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Downtown Rutland

Colorful, Historic, Festive

Rutland is home to a picturesque historic downtown rich with community events, arts, and character and is conveniently located in central Vermont close to several mountains and lakes.  Historic Downtown Rutland is the heart of Rutland County, with dozens of shops and restaurants, as well as a world-class performing arts venue. It's easy to have the perfect day in Rutland: Make your way to the acclaimed Vermont Farmers Market in Depot Park, grab a bite and maybe a local brew in one of many independently owned localvore restaurants before taking in a show at the brilliantly restored 1912 Paramount Theatre. Special events are a regular happening in downtown, including the Friday Night Live concert series, the annual sidewalk sales and Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting. For outdoor adventure, downtown Rutland is strategically located in the center of it all, with lakes, ski mountains, hiking, biking and more minutes away. Ski at Killington, mountain bike in Pine Hill Park, or hike the world-famous Long Trail – Rutland has it all.

Rutland is home to rich history. Explore the area’s best attractions: 

Paramount Theatre 
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum 
Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont 
Chaffee Art Center
Downtown Rutland, Vermont

GET TO KNOW US

Find out what sets us apart. Learn more about attractions, get the inside scoop on must-do stops and plan your visit by getting to know the area's regional tourism association.

Paramount Theater in Rutland

WHAT TO DO

Vermont’s downtowns are home to unique places to stay, restaurants serving locally grown artisan food and drinks, and places to stop and shop. Plan your vacation with our directory.

Shopping in downtown Rutland

Shopping Downtown

Vermont's downtowns offer access to unique local businesses with one-of-a-kind gifts, treats and treasures. Learn more about shopping in Rutland.

Amtrak Station

Amtrak Information

Much of Vermont is accessible by rail. Learn about what’s near the train station here, and plan your route.

Get to Know Rutland

Rutland is where small businesses and scaled-down urban living go hand in hand. Family-owned businesses can help you find that perfect something; the city’s historic theatre always has something exciting in store.