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Vermont Teddy Bear Company


Vermont Teddy Bear Company

6555 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, 05482, VT

It’s spawned many imitators over the past 30 years, but it’s hard to beat the original make-your-own teddy bear factory, founded in Vermont in 1981. Since then, the company has churned out a bewildering variety of bears in all sorts of different colors and themes, all with the trademark black button eyes and triangle nose. Popular tours show how they are made, from the cutting, sewing, and stuffing of the patterns, to the Bear Hospital, where much-loved bears are repaired. Kids can create their own custom-made buddy by picking from a number of fabrics and designs. Tours can get crowded, especially during the summer weekends, and if you have any children in your party, don’t expect to leave without a bear, which starts at $20 and goes up to $100 or more for the largest varieties.

Thirty-minute tours are $4 for adults, and children 12 and under are free to get in. Hours vary seasonally.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Super friendly staff and interesting history

by 575kristap

We loved our tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Our guide was interactive and friendly and he also knew a lot about the company so he was able to answer questions with no problem…
Cute tour

by Rebecca O

Not much to see but so delightful to see and hear about making teddy bears. We really enjoyed the short tour. It was nice seeing old teddy bear and the options available so you know…