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Lake Champlain Ferry

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.

Lake Champlain is not a huge lake, but taking the Lake Champlain Ferry between the shorelines of two states provides an enjoyable method of travel while reducing drive time and gas consumption. Drive your car onto the ferry that runs between Burlington, Vermont and Port Kent, New York. Enjoy the attractive shoreline views of both states, with the Green and Adirondack mountains as scenic backdrops.

Cross the lake close to its central point. The voyage takes 1 hour to travel the 10-mile (16-kilometer) distance, with multiple daily runs during daylight hours. In the off-season period, ferry service on this route is terminated. Operations resume from mid-June to late September. Arrive early at the dock because vehicles are loaded on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not taken.

Explore the Vermont ferry terminus city by taking the 90-minute Historical Trolley Tour of Burlington. Tour the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, named after the 18th-century American military leader and philosopher and one of Vermont’s founders. Bring a picnic lunch and relax or walk along the lake in Waterfront Park. Enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants in this area. Walk farther into town to find a unique artistic creation of the world’s tallest filing cabinet. Stop for shopping and dining in the Church Street Marketplace, a wide outdoor pedestrianized mall in downtown Burlington.

On the New York State side of the lake, visit Ausable Chasm, termed the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from Port Kent. Raft or tube down the rapids of this geological wonder, go rock climbing or rappelling, pan for gemstones and fossils or walk over the chasm on a cable bridge at this year-round attraction.  

Enjoy this picturesque region of both states by visiting them using the Lake Champlain Ferry between Burlington and Port Kent. When this ferry has finished its season, Lake Champlain Transportation Company has another ferry to the north and one to the south that operate year-round.


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Lodging Near Lake Champlain Ferry

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Hilton Burlington

Hilton Burlington

60 Battery St, Burlington
4.0
of 5, from 1,626 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, this hotel is 3 blocks from picturesque Church Street Marketplace, brimming with shops and restaurants. The Burlington airport is 4 miles away.

$137
Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown

101 Main Street, Burlington
4.4
of 5, from 209 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Burlington, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Church Street Marketplace, and Waterfront Park. University of Vermont is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

$75
La Quinta Inn & Suites South Burlington

La Quinta Inn & Suites South Burlington

1285 Williston Rd, South Burlington
3.6
of 5, from 1,431 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in South Burlington, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Vermont and Church Street Marketplace. Waterfront Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

$169
Hotel Vermont

Hotel Vermont

41 Cherry St, Burlington
4.7
of 5, from 444 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Burlington hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Church Street Marketplace and Waterfront Park. Champlain College and University of Vermont are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$159
Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor

Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor

25 Cherry St, Burlington
4.4
of 5, from 308 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Burlington, this hotel is steps from Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center and Waterfront Park. Church Street Marketplace and University of Vermont are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$59
Anchorage Inn

Anchorage Inn

108 Dorset St, South Burlington
3.0
of 5, from 1,414 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of South Burlington, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University Mall and University of Vermont. Church Street Marketplace and Waterfront Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$81
Hotel Burlington & Conference Center

Hotel Burlington & Conference Center

870 Williston Rd, South Burlington
3.8
of 5, from 1,410 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

One of Vermont's largest hotels and conference centers, this hotel is surrounded by 5 ski areas and is within a half-mile of the University of Vermont. Downtown Burlington and the airport are within 2 miles.

Burlington Hostel

Burlington Hostel

53 Main Street, Burlington
3.8
of 5, from 9 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Burlington, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Waterfront Park, and Church Street Marketplace. University of Vermont is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.