Fun Things To Do This Summer in Killington, VT
Everyone knows Killington, Vermont is famous for skiing, but did you know that Killington is also a world-class summer destination? You just can’t beat a great summer day in Vermont, and the Killington area has so many options, from adventurous to relaxing, we know you’ll find something for everyone.
Of course, the very best summer activity in Killington is an ATV tour with ATV Vermont! (We might, just might, be a little biased, but seriously… it’s a LOT of fun!) Experience the thrill of driving our new Polaris Razor ATVs and see some breathtaking mountain views along the way! Our guides are ready to make sure you have an amazing adventure with us, so go ahead and book your ATV tour today – then you can come back here and see what else the Killington area has to offer to make your Vermont summer vacation epic. 🙂
Killington Resort: “The Beast of the East” does summer in a big way!
If you like action and adventure, you could spend your entire vacation at the Killington Resort Adventure Center. From the Ninja-style obstacle course, to the Beast Mountain Coaster, to the Zip Lines and Ropes Course, to Alpine Tubing and Paddle Board rentals… your main problem is going to be figuring out what to do first!
Here’s a partial list of attractions, with links to more information:
Woodward WreckTangle – Ninja-style obstacle course
Beast Mountain Coaster – 4,800 foot alpine coaster with 360 degree corkscrews
Dual Zip Lines – race your friends!
Skye Ropes Course – 4 stories, 42 obstacles, hours of adventure
Jump Tower – bungee assisted free fall
The Soaring Eagle – dual seat mid-air ride with unbeatable views
Trampoline Jump – flips, tricks & smiles!
Alpine Tubing – a warm-weather take on snow tubing – fun for all ages
Amaze’n Maze – 5,000 square feet of exploration
Downpour Derby & Water Wars – get wet and have fun competing in games with your friends
Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals – cool off on the water at Snowshed Pond
Rock Climbing Adventures – custom guided rock climbing
Killington Resort is also home to New England’s fastest growing downhill mountain bike park, featuring over 30 miles of trails served by three high-speed lifts. Mountain bikers of all ability levels will find something to love at the Killington Bike Park.
When you’ve had your fill of adventure, Killington Resort also offers an amazing day spa for ultimate relaxation. The Killington Grand Spa’s signature treatments include a Warm Maple Sugar Scrub body treatment, Warm Stone Massage, Custom Sports Massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and more.
Off the mountain
OK, sure, there’s a lot to do at Killington Resort itself, but there’s even more to do if you venture a little further afield – which we highly recommend! Any drive in this part of Vermont is a scenic one, and there are destinations and attractions a little off the beaten path that are well worth the effort. Here are a few Vermont summer favorites.
Vermont’s mountains are great for hiking, and the Killington area has lots of options. Some favorites:
Thundering Brook Falls Trail – this short, fun & wheelchair accessible trail is great for hikers of all abilities and ages – with a bonus of a waterfall at the end of the trail!
Gifford Woods State Park – located at the base of Killington and Pico peaks, Gifford Woods State Park includes one the few remaining old-growth hardwood tree stands in Vermont. Popular with through and day hikers alike, Gifford Woods offers a variety of easy to moderate hiking trails, as well as more challenging trails that take you to the Appalachian Trail. Camping, picnicking and fishing are also possible.
Deer Leap Overlook Trail – This dog and kid friendly moderate 1.9 mile trail is known for offering a variety of wildflowers along the way to a spectacular mountain vista at the top.
Other notable hiking opportunities nearby include Coolidge State Park (offers a variety of trails), Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Peak (a more challenging climb), and Killington Peak Loop (moderate). Websites like AllTrails.com and Vermont State Parks can provide you with more information and options for hiking near Killington.
In addition to Killington’s downhill mountain bike park, the Killington valley is home to loads of great mountain and road cycling options. You can bring your own bike or rent one from a local shop.
There’s arguably no better way to take in the wide variety of scenery and landscapes in the Killington, Vermont area than to ride a bike along the roadways! Whether you’re looking for mountain vistas or farmland, you’re sure to find a beautiful view around every corner. Others have done the work to outline some of the best road bike routes, so we recommend you check out these sites out to plan your ride: MapMyRide.com, BikeMap.net, and Killington-Pico Cycling Club.
Pine Hill Park – 300 acre park with 16 miles of single track trails in nearby Rutland, VT
Green Mountain Trails – located 8 miles north of Killington on Route 100, Green Mountain Trails offers 25 miles of varied terrain for biking, hiking, walking, running, and during the winter, snowshoeing.
Sherburne Trails – Multi-use beginner and intermediate terrain. One intermediate trail goes out to a pond in the Green Mountain National Forest.
If you want to rent a bike, check out these area shops:
There are a LOT of golf courses to choose from in Vermont! In addition to the Killington Resort golf course, other area courses include the Green Mountain National Golf Course, Rutland Country Club, The Quechee Club Lakeland & Highland Courses, Okemo Valley Golf Club, Woodstock Country Club, and Neshobe Golf Club.
Festivals, Concerts & other Summer Events
Vermont’s summers are always chock full of great events. Some highlights for this summer:
Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series – Saturday afternoons all summer
Killington Music Festival Music in the Mountain Series – June & July Saturdays
Vermont Bike & Brew – June 21-23
Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride – June 22-23
Killington Jeep Jamboree – July 18-20
Killington Wine Festival – July 19-21
Art in the Park Summer Festival – August 11 & 12
Killington BrewFest – September 27 & 28
As you can see, there are LOADS of great things to do in and around Killington, Vermont. If we’ve missed one of your favorites, be sure to let us know so we can add it to the list!
Ready for a great Killington summer vacation? Click here for some recommended lodging options that offer excellent accommodations for your visit to Vermont.
We hope to see you this summer in Killington!