Located in Shelburne, Vt., the Vermont Teddy Bear Company has been creating some of the best teddy bears in the world for over 20 years. A visit to their factory is an interesting and fun pastime for visitors both young and old. Tours are conducted daily year round with longer hours and more frequent tours during the summer season. Tours last approximately half hour and should be booked as soon as you arrive on the property since they are extremely popular and space is limited.
If you are lucky, the workers will actually be working while you are walking through. You will get to see how Vermont Teddy bears are actually cut, sewn and stuffed. As you walk along, your guide will impart lots of information, there are also signs hanging in all the areas to give you a variety of facts and figures.
As popular as this part of the tour is, the most popular destination is the Vermont Teddy Bear Hospital. If you own a bear that becomes hurt, you can mail it in to the hospital and the necessary operation will be performed to bring the bear back to as perfect condition as possible. All Vermont Teddy Bears are guaranteed for life and there is no charge for repairs.
As you would expect, there is a large store will an excellent selection of bears to choose from and you can even make your own bear. Ideally, the off-season is a better time to visit because the crowds will be smaller but Vermont is a wonderful place to spend a summer vacation.