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An April 2005 trip to Burlington by chicnfngas

Quote: A beautiful, scenic area along Lake Champlain with much fun to offer
The tour begins with a short film about the history of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. It is interesting and informative. We both gained a lot of information from the movie, and it was well suited for children. After the movie, we saw the inside of the plant where the ice cream is produced. If you visit during the week, you can actually see the people working at the different stations. Unfortunately, we were there on a Saturday and did not get to see this. They also show a movie demonstrating how everything works and the different processes the ice cream goes through. The tour guides are really informative, know their stuff, and tell great jokes. After the information session, we were taken to a ro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Ben and Jerry's Factory
Route 100 North I-89 Exit 10
Waterbury, Vermont
(802) 882-1240

When you first see the building, you know you are going to have a good time. The building is colorful and in a farm-like setting. When you enter the building, you walk into the teddy bear store and get to see all the different bears they sell. The bears themselves are quite expensive (running from $50-70), but the tour only costs $2. During the tour, they show you how the fabric is cut (and even give you a free gift), how they sew the pieces together, how they are stuffed, and how they are fixed when sent back for warranty claims (each bear carries a lifetime warranty). The tour guide was very funny and worked extremely well with the children, answering their questions as if the teddy bears w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Vermont Teddy Bear Company
6655 Shelburne Road
Burlington, Vermont 05482
(800) 988-8277

Church Street Marketplace

Attraction | "Church Street"

If you like shopping, you will love all the little shops along this street. It's closed off to cars (except for some intersections where cars cross), so you can just walk around and enjoy the shops. There are a lot of interesting local shops. One in particular that I visited sold things (pictures, glass crafts, etc.) made by local artisans. The store was really pricey, but it was really fun to browse around in. Some of the artwork was absolutely amazing. There was also a store that sold just socks (which was great, since I have a random obsession with collecting socks). There are a couple of bistros and taverns along the path, so you can always find a bite to eat if you are hungry. Un...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Church Street Marketplace
2 Church Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 863-1648