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The Lure of the Lake and a Lively Downtown

Lake Champlain is the centerpiece of activity. Look for the lighthouses on a narrated boat tour, cycle the Burlington Bike Path along the shore, go fishing or enjoy the views from a marina. Learn about lake history and archaeology at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a hands-on center, great for families.

Battery Park, which overlooks the lake, is perfect for scenic strolls and seasonal festivals. You won’t need a car to explore the four pedestrian-only blocks of shopping, dining, pubs and street performers at Church Street Marketplace. Much of the marketplace is a National Register Historic District, with some buildings dating to the 1820s.

 

Marking its Place in History

Experience 18th century life at the Ethan Allen Homestead, the final home of the American Revolutionary War hero. There’s a park next door with walking trails and an observation tower, a perfect photo opportunity. Just south of the city is the Shelburne Museum, a must-visit for its extensive collection of Americana and folk art housed among 39 historic buildings. It’s especially fun for families, with a circus exhibit and carousel, passenger train, old steamboat, covered bridge and round barn.

 

Adding to the Allure of Burlington

Main Street rises from the waterfront to the University of Vermont, replete with handsome 19th century buildings. Catch a show at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts, housed in a 1930s Art Deco theater, or watch the Vermont Symphony Orchestra perform. Complete your cultural immersion at the Fleming Museum of Art, on the university campus, that features objects and works spanning the history of civilization.

Fun Fact

Signage at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in Burlington
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Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded in 1978 in a renovated gas station in Burlington.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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Sightseeing at the Mystic River Bascule Bridge
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Mystic

Taking in the sights at the downtown Working Waterfront district
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Autumn colors surrounding a barn near Mount Mansfield
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Stowe