Some of Our Favorite Infoor Winter Activities

You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to live in Vermont. There are still plenty of activities for you to do during the winter months! We have compiled a list of ten fun INDOOR activities to do when you want to escape the cold.

Photo courtesy of Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum.

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum

If there are kids in your life, the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum in Downtown Rutland is a fantastic place to spend the morning or afternoon. Children of all ages are welcome, but the exhibits are developed with children 0-8 years old in mind.

The exhibits include a Farm, Farmer’s Market, Casella Recycling Truck, Train & Depot, Credit Union, Diner, Bandstand, Construction Zone, Magnetic Wall, Camp Ground, and Jr. Mint. Each one has been created to help develop skills for different age groups.



Photo from Chaffee Art Center’s website.

Chaffee Art Center

If you enjoy being creative, check out the schedule at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland City.

The art center offers “Sip N Dip” events, adult figure drawing classes, pour painting, and more for adults. There are also weekly classes offered for kids. The Chaffee hosts gallery openings and other events as well in this historical building built in the 1890s.


Photo from Pyramid’s Website.

Pyramid Holistic Wellness & Sound Center

The Pyramid Holistic Wellness & Sound Center in Downtown Rutland specializes in sound healing, crystal and wellness products, and multi-sensory Immersion Meditation Rooms.

On a cold, snowy day, relaxing in the Himalayan Salt Cave can bring you to a deep meditative state of awareness and healing. Or visit the Edfu Egyptian TempleAmethyst BiomatAngel RoomMandala RoomPyramid Room, or Labyrinth. Other services like sound healing are available as well. The shop is filled with beautiful crystals. We suggest purchasing the one that calls you.


Photo courtesy of The MINT Makerspace.

The MINT Makerspace

Did you love pottery class in school and wish you could get back behind the wheel? Maybe you want to learn how to weld. Then The MINT Makerspace in Rutland Town is your destination to be creative and learn new skills!

This community shares knowledge, experience, and ideas in addition to tools, equipment, and workshop space. The MINT offers classes for adults in their jewelry shop, letterpress shop, stained glass shop, metal shop, and more. There are also classes for kids. Most classes are beginner-friendly, which takes potential intimidation away.




Paramount Theatre

Take a step back to 1914, when the Paramount Theatre opened in Downtown Rutland.

The exterior of the theatre is Classical, and the interior is a Victorian Opera House. Upon entry, you’ll notice the ornamental plaster, gold leaf details, and large mural on the ceiling. The theatre hosts various live shows and screens movies on the stage so there is always a show for you.



Rutland Free Library

The Rutland Free Library in Rutland City hosts events all month long for young kids, older kids, and adults. Most local libraries in Vermont offer programs for all ages that incorporate reading, art, music, or movement.

And of course, it is a library. Library cards are free to residents of Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Ira, and Tinmouth. Check out a new book or a classic favorite to get you through a cold winter evening.



Photo from Vermont Farmers Market’s website.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market

Searching for local products? You’re in luck, our local farmers market moves indoors for the winter, making it the first farmers market to operate 52 weeks out of the year!

The Rutland Winter Farmers Market is in Rutland City and runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.




Photo from The Gymnasium’s website.

Work Out

One way to stay happy and upbeat during the winter is by joining a gym. We suggest The Gymnasium and Vermont Sports & Fitness Club.

At The Gymnasium, in Downtown Rutland, choose from over one dozen different classes to pick from or do your own thing in the gym with free weights, treadmills, and other machinery.

Vermont Sport and Fitness Club in Rutland City, is another fully equipped gym, that offers classes, and three indoor tennis courts!


Photo from Rutland Recreation Community Center’s website.

Rutland Recreation Community Center

Are you part of the fastest-growing sport in America?

One of the best places to play pickleball is at the Rutland Recreation Community Center in Rutland City. The pickleball courts are open to all members of the center. It would be appreciated if you check the schedule ahead of time and reserve your court.




Photo from Phoenix Books Rutland’s website.

Phoenix Books Rutland

If curling up by a fire with a good book sounds like a lovely way to spend a winter afternoon, you’re not alone.

We suggest heading to Phoenix Books in Downtown Rutland. The bookstore has a wide variety of books to choose from for all ages, the kind staff will special order for you, and hosts events with authors.


Vermont is not just for outdoor winter enthusiasts. There are many activities for people who would rather stay warm and cozy inside. There is nothing wrong with admiring the snow from a window. If you are interested in learning more about this beautiful place so many have made their home, connect with us here! We are always happy to discuss opportunities in our region.