Sandwiched between winter and spring, mud season is Vermont’s fifth season – the season we don’t like to talk about.

A collage of Vermont photos
Gotta love mud season in Vermont!

During mud season in Vermont, we deal with too much snow, our fair share of rain, and dirt roads and trails that are virtually impassable. Cars, boots, and clothing become caked with the stuff, making spring cleaning a fruitless endeavor.

While mud season may seem like the worst time to visit Vermont, there are some very compelling reasons to come to Vermont in March and April. 

For one thing, mud season and maple season go hand-in-hand. For another, you’ll score some great deals on lodging, as March and April are considered the off-season in Vermont.

Here are a few more fun things to do during mud season in Vermont.

Visit Maple Open House Weekend

March 25 – 26 and April 1 -2, 2023

Maple sap buckets hanging on trees during Vermont mud season.
Sap buckets are a beautiful sign of mud season in Vermont!

Maple Open House Weekend celebrates the new crop of maple sap and the unique process of turning it into maple syrup.

Over the course of two weekends, participating maple sugar producers open their Vermont sugar shacks to the public, offering tours, demonstrations, culinary creations, and the opportunity to purchase the real deal. 

Maple Weekend in Vermont usually coincides with the official start of spring during the third weekend in March.

It doesn’t matter which part of Vermont you visit during Maple Weekend, there are 90+ participating maple farms all over the state.

Maple Weekend partners include restaurants, breweries, and hotels, which offer special deals and events throughout the weekend. It’s one of the sweetest reasons to visit Vermont during mud season!

Hit the Slopes for Spring Skiing in Vermont

A man skiing in Vermont during the spring.
Spring skiing is a favorite pastime in VT.

Some hard-core snow lovers say that spring skiing is the best skiing there is.

It’s a short window of opportunity when you can score amazing deals on lift tickets and hit the slopes wearing a t-shirt with your snow pants.

The longer days of March combine with high-elevation snowfall to make this an ideal time of year to get in a few more runs before your thoughts turn to summer activities. 

Special spring skiing events include pond skimming, festivals, live music, and special deals to celebrate the end of the ski season in Vermont.

Find out what’s going on at ski resorts across Vermont by visiting Ski Vermont. 

Treat Yourself to a Spa Weekend

A moman relaxes during a massage at a Vermont spa weekend.
Treat yourself to a Vermont spa weekend!

I already mentioned that March is the perfect time to find some amazing deals on lodging in Vermont. It’s also an awesome time to plan a girls’ getaway or spa weekend with someone you love.

Here are some fantastic spas to visit during mud season in Vermont:

Visit a Vermont Waterfall

Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Vermont
Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Vermont

All that snowmelt has to go somewhere, which is why the waterfalls in Vermont are at their very best in March and April.

Unlike many of the waterfalls in the rest of New England, most of the waterfalls in Vermont don’t require a lot of hiking on muddy spring trails, and some are even considered roadside attractions.

Our favorite spring waterfalls in Vermont include Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Texas Falls in Ripton, Thundering Brook Falls in Killington, and Bingham Falls in Stowe.

Get Out on the Water for Spring Paddling

The Cornish-Windsor Bridge on the Connecticut River.
The Cornish-Windsor Bridge on the Connecticut River

Ice out is the term we use in Vermont when the ice melts from the ponds and lakes, making the waters available for spring paddling and fishing.

Ice-out dates change from year to year and depend on where the lake or pond is located and the elevation. In Southern Vermont, ice out occurs relatively early, in mid-March or so.

In the northern mountains, Ice out can happen in May. There’s even a contest to predict when Ice Out happens on Joe’s Pond each year. The winner takes home about $5,000. 

After ice out, Vermonters and visitors are quick to trade their snowshoes for paddles and take to the water. After all, spring and summer are short in Vermont.

Looking for some fun spots to paddle a canoe or kayak this spring? Try these lakes, ponds, and rivers.

Visit a Vermont Museum

The Ticonderoga at the Shelburne Museum
Shelburne Musem, VT

I love hitting up Vermont’s museums during March road trips when the weather is too unpredictable to plan outdoor adventures. The following museums are family-friendly and feature Vermont art, nature, wildlife, and science.

Some of these are closed in the winter and into spring, but many are open year-round.

Look for the Comeback of Migrating Birds

Snow geese in Addison, VT
Snow Geese in Addison, VT

Any location with such a long winter will celebrate the comeback of summer birds.

Warblers make an appearance just before leaf-out and are easy to spot among the bare branches. Snow geese appear by the thousands in March and April, along with other waterfowl that can be spotted in the quiet coves of Lake Champlain. 

To learn more about spring birdwatching in Vermont, visit the websites of these Audubon Societies: Rutland County Audubon Society, Green Mountain Audubon Society in Burlington, Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society in Brattleboro, and the Audubon Vermont in Huntington. 

Tour Vermont’s Craft Breweries

A flight of Vermont beers ready for tasting.
A flight of Vermont beers

Vermont’s craft brewing industry is big business, with a higher number of breweries per capita than any other state. The state is arguably home to some of the finest beers in the world, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Head to Vermont during mud season and take the Vermont Brewery Challenge. 

All you have to do to participate is download the Vermont Brewer’s Association app, visit Vermont breweries, and have your passport digitally stamped while you are there.

Additional benefits include great-tasting beers, live music, and yummy food. Now that’s a mud season activity we can get behind!

Read Next: 6 Outstanding Breweries in Burlington, Vermont

Visit Baby Animals at a Local Farm

Two baby goats in Vermont.
Spring means baby animals!

Vermont farms start to come alive in the spring with planting season and with baby animals.

Visiting fluffy farm critters isn’t just for kids — it’s for everyone. There are farms all over the state that welcome visitors, but the following are well known for having the most adorable baby animals, from chicks to cows, and everything in between. 

Tips for Surviving Mud Season in Vermont

Now that you know what to do in Vermont during mud season, you’re going to need a few tips for making the most of your trip without getting too, well, muddy. 

Mud season in Vermont is short, lasting just a few weeks as the ground thaws and the moisture trickles down to provide nourishment for the fields and forests that will soon burst forth in every shade of green. This is a great time to head to Vermont for mud and maple, plus indoor and outdoor adventures.

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A collage of Vermont photos. Text overlay: Celebrate Mud Season in Vermont

Tara Schatz is a freelance writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Vermont Explored and Back Road Ramblers, an American road trip blog. She is also the co-author of the 3rd edition of AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont (pre-order your copy for the 2023 release date in May).

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