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Celebrate Vermont Days with free entrance to state parks and historic sites


Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11—The state of Vermont is offering free admission to state parks and state historic sites on June 10 and 11 as part of Vermont Days.

“With free admission to Vermont’s 55 state parks and six state-owned historic sites, Vermont residents and out-of-state visitors are invited to celebrate summer in Vermont by spending the day on the lake, experiencing Vermont’s past, or casting a fishing line during Vermont Days,” said Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Heather Pelham.  

In addition to free admission to Vermont state parks and state historic sites, the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier will offer free admission. There will also be several family-friendly events happening throughout the weekend. 

Event details are as follows: 

Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 10: Statewide

Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives both resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing in Vermont for the day without a license. While it will be free to fish across the entire state on June 10 and anglers without a license can fish on that day, anglers still need to follow the state fishing regulations. 

Free Family Fishing Festival 

Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m.-­3 p.m.  Ed Weed Fish Culture Station, 14 Bell Hill Road, Grand Isle 

Designed for young anglers and families, this free event offers basic fishing instruction, free fishing equipment to borrow, and the chance for kids to catch big trout in the hatchery pond. The day will be filled with a variety of activities from fish biology, fly casting, law digest and regulations, lure making, fish cleaning and more. 

Vermont History Museum, Montpelier

Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 109 State Street, Montpelier

The Vermont History Museum in Montpelier will offer free admission to residents and nonresidents on June 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit various exhibits, including Freedom & Unity, New American Globe: James Wilson of Vermont, which will close at the end of June, and Vermonters at Work to learn about the history of the Green Mountain State and the people who’ve lived here.

Grand Opening of the Groton Nature Center 

Sunday, June 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Groton Nature Center, 1595 Boulder Beach Road, Groton

Celebrate Vermont Days by being the first to enjoy the new nature center and exhibits in Groton State Forest at the Nature Center grand opening. This event features tours of the new exhibits, interpretive programs for all ages, light refreshments, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Extend your visit with a stop at Boulder Beach State Park down the road with free entry for swimming, boating, and concession stand snacks.

Vermont Days at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 3780 VT-100A, Plymouth

Kick off  the summer season in Calvin Coolidge’s hometown by enjoying free admission to the site. A ribbon cutting for the new special exhibit Coolidge’s Contemporaries: The ascension of early 20th century world leaders will take place on Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. The Orton Family, proprietors of the Vermont Country Store, will speak about the Coolidge legacy in Vermont and cut the ribbon. Refreshments to follow. 

Green Mountain Brass Band 

Sunday, June 11 from 2-4 p.m. 177 Reservoir Rd, Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center State Park

Enjoy a free concert with the Green Mountain Brass Band. This traditional band features over 20 brass and percussion musicians who play a variety of traditional and contemporary music, classics, show tunes, pop jazz, rock, and of course, marches. 

For accessible accommodations requests for any of the events listed above, please contact Elle O’Casey (chief marketing officer) at or 802-760-9967.

For more information on Vermont Days, visit

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