has a Park Bridge that crosses the North Branch River as well as hiking and walking trails such as the Corridor Crossing Trail. Pets and people are not allowed in the wetland areas and dogs should be kept on a leash in order to preserve the animals and plants.
Rock of Ages Quarry
Rock of Ages Visitors Center
Barre, VT 05641
Barre, about 10 miles away from Montpelier is the location of the world’s largest granite quarry. Steep cliffs are a sight to behold, going down 475 feet to the quarry floor. In the visitor's center you will see how granite is cut, sculpted and polished, transformed from stone into works of art. You can also make your own stone gift at its activity center. The Quarry takes you to watch the amazing sites of the quarry.