on October 2, 2006
Call us kids at heart.We decided to stop by the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory on our way up to Burlington.Location: It is conveniently located right off Route 7 with ample parking. FYI: while I did not try it, it appears you can then take Route 7 North right into Burlington (that is what I gather from a map.)Cost: $2/adult, kids (12 and under) free. However, keep an eye out. There are coupons everywhere in VT for free admission. We found ours at one of the visitor information centers alongside a highway, while we made a pit stop. If you don't find one though, don't fret. I think $2 is VERY reasonable.Tours are every fifteen minutes. They are led by cheery employees who aptly tell you the history of VT Teddy Bear and how they are exactly made. For your convenience, and perhaps the angst of parents :-), there is a fully stocked store at the plant. Be advised, "Vermont Teddy Bears" (with the black tags) are a bit pricey ($40+) puls clothes. They do have a line called "Friends for Life" (purple tag) that are a little cheaper ($20) and are warrantied the same way as the other bears.All bears are loved the same way.This is a cheap, creative, and educational stop for kids, parents, and the kids at heart. Certainly well worth the stop.
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