Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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A nonprofit organization educating for sustainability. Its campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. Year-round walking trails and programs; seasonal inn, property tours, and children's farmyard (mid-May to mid-October)
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  • caribbeantraveler91
    1,181 contributions
    Nice Stop While in Vermont
    Our friends took us to see Shelburne Farms and walk around the property. It was a bit of a dreary day, but so worth seeing. It sits off the water on well maintained grounds. We were only there for a brief time, and there is so much more to see and do than what we experienced.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Camille H
    19 contributions
    The prettiest place near Lake Champlain
    This place is a dream with green spaces as far as the eyes can see, with an amazing view on the lake, amazing properties and values (sustainability and all), and cute animals that are really well treated. It is also donation based so you pay whatever you want. I highly recommend stopping by the bakery to get a raisin bread!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • kate m
    Newburyport, Massachusetts31 contributions
    Heavenly.
    Stunningly beautiful complex with a conservation and sustainability ethic. Frederick Law Olmstead, Sr.'s imprint is on the property. Lots of trails to walk and activities for children; carefully restored farm, breeding and coach barns and a lovely inn; beautiful gardens; situated right on Lake Champlain.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Kristopher P
    5 contributions
    Incredible experience
    Best part of my trip to Vermont! The staff is so friendly and smart. The animals were unbelievably cute and interactive. The foods you can get are tasty. You can browse around at your pace or take one of their tours. Absolutely love this place and hope to go back one day!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • delanoct
    Gainesville, Florida19 contributions
    Outdoor Concerts at Shelburne Farms
    Hubby & I have attended three of the outdoor concerts (jazz and bluegrass) this past couple of months and cannot say enough good things about the experience! Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets (plastic tarps if the ground is damp), etc. You can bring your own picnic dinner/snacks or they have DELICIOUS dinners for sale from a company that grills meats and veggies, including vegetarian options. Also an ice cream food truck has been there with some very unique flavor offerings! Also, you can bring your own beverages (including wine, beer, cider, etc). There are people of all ages including lots of children running around. The farm animals are nearby for petting. These concerts have been very festive and family- friendly. Hint: The concerts start at 6pm, but you can enter a little before 5:30pm and hike one of their trails to get a beautiful view of Lake Champlain!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Renon p
    4 contributions
    Best Farm experience
    This place is so lovely! It had a farm charm plus elegance! My granddaughters loved feeding the calves and seeing all the animals. The tractor ride was especially fun to make the whole farm experience. I would recommend buying the cheese, it was very tasty. We will be back on our next visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • moonbeams23
    Newburgh, New York53 contributions
    Sun to Cheese Tour
    My son and I did the sun to cheese tour. Such an amazing experience, I can not recommend it enough! Our guide was amazing, she really helped make it an unforgettable time! We got to hang out with the cows and the calves, OMG, so darn cute! We also got to taste all of the cheese they make and learn about the cheese-making process.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • dcayden
    Wauwatosa, Wisconsin32 contributions
    Amazing view
    We stopped just before closing time but we did get to have the tracker ride to the farm but only had a few minutes to look around. It was such a beautiful view so glad we stopped. The farm itself looked like something from a movie. Recommend highly
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • NPSeaker
    Albany, New York391 contributions
    One of our favorite places to visit
    After coming here many times, we could not pass up another stop on the way home from visiting Vermont. We never get tired of the beautiful grounds here. We had been in the car for several hours and wanted to stretch our legs on the nice pathways (gravel walkways) here. The scenery is beautiful and the walk is just right from where you park, to the large barn where they have a bakery and cheese making area. The animals are nice to look at (especially the 2 donkeys). There is a small store where you park that sells delicious shortbread cookies along with other items like cheese and beverages. There are many walking trails and in the past we have walked to the Lake Champlain shoreline and house. There is a lot of history here and the man that works at the entrance booth shared some history with us that we appreciated. If you just want to walk around, there is no cost.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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vagaruy
San Diego, CA24 contributions
Oct 2020
Visited the farms based on the reviews everywhere on the internet and wasn’t disappointed ! The property is huge and offers miles of trails where you can either interact with animals , watch maple trees tapped or marvel at the beautiful inn and the barn . I must say I think the farm offers the best view of the lake . Be prepared to spend at least three hours when visiting to truly enjoy the views offered by the farm .
Written October 19, 2020
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Bertha V
5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I see that the more negative reviews are referring to day visits. My review is for overnight guests. We stayed at the inn for 2 nights. It was perfect. Perfect! The history of Shelbourne Farms is very interesting, and there are books in each room to learn all about it. The Webb family’s original portraits grace the main rooms. The wood details on the staircase and throughout the inn are breathtaking. If you want to have a cup of coffee in an 19th century library with beautiful views, while sitting on original furniture and looking around at hundreds of volumes of beautifully preserved books, well…this is the place for you!!
We hiked for miles without leaving the property. We took along the fresh-baked bread and cheese made on the farm. There are benches along the trails for places to stop and enjoy a picnic.
The dinners were unique and creative. Our host Ari was incredibly helpful, and the staff was very professional. We had breakfast in the dining room the first morning but enjoyed complimentary homemade muffins and coffee in the library the second morning. After hiking, we sat on Adirondack chairs in front of the lake and sumptuous gardens.
I loved this place.
Written June 13, 2022
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,137 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Overflow parking exists for RVers and large-sized vehicles. ADA and non-ADA portable bathrooms are available. If you are planning to purchase food or other retail items, cash and credit are accepted. It is FREE to enter and walk on the miles of trails. Donations are accepted. Bicycles are NOT permitted on the trails. Wear bug spray and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Water refills are available. As there are around 10 miles of trails, where appropriate footwear. Assess your personal fitness level before you go. Maps are available, or take a photo of the map. The staff is exceptional, as they are kind and helpful.
Written July 12, 2021
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Renon p
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This place is so lovely! It had a farm
charm plus elegance! My granddaughters loved feeding the calves and seeing all the animals. The tractor ride was especially fun to make the whole farm experience. I would recommend buying the cheese, it was very tasty.
We will be back on our next visit.
Written August 18, 2023
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alexafro
Boston, MA4 contributions
Aug 2020
Absolutely LOVED this stop. Spent 4 hours walking around the farm, taking in the views from the inn, and admiring the unique barn architecture. The garden at the inn overlooking the lake is one of a kind. We ended with a farm fresh picnic with all of the to-go salads from the store. SOO yum. I've never liked beets before this beet salad.
Written August 3, 2020
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NPSeaker
Albany, NY391 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
After coming here many times, we could not pass up another stop on the way home from visiting Vermont. We never get tired of the beautiful grounds here. We had been in the car for several hours and wanted to stretch our legs on the nice pathways (gravel walkways) here. The scenery is beautiful and the walk is just right from where you park, to the large barn where they have a bakery and cheese making area. The animals are nice to look at (especially the 2 donkeys). There is a small store where you park that sells delicious shortbread cookies along with other items like cheese and beverages. There are many walking trails and in the past we have walked to the Lake Champlain shoreline and house. There is a lot of history here and the man that works at the entrance booth shared some history with us that we appreciated. If you just want to walk around, there is no cost.
Written September 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Felicia
17 contributions
Jul 2019
Went here and had Brunch at the INN; we stopped at the bakery which had incredible bread, the cheese making place, and the animals. really enjoyed the beautiful place and the feeling. The grounds were well kept and the staff was friendly. Wanted to do a tour when we got to the bakery and asked if we could sign up there, they said you had to go back out to the front but with our reservation at the INN we didnt have time so we called. When we called they said it would be fine and we could do the tour no problem. When we got to the front gate for the tour they said they sold out. really unfortunate because we were on the grounds and could only book via phone as we didnt have time to go back out front or we would miss our reservation time.
Written January 9, 2020
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AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ4,612 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
My family and I enjoyed Shelburne Farms so much we went here on consecutive days. It is basically a huge estate and working farm with a Gilded Age mansion on it. There are walking trails and animals and you can explore the grounds for free.

The first day we hiked up to Lone Tree Hill, the highest point on the property. The second day we did the 4.5 mile loop out to the estate and formal gardens. It is a lot of walking but over mostly flat terrain and both the mansion and the gardens were worth the effort. Needless to say, we loved it here!
Written August 7, 2021
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znmom
Glastonbury, CT46 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a special place!
Working dairy farm with cheese making factory and bakery.
We stopped wanting to purchase some local farm cheese, but decided to take a walk around the property. We were so happy we did.
The walk to the dairy barn is about 3/4 mile, easy walk and well marked.
The dairy barn and surrounding buildings are beautiful. A must see!
A short 1/4 mile hike up hill, brings you to beautiful vista of the farm, Lake Champlain, Green Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains. Well worth the short hike!
Written October 17, 2022
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Kristopher P
5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Best part of my trip to Vermont! The staff is so friendly and smart. The animals were unbelievably cute and interactive. The foods you can get are tasty. You can browse around at your pace or take one of their tours. Absolutely love this place and hope to go back one day!
Written July 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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