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Southern Vermont College is nestled in the southwest corner of Vermont, on the eastern slope of Mount Anthony of the Green Mountain chain. The College is just minutes from Massachusetts and New York borders. Albany, New York, is less than an hour’s drive, and Boston, New York City and Montreal are just three hours from campus. The historic town of Bennington offers shopping, restaurants, and entertainment within walking distance.

Some of the local attractions are not within walking distance, but don’t let transportation deter you. The local bus system, Green Mountain Express, serves Arlington, Bennington and Manchester. In addition, there are many scheduled activities that provide transportation.

Community Recreational Facilities

  • Bennington Recreation Center: weights and swimming pool
  • Anytime Fitness, Bennington
  • Revolution Racquet & Fitness, Bennington
  • Willow Park: summer & winter activities, Bennington

Video Rentals

  • Red Box – at Price Chopper, CVS Pharmacy, and Walmart


  • Green Mountain Express: bus system serving Arlington, Bennington, & Manchester
  • Flag-A-Cab Company, North Bennington
  • Red Top Cab Company, Bennington



Local Services

Movie Theaters

  • Cinema 7, Bennington
  • Images Cinema, Williamstown, MA
  • Manchester Cinema, Manchester
  • Hathaway’s Drive-in Theatre, Hoosick Falls, NY

Ice Skating

  • Riley Rink, Manchester
  • Chapman Rink at Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Bowling, Games & Billiard

  • Bennington Lanes, Bennington


  • Sunset Playland: go-carts, batting cages, & mini-golf, Bennington
  • Baker’s Driving Range & Mini-Golf, Lanesborough, MA
  • Par-4 Family Fun Center: mini-golf, go-carts, batting cages, & bumper boats Lanesborough, MA


  • Equinox Country Club: 18 holes, Manchester
  • Mount Anthony Country Club: 18 holes, Bennington
  • The Practice Tee, Manchester
  • Golfer’s Edge: 18 holes on indoor golf, simulator, golf equipment, clothing, and accessories, Manchester

Points of Interest


  • Bennington Bookshop, Bennington
  • Now & Then Books, Bennington
  • New Englandiana Used Books, Bennington
  • Northshire Bookstore, Manchester
  • Berkshire Book Shop, Pittsfield, MA
  • Crystal Unicorn Used & New Books, North Adams, MA
  • The Next Chapter Used Books, Manchester


  • Crossgates Mall, Albany, NY
  • Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, MA
  • Latham Circle Mall, Latham, NY
  • Lee Outlet, Lee, MA
  • Manchester Outlet Centers, Manchester

Outdoor Adventures, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, and Hiking

  • Battenkill Sports, Arlington
  • Broad Brook Trail, Williamstown, MA
  • Woodford State Park, Woodford
  • Green Mountain National Forest
  • Lye Brook Trail, Manchester
  • Mount Equinox

Live Music

  • Night Shift Cafe, MassMoCa, North Adams, MA
  • Water Street Grill, Williamstown, MA
  • Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  • + several local venues

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