The Largest and Most Cosmopolitan City of Vermont
Population: 42,284 (2013)
Area: 15.50 square miles
Location: 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada-United States (Quebec-Vermont) border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal.
Vermont’s largest and perhaps most cosmopolitan city, Burlington is the melting pot of old New England charm, arts, culture and nature. It is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. In early 2015, Burlington became the first city in the US to run completely on renewable energy. You surely cannot help but fall in love with Burlington.
During the Spring and Summertime, the streets are filled with festivals, outdoor concerts, and other interesting events. Revel in the warm weather by having a picnic at Leddy Park. You could swim, fish or just kick back on the beach. In the fall, enjoy the Burlington Bike Path as you take in the vibrant autumn colors. In winter, head to the Paquette Arena for ice skating or grab your skis and head to any of the nearby resorts.
Church Street Marketplace, with its early 1900s architecture, great restaurants, live entertainment, one-of-a-kind shops and well-known stores, is the focal point of the downtown area. Anytime of the year is a good time for chocolate. Be sure to stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates for a tour and taste!
Burlington is also known as the regional “college town.” It is home to the state’s flagship land-grant public university, the University of Vermont, as well as two small private colleges, Burlington College and Champlain College.
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A natural freshwater lake. It is located mainly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) and partially situated across the Canada–United States border in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The New York portion of the Champlain Valley includes the eastern portions of Clinton County and Essex County. Most of this area is part of the Adirondack Park.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Kid-focused non-profit museum with 70+ species of animals, interactive exhibits about lake ecology & a cafe. ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for Stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and Historic Site
Explore historical exhibits & guided tours of the home of one of Vermont’s founders, Ethan Allen. Homestead offers hands-on history, spectacular scenery, and riverside picnic areas and walks.
The baseball stadium at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. It is the home of the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York Penn League, the Short Season Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
A non-profit, full-service home for the performing arts in the region. Venue set in a 1930 art deco theater hosting a variety of live performances. It offers a wide range of cultural and educational experiences.
A cultural treasure prized by Vermonters and visitors for more than 80 years. The Fleming Museum is located on the campus of the University of Vermont.
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont with a summit that peaks at 4,393 feet above sea level.
This 14-acre historic park, deeded to the City in 1870, provides a panoramic view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks with a promenade, playground, monuments and a bandshell. The park is host to a series of concerts throughout the summer on Thursday and Sunday evenings in the bandshell . The park is available for use by reservation. In the winter an outdoor skating rink is available for use by the public.
Switchback offers FREE tours every Saturday at 1:00pm and 2:00pm. The brewery is a manufacturing space and is not safe for visitors at other times. Tours are given by a brewer and last around 30 minutes.
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Vermont’s award-winning open air mall, which consists of the four blocks of Church Street between Main and Pearl Streets. It is a hub of activity where you’ll find historic architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music and over 100 places to shop and dine.
French bistro & bar, serving lunch, brunch and dinner located on the Church Street Marketplace on the corner of Church & College Streets. Leunig’s offers some of the best people watching and live music in the area.
Pauline’s offers creative seasonally-inspired menus, and carefully selected wines in a classic, cozy setting. They offer several dining options, which include the café, upstairs restaurant, seasonal patio and private rooms.
Bohemian venue offering eclectic eats in a hip bar, tranquil solarium, or romantic dining room.
Serene tearoom with 100+ varieties, plus sweet & savory vegetarian eats & plush floor seating. Dobra teas are served in handmade pottery or in traditional vessels from tea producing countries of the world. All of our drinking water is filtered to provide the clearest taste and the most subtle notes.
Vermont’s oldest craft brewery, offering many unique, award-winning beers. The partners enjoy planning special events at the pub, highlighting Vermont products along with their beer.
Easygoing pizza parlor with daily specials & local craft beers, plus TVs showing sports.
Fresh homemade soups, baked goods, salads & sandwiches in a historic waterfront building.
Overlooking the beautiful Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains beyond, The Big House at Lakeview farm was built by Lemuel S. Drew in the mid – 1800’s. This beautiful Victorian house was part of a 266 acre farm, which is listed as one of the historic buildings located in the Burlington area.