Jamaica State Park

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With trails and campsites directly adjacent to the rushing West River, and hiking access to 125ft Hamilton Falls, this is one of only two riverside state parks in Vermont. It's especially popular with kayakers and rafters for its annual white-water weekends in May and September. It's 27 miles north of Brattleboro off VT 30.

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3. Southern Vermont Arts Center

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7. Brattleboro Farmers Market

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8. Fort at No 4

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