Visitors to Vermont who come for the great outdoors should be sure to stop at Burlington. Not only is Burlington one of the central cities of Vermont, but it is one of the most beautiful and has the most to offer.
Burlington, the largest population center in Vermont, is only 76 miles south of Montreal, Canada. The city was founded in 1763 and is one of the most popular destinations in New England. Outside magazine even named the city a "Dream Town." People come to Burlington, and Vermont, to enjoy the outdoors and the small town life.
Burlington was settled on the shore of Lake Champlain, which forms a beautiful backdrop to the town and its many activities. Skiing, hiking and enjoying the outdoors are an essential part of life in Vermont and Burlington. The mountains and hills, the national parks, the lakes, and the beautiful scenery draw many visitors. Burlington has plenty of outdoor activities for every season.
Indoors, Burlington has just as much to offer. The Church Street Marketplace is a pedestrian mall filled with small boutiques, cafes, and craft vendors. Burlington has a wonderfully independent culture all its own. Even fellow residents of Vermont come to Burlington to enjoy the festive hospitality of the city.
Burlington has a unique culture, a generous and happy spirit, and the scenery to match.
Vermont is famous for: Maple syrup, Maple sugar, Maple Candy, Hard to find items, Flannel clothing, Old fashion candy and more.
The Spirit of Ethan Allen
Burlington Boat House, College St. at Battery St.
This replica of an old paddle-boat takes people on narrated cruises upon Lake Champlain. Guests can eat dinner as they drift by the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains.
Lake Champlain Basin Science Center
One College St.
This center has presentations about the ecology, history, and culture of the lake region. The hands-on exhibits are a favorite with children and adults.
Ethan Allen Homestead
North Ave., off Rte. 127, north of Burlington
This museum is dedicated to the life of Vermont's famous founding father. The house is filled with colonial furniture and exhibits, and the nearby trails are beautiful.
Rte. 7, 5 mi south of Burlington
This museum is located on 45 acres and includes 37 buildings. Its collections number more than 80,000 objects, including 18th- and 19th-century period homes and furniture, fine and folk art, farm tools, more than 200 carriages and sleighs, Audubon prints, an old-fashioned jail, and even a private railroad car from the days of steam! Kids of all ages will love the antique toy exhibit.
West of Rte. 7 at the junction of Harbor and Bay Rds., 6 mi south of Burlington
This 1,400-acre property is an educational and cultural resource center. Visitors can see a working dairy farm, get to milk a cow and get up close to many other farm animals at the Children's Farmyard, watch the making of world-famous Vermont cheddar cheese, listen to nature lectures, or simply stroll the immaculate grounds stretching along the Lake Champlain waterfront.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
2236 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne
This teddy bear headquarters loves to talk about toys and bears of all shapes and sizes. A children's play tent is set up outdoors in summer, and visitors are welcome to tour the beautiful 57-acre property.
Vermont Wildflower Farm
Rte. 7, 5 mi south of the Shelburne Museum
This 6-acre farm features eye-popping displays of various floral arrangements throughout the year: violets in the spring, daisies and black-eyed Susans for summer, and a full palette of fall colors.
Green Mountain Audobon Nature Center
18 mi southeast of Burlington, Huntington-Richmond Rd., Richmond
The center's 300 acres of diverse habitats are a wildlife sanctuary filled with trails. Educational activities appeal to both kids and adults.
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Swanton, 36 mi north of Burlington, 36 mi north of Burlington
This refuge includes 6,300 acres of federally protected wetlands, meadows, and woods. Bird-watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts can walk, canoe, jog, picnic, and have a great time in this beautiful preserve.
Lots of outdoor space and close to Shellburne Farms and Museum, VT Teddy Bear Factory, Ben & Jerry's. View of Lake Champlain. Nearby UVM, Champlain College, Dinner Cruises, Golf, Tennis, Ice Skating, Downtown Burlington, Church Street Market Place and the Airport.