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Burlington

Known for Shopping, Universities and Lakes

Vermont’s largest city offers beautiful lakeside views, a thriving cultural scene, wineries, craft breweries and delicious dining experiences in which local produce shines.

How do you get to Burlington?

Visit the New England city of Burlington to enjoy a lively college town with beautiful bike paths, redbrick buildings and views of the Adirondack Mountains.

As Vermont’s largest town, Burlington features a busy city center. With over 100 shops and restaurants, this is a great place to get a feel for the area. Walk along the redbrick Church Street Marketplace and sample some Burlington specialties. Try craft beer from local microbreweries, which are very common throughout the city. Taste a scoop of locally founded Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream at the Church Street store. Drink a cup of gourmet coffee from one of the many cafés.

Rent a bike from one of the local businesses to take a ride on the 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) Burlington Bike Path. The path follows Lake Champlain for several miles, passing through six of Burlington’s waterfront parks. Head out to Colchester Point for one of the best views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains behind it. Stop at Oakledge Park to see the lakeside earth clock, which is a circle of 14 stones arranged around a sundial.

Visit the University of Vermont to the east of town. Featuring open greens with crisscrossing pathways, mammoth brick buildings and a bright,white church steeple, the campus is one of New England’s finest.

Make sure to catch a sunset over Lake Champlain. The sight of the sun going down behind the Adirondack Mountains attracts people to the shoreline each evening.

The best way to arrive in town is by bus or car, which takes about 3.5 hours from Boston and under 2 hours from Montreal. You can also fly into the Burlington International Airport. Although beautiful year-round, a popular time to visit Burlington is during the fall, when the local trees have turned vibrantly colorful.

Things to do in Burlington

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Lake Champlain, a popular green space in North Hero. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Attend a concert at the festival site and take a boat tour from this lakeside park. Shady trees and colorful patches of flowers decorate the shoreline.

Enjoy the lively ambiance as you shop and admire the elegant façades of some of the oldest buildings in the city.

Across the United States you can drive a car over most state borders. For a unique border crossing, travel between New York and Vermont by ferry.

Tickets & Tours

Spend a relaxing day sipping your way through Burlington’s finest and most celebrated breweries. This tour is led by a beer-loving local who guides you to 4 different tap rooms to chat with master brewers and taste their creations.

Tickets & Tours

Get a taste of Burlington’s beer culture on this exciting pub crawl. Explore local favorites and get the true experience of this town's excellent cuisine and hip nightlife. Your expert guide takes you to different breweries, giving you the opportunity to learn from the masters themselves.

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