Found on the exact opposite shore of NYC, is Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. And let me tell you, you’ll have the best time on your vacation if this is your chosen destination. There are so many different things to do.
You’ll be sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
The only issue that you’re likely to encounter is whittling down your itinerary to make your activities manageable.
Luckily, that’s where I come in. I’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Below you’ll find a list of the top ten unmissable attractions that you’ll need to visit while in Burlington.
Top 10 Things To Do In Burlington
1. Go Shopping At The Church Street Marketplace
2 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401
This is a little different from your typical Farmer’s market, but still just as much fun to stroll around. It’s probably closer to a mall outlet than a market and there’s quite a lot on offer here.
The mall took around 19 years to finally be constructed because the funding came entirely from the Federal Government, but since its construction locals and tourists have never looked back.
There are so many amazing stores to purchase unique and interesting gifts and souvenirs and tons of great restaurants to sit in for a bite to eat. To be honest, it’s foodie heaven at Church Street Marketplace.
If you love good grub, here’s the place to be.
Later on, in the evenings, they also have music and street dancers for some amazing entertainment.
2. Visit The ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401
For inquisitive minds, there is no better place to be than this aquarium and science center. If little children are accompanying you on your trip, this place is an absolute must. They’ll have a blast.
Both fun and educational, you’ll get to learn all about the different kinds of species homed within the aquarium. And there are tons of different animals to see.
Not only that but you can enjoy some hands-on and interactive activities in the science center.
And to top it all off, you’ll also be treated to some of the best panoramic views of the Lake that you certainly won’t want to miss.
3. Relax At Lake Champlain Islands
Lake Champlain Islands, VT
For those that enjoy relaxing with a stunning and scenic view, you won’t find a better spot than Lake Champlain Islands. The island itself is connected via a bridge and causeways so it’s easily accessible.
Not only will you have the gorgeous lake in front of you, but you will also be able to see St. Anne’s Shrine which is found on Isle La Motte. And if that wasn’t enough you’ll also be able to get pictures beside the statue of Samuel de Champlain.
There isn’t all that much to actually do here. It’s more of a place to let your hair down, relax, and enjoy the views. And sometimes that’s all you need.
4. Visit The Ethan Allen Homestead
Ethan Allen Park, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT 05408
For those who may not know, Ethan Allen is a Revolutionary War hero that is renowned and loved by all that inhabit Vermont.
And if you don’t know much about him, what better place to learn than a place specifically designed to teach tourists all about his life?
History buffs will adore walking around the 1400 acres of land where he used to live. You’ll learn so much about the house archeology too so it’s great for any inspiring archeologists amongst us, too.
Take in and appreciate the natural beauty that is evident here, take a hike or picnic and soak in the views around you.
5. Munch On Samples At The Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
1281 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury, VT 05676
Two people who I am sure need no introduction are our favorite pals Ben and Jerry. We have all delved deep into their delicious ice cream tubs for long enough, right?
Well, for the sweet-tooth lovers amongst us, I am sure that visiting this popular Burlington attraction sounds like an absolute dream come true. Spoiler alert – it is.
Be sure to take a tour of the factory and learn all about how the magical and notorious ice cream came to be. Oh, and of course, there are the tasters along the way that are worth the trip by themselves.
6. Take A Stroll Through Smugglers Notch State Park
6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
If you want to truly appreciate Mother Nature in all her glory, then you simply cannot pass on visiting the stunning Smugglers Notch State Park. Explore the Bingham Falls and enjoy a walk or hike with your favorite people. What could be better?
It also has quite an interesting history too. Did you know that before this park came to be, Burlington only ever offered the narrowest of footpaths in this area? Well, not anymore.
7. Do A Spot Of Shopping At Burlington Farmer’s Market
St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401
Is a trip away ever truly complete until you’ve strolled around a local farmer’s market? I don’t think so. And Burlington’s is one of the very best. It’s absolutely huge.
You won’t have to worry about not finding anything to spend your money on, it’ll be more of a case of trying to close your wallet!
And the variety on offer is astounding, from clothes to dairy products, pottery to crafts, it’s all there. Be sure to try some of the local desserts on offer at some of these stalls – they’re delicious.
8. Check Out The Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482
If you enjoy museum visits, then you definitely need to give this unique open air museum a try. It will be sure to blow you away. You’ll have the opportunity to view and learn about some of the best architecture of Vermont’s past.
Along with that you’ll also get to wander around and see what some of the real villages in Burlington used to be like. There are also collections of antique art within the museum too.
It’s the perfect day out for the history buffs and culture vultures in our midst.
9. Take A Cruise Across Lake Champlain
1 College St, Burlington, Vermont
For couples traveling to Vermont, I couldn’t think of a more romantic activity for the evening than watching the sun set behind the horizon on a cruise boat. But it’s obviously not just for couples, it’s an activity anyone would enjoy.
These amazing sightseeing cruises are available pretty much year-round, so you should be fine regardless of the season when you’re visiting.
Day and evening cruises are available with the option to dine aboard for lunch or dinner. And oh my, is the food delicious.
10. Hike At The Green Mountain Audubon Center
255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462
For those that enjoy getting down and dirty with nature, you won’t find better nature trails than the ones at Green Mountain Audubon Center.
Be sure to take your camera s you may get the chance to take a snap of the bountiful wildlife that inhabits the area.
There’s so much to explore, and it really is something else, it is so stunning.
It’s definitely worth checking out their website closer to your time of travel as well since they often host special events at the center which you won’t want to miss. Just be sure to visit on a weekday, as sadly the center is closed during the weekend.
And there you have it – the very best things to do while staying in Burlington. Honestly, picking just 10 activities was pretty difficult, so don’t worry, if you make your way through all of these options, there will still be plenty more to do.
But whether you are looking for scenic sights and fantastic trails, to soak up the rich culture and history of the city, or to shop till you drop, wonderful Vermont will have you covered.
And of course, how could we forget that you can go to the very best ice cream factory in the world? Foodies will also adore Burlington with its vast food markets and delicious restaurants on offer.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning your trip!
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