Known for its maple farms, rolling pastures, and views of Jay Peak and Mt. Mansfield, Fairfield is a picturesque town bordering St. Albans and Fairfax. These two larger towns offer family friendly activities for those visiting the area or who live there.
Hoss’s Dog House in St. Albans is the place to go for creemees. Hoss’s is open late-spring through early-fall. Their creemees are made from St. Albans’ Co-op Creamery milk. It is great to support a local business while enjoying a delicious cone.
Mimmo’s Pizza on Main Street in St. Albans provides children with pizza dough to play with while they wait for their meal. Try Mimmo’s Balsamic Chicken Salad, which features warm balsamic dressing over pasta and chicken on top of a Greek salad, also served with garlic bread. There is outdoor and indoor seating.
Best Outdoor Activity
Rarely crowded, Kill Kare State Park on St. Albans’ Point is the place in Franklin County for views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Kill Kare’s Rocky Point House has newly-renovated facilities and rocking chairs, which are a reprieve from the park’s stone-covered beach. There are picnic tables (with and without shelter), grill stations, and boat-launch access. Children will enjoy the swing set and large lawn to play on. If families are looking to camp, they can take the ferry from Kill Kare over to Burton Island State Park.
Best Indoor Activity
Bent Northrop Memorial Library, which was formerly housed in the Fairfield Center School, now occupies its own newly-constructed little yellow house. Inside is a large play space with toys and books at kids’ eye-levels, a computer room, and a reading loft. There is also the “Vermont Reading Room,” which looks out at Mt. Mansfield and holds books and magazines by Vermont authors. The library is a clean and homey space for my daughter, who enjoys sifting through their books and toys, while I get to relax in one of their rocking chairs. Summer play group begins Wednesday, July 8th from 10-11:30.
Best Money Saving Tip
Would you like to Nordic Ski, snowboard, and/or snowshoe for free? Want somewhere for your family to safely sled fast and far? Want a dog park, too? Then Hard’ack Recreation Area is your place!
Secret Spots & Little Known Gems
Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center, right off exit 19 in St. Albans, is a large sports facility used by St. Albans’ schools and community members. There is a paved path that runs around the building, track and playing fields. This is a great place to push the stroller and walk the dog. No fee to walk here, plus during the school year you can often watch a few games in the process. There are bathrooms and water fountains inside as well. During the winter, stop by for family skate (for a small fee).
About the Author
Larissa Hebert is an English teacher at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, VT and lives in Fairfield with her husband, Thomas, and their three-year-old daughter, Ella. In her free time, Larissa likes to explore the local area with her daughter, who is always up for a road trip! You can find Larissa here.
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