Bennington Tennis Center

Bennington Tennis Center

Indoor Tennis in Southern Vermont. Professional Lessons, court rentals and pro shop services.

200 Lovers Lane
Bennington Vermont 05201 USA

802-447-7557

https://www.benningtontenniscenter.com/

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Lake Paran Catch and Release Ice Fishing Derby

Lake Paran Catch and Release Ice Fishing Derby

Annual Ice Fishing Derby held at Lake Paran with cash prizes for largest pike and perch.

Penguin Plunge

Penguin Plunge

Lake Paran Plunge: The main attraction at North Bennington’s Winterfest is always the Lake Paran Plunge, otherwise known as the Penguin Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics athletes.

https://lakeparanvt.org/events/

3rd of July

3rd of July

Lake Paran’s Annual 3rd of July Firework Display

https://lakeparanvt.org/events/

Green Up Day

Green Up Day
(Spring)

Green Up Day, always the first Saturday in May, was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis. In 1979, the non-profit organization Green UpVermont was formed to carry on the tradition of Green Up Day. It is an annual statewide event, when over 22,000 volunteers come together to remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides and public spaces.

https://greenupvermont.org/

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Lake Shaftsbury

Lake Shaftsbury
(swimming, canoe rental, playground, picnic, camp grounds)

Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on an 84-acre parcel surrounding the small but picturesque Lake Shaftsbury. The area operated as a private campground/cabin resort before it became a state park in 1974. It has become a popular park facility in southwestern Vermont.

262 Shaftsbury State Park Rd
Shaftsbury, VT 05262

802-375-9978

https://vtstateparks.com/shaftsbury.html

Woodford Lake

Woodford Lake
(Spring, summer, fall, swimming)

At 2400 feet, this 398-acre park has the highest elevation campground of any park in Vermont. Woodford is located on a mountain plateau surrounding Adams Reservoir. The high elevation spruce/fir/birch forest provides an ideal setting for the park. Woodford borders the George Aiken Wilderness Area, which is in the Green Mountain National Forest. There are several lakes and ponds in the surrounding area.

142 State Park Road
Bennington, VT 05201

802-447-7169

https://vtstateparks.com/woodford.html

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Lake Paran

Lake Paran
(swimming, fishing, canoe rentals)

Lake Paran is a small lake with great views of the surrounding mountains, and the only swimming spot on our list that has lifeguards on duty in the summer. The lake and surrounding recreational lands are part of a local nonprofit, Paran Recreations, which is dedicated to helping people enjoy the beauty of nature and having healthy fun outdoors! We are also stewards of the Paran watershed working to keep our environment safe and clean for now and the future.

There is a small, sandy beach to relax on, a floating dock, charcoal grills, a bathhouse and pavilion, and a concession stand with the best grilled cheese sandwiches around. Canoes can be rented for $10 per hour.

269 Houghton Street
North Bennington, VT 05257

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https://lakeparanvt.org/

(802) 442-8457

lakeparan@gmail.com

Bennington Trail Cruisers

Bennington Trail Cruisers
(Summer/Fall, ATVs)

The Bennington Trail Cruisers want YOU!! We are a group of responsible and highly experienced ATV riders that promote safe and legal ATV riding. As a member of the B.T.C. we assure trails are safe, clean, and environmentally friendly.

(518) 892-4719

https://www.benningtontrailcruisers.com/

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Hunting

Hunting
(Year-round)

Hunting in Vermont is a tradition that extends back before the country’s founding. In fact, Vermont was the first state with constitutional language that protects its citizens’ right to hunt. With the state’s combination of rolling farmland and thick woods, hunting remains popular and a way to put truly fresh local food on the table.

https://vtfishandwildlife.com/hunt

Hunting Preserves near Bennington: https://stepoutside.org/bennington-vt/hunting/