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June 07, 2016

Vermont Days Offer Free Fishing and Free Access to State Parks and Historic Sites

Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore Vermont's excellent fishing, state parks, and historic culture for free!

On June 11-12, Vermont State Park day areas and state-owned historic sites will be open at no charge. Saturday is free fishing day - the one day of the summer when anyone can fish in Vermont without a license. It's also a day for history: the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier will offer free admission on Saturday.

Sponsored by the State of Vermont, Vermont Days also coincides with special events around the state.

June 11: Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival

Designed for young anglers and families, this free event at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in the hatchery pond. 9 am-3 pm.

June 11: Fight For Air Climb at the Bennington Battle Monument

The 6th annual vertical race will raise funds for lung disease research. Same day registration begins on-site at 8:30 AM; the first climber starts at 10:00 AM. Pre-register at

June 11: Vermont History Museum (109 State Street, Montpelier)

Experience an award-winning exhibit with a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a railroad station with a working telegraph, and more. Free Saturday only: 10 am-4 pm.

June 11: Exploring the Legacy of Asher Benjamin in Windsor, VT (Old Constitution House, Windsor)

Judy Hayward, executive director of Historic Windsor and The Preservation Education Institute, introduces the new seasonal exhibit that examines the architectural genius of Asher Benjamin. 2 pm.

June 11: Getting to Know the Heroes of the Revolution (Mount Independence, Orwell)

Learn about Revolutionary War characters Seth Warner, Henry Knox, Richard Montgomery, Nathanael Greene and others from historian and journalist Jack Kelly. 2-3:30 pm.

June 12: Green Mountain Brass Band (Waterbury Center State Park)

Enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. 2 pm.

June 12: Justin Smith Morrill Historic Site Open House

Come tour the house, stroll the trails and listen to live music on the veranda. Free ice cream donated by Strafford Organic Creamery. Activities for kids include a raptor program from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. 12-4 pm.

For more information, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Tortora, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, 802-522-7323,

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: June 07, 2016 16:06:50