Dining along the downtown waterfront
Surrounded by lush vegetation on a scenic canoe outing
Docking in the harbor at Mallets Bay in Colchester
City Hall at the intersection of Church and Main streets
Sun reflecting in the calm waters of Burlington Harbor
Tranquil scene on the waterfront
Looking out over Lake Champlain and mountains in the distance
Sunset over the boathouse on Lake Champlain
Lakefront Vermont city is flush with fun experiences
The Lure of the Lake and a Lively Downtown
Lake Champlain is the centerpiece of activity. Look for the lighthouses on a narrated boat tour, cycle the Burlington Bike Path along the shore, go fishing or enjoy the views from a marina. Learn about lake history at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a hands-on center which is great for families. For fun on the water, head to the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
Battery Park, which overlooks the lake, is perfect for scenic strolls and seasonal festivals. You won’t need a car to explore the four pedestrian-only blocks of shopping, dining, pubs and street performers at Church Street Marketplace. Much of the marketplace is a National Register Historic District, with some buildings dating to the 1820s.
Marking its Place in History
Experience 18th century life at the Ethan Allen Homestead, the final home of the American Revolutionary War hero. There’s a park next door with walking trails and an observation tower, a perfect photo opportunity. Just south of the city is the Shelburne Museum, a must-visit for its extensive collection of Americana and folk art housed among 39 historic buildings. It’s especially fun for families, with a circus exhibit and carousel, passenger train, old steamboat, covered bridge and round barn.
Adding to the Allure of Burlington
Main Street rises from the waterfront to the University of Vermont, replete with handsome 19th century buildings. Catch a show at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts, housed in a 1930s Art Deco theater, or head to Pine Street in Burlington’s south end for art galleries and artisan shops. There you'll also find events like Art Hop, Backside 405 and Friday Night Truck Stop, which features live music and food trucks.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded in 1978 in a renovated gas station in Burlington.