What to see in Burlington
Burlington has many identities: a historic early American city, a vibrant college town, a lakeside holiday resort, 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, and a promenade perfect for enjoying sunset views.
An excellent way to make the most of the city's beautiful views is to hire a bicycle and follow the Waterfront Bike Path, a seven-and-a-half-mile (12km) route that runs from Oakledge Park at the southern end of town to the northern end at the beautiful Winooski River.
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.
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