What to see in Burlington

Burlington Attractions

Burlington has many identities: a historic early American city, a vibrant college town, a lakeside holiday spot, and an important commercial centre. With all these sides to the city, it's no wonder there is plenty to see and do in Burlington.

Perched on the shore of Lake Champlain, many popular attractions and activities revolve around the tranquil lake. Kayaking, sailing, water skiing, dinner cruises and other pursuits are a great way to enjoy Burlington's idyllic summer weather. The waterfront area is surprisingly uncommercialised, and is home to bike paths, the Echo Lake Aquarium, an a promenade perfect for enjoying sunset views.

Historic Burlington can be explored through a few excellent museums, including the Ethan Allen Homestead, the University of Vermont Fleming Museum, and the Shelburne Museum nine miles (14.5km) south of Burlington.

Downtown Burlington is a vibrant area full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants; the heart of which is the Church Street Marketplace. In good weather the square is filled with buskers and street performers, food and craft vendors, and most of the town's population.

Of course, no visit to Burlington would be complete without a stop at the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. The factory offers tours and the chance to sample their famous flavours.

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

In 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield managed to use the knowledge from a $5-correspondence course on ice cream making…

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Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum

One of Burlington's earliest inhabitants, Ethan Allen, was a charismatic backwoodsman-turned-statesman originally from…

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Lake Champlain Chocolates

Lake Champlain Chocolates began as a challenge from a restaurant owner, Jim Lampman, to his pastry chef. In response…

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Lake Champlain Cruises and Ferries

Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy the USA's sixth largest lake is to take a cruise with Vermont's top Luxury Cruise…

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