We rented a camp on Lake Bomoseen the last week of August. I used this site for much of the planning, so I figured I'd give some feedback.
We checked out Independence Farm in Orwell. It was a bit small, maybe 15 animals in one barn. All the animals were wandering around and a few were a bit aggressive. It was an ok visit, but we didn't even spend an hour here as my husband thought it was dirty and mom didn't like the owner.
We went to Crystal Beach almost every day. It was clean with a great new playground for the kids. The little carts they provide were helpful in getting your things to the beach. The dock was fun to jump off and bathrooms clean and plentiful. There is a covered picnic pavilion as well as many picnic tables under the trees with charcoal grills. The snack shack was closed the whole week we were there so don't count on that for food. We arrived at about 9:45 each morning so didn't have to pay to get in. This was one of our favorite parts of vacation.
My husband took my 4-year-old daughter to Six Flags Great Escape and they really loved it there. She is 42 inches tall and could ride most everything. The lines were not too long mid week. He bought the tickets online through AAA's website and saved a good chunk of money. They also tailgated a picnic lunch to save some money.
They went to Bromley Mountain for their summer activities. The alpine slide was a blast. The other things (zip line, bounce house, mini golf, trampoline, bumper cars, etc) were fun and filled the day. Since we got the AAA discount on Six Flags, Bromley was actually more expensive and not nearly as exciting in our view.
My husband and a friend went to Pine Hill Park in Rutland to mountain bike two days. They found it challenging and long enough to go for 2 hours without being bored. There is a small bike shop for inexpensive rentals and basic repairs. There is no trail fee to ride.
We checked out the Vermont State Fair in Rutland in the day Saturday. It wasn't too crowded and food was moderately priced. The farm animals were clean and beautiful, but there were preforming animals and petting zoo animals that screamed animal cruelty to me. There were some great historical farming pieces, as well as side shows, carnival rides and food. Overall it was fun, but hot without shade and lots of walking. I was only there 4 hours but exhausted by the end.
I posted a review on the Roxy and Hildale sections of the site, both were huge hits.
Lake Bomoseen was clear but very seaweedy. There were a ton of boats on the weekends but quiet during the week. Very good fishing. There is NOTHING to do here, so don't come if you want party life. But if you want a quiet escape, we loved it.
I hope that helps some of you!Edited: 9:46 am, September 04, 2012