Discover What’s Best in Burlington
Called the Queen City, Burlington is quick to show visitors what gives it such “royal” distinction. Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience northwest Vermont’s urban hub.
Get out and stretch your legs.
The Burlington Waterfront, also known as Waterfront Park, is set in the downtown area, welcoming visitors with the Burlington Community Boathouse, an eight-mile bike path, a pavilion, and more.
Make sure to check out the 900-foot boardwalk leading to Burlington Harbor, and try the fare at area staples like Splash Café. Annual events along the Waterfront include the Vermont Food & Wine Festival, Vermont Brewer's Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, and more.
Get out on the water.
The water in question is Lake Champlain, the sparkling, fresh waters of which lend themselves to all sorts of boating and fishing adventures, while ferry rides to islands like North Hero Island and Isle La Motte can lead to even more fun.
Browse unique local retailers.
Go fishing in Lake Champlain.
The Church Street Marketplace draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually with numerous boutiques, eateries, galleries, and more. The area also hosts a wide variety of special events throughout the year, with everything from fashion shows to farmers’ markets and more.
Learn a thing or two.
Burlington is home to the University of Vermont, where the students aren’t the only ones invited to share in edifying experiences. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the school hosts a variety of arts and cultural events and live performances. Check the schedule during your stay to see what’s happening.
The beautiful campus is also home to the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, the Gutterson Fieldhouse, and the Billings Memorial Library.
Let the kids learn a thing or two.
Reward the inquiring minds of youngsters by letting them loose at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. There, families can see more than 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, as well as a variety of permanent and traveling exhibitions and presentations in the multimedia Awesome Forces Theatre.
Catch a game.
Vermont may not lay claim to an MLB team of its own, but that doesn’t mean visitors can’t spend a day at the ballpark enjoying America’s Favorite Pastime. Join baseball fans at Centennial Field as the Vermont Lake Monsters – A class affiliate of the Oakland Athletics – round the bases.
Check the schedule during your visit spring or summer visit to be a part of the action.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Catch a show.
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, housed in a 1930s art deco theatre, hosts an array of live performances, with everything from concerts and plays to dance shows, readings, and more.
Other popular music venues include the always-hip Radio Bean and Higher Ground, which is known to host some of the hottest up-and-coming musical acts throughout the year.
Satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory, producer of the famed Lake Champlain Chocolates, offers free tours to the public, giving chocolate lovers a through-the-window look at how it's done – and plenty of free samples along the way.
Visit during your favorite holiday for chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate Valentine’s Day hearts, and even chocolate turkeys.