About The Area: In winter, it's like a picture postcard, especially the Church Steet Marketplace.. Great Shops & Great Food! Video Tour of Burlington
Commonly referred to as Vermont's West Coast, the Burlington Area is located in the northwest portion of the state, approximately 40 miles from the Canadian Border. Burlington is Vermont's largest city, and Lake Champlain is one of this nation's largest lakes - 120 miles long and covering 435 square miles to be exact. It is, without question, a magnificent summer playground offering every conceivable recreational activity and water sport one could hope for.
Burlington Area: Burlington, North Burlington, South Burlington: Whoever coined the phrase, "Location, location, location," must have been thinking of Burlington. With Lake Champlain as its front porch and the Adirondack Mountains spread beyond that, Vermont's largest city could hardly have a more scenic locale [See Burlington Area Photo Gallery]. Four colleges and the University of Vermont contribute an influx of lively young people to a busy commercial, financial and cultural center.
Visiting Waterfront Park is a must! Watch the sailboats and ferries cruise the lake. The Community Boathouse is a great source of information (802-865-3377). It offers boat rentals and boarding for the tour boat Ethan Allen II, a snack bar, several fishing charters, and more. It's a great starting point to walk, skate, bike, or access the Burlington Bike Path.You'll find public beaches at North Beach, Leddy Park, and Oakledge Park. These facilities are All Operated By The Burlington Department of Parks & Recreation.
You should also consider parking the car and taking a round_trip on a Lake Champlain Ferry. The dock is a short walk from Waterfront Park.
To shop or eat, head to Church Street Marketplace, a four block outdoor pedestrian mall with more than 100 shops and a variety of restaurants and outdoor cafes. Both the waterfront and Church Street serve as settings for Seasonal Events such as the Discover Jazz Festival in early June, the Independence Day Celebration, and a great First Night celebration to welcome in the New Year.
The arts thrive in Burlington! In addition to the University of Vermont's Royal Tyler Theater, which offers a variety of topnotch attractions, the Flynn Theater downtown presents performances including Broadway musicals, major stars, and a series of Vermont Symphony Orchestra concerts. The city offers countless venues for Vermont's professional crafts people as well as for film festivals, literature and poetry readings, not to mention more than 20 art galleries. And don't forget places of interest such as the Fleming Museum on the UVM Campus, the Ethan Allen Homestead in Winooski, and the Shelburne Museum in neighboring Shelburne.
However, the bottom line is that Lake Champlain is the chief attraction for visitors for all it has to offer. It is also a source of scientific and historical interest. Markers have long pointed out the sites of two Historic Shipwrecks [Diving Guidelines]. And in 1997, a 54-foot Gunboat commanded by Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War was discovered in an excellent state of preservation sitting upright on the bottom, its mast still standing over fifty feet high and its large bow cannon still in place. A find not ignored by the national media! All Shipwrecks
And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . . there is the legend of Champ, Lake Champlain's lovable monster, reported (but not documented to the satisfaction of those wet-blanket scientists) to inhabit its depths.
Be sure to also check out The Lake Champlain Islands!
Winter in the Burlington Area? The city is pretty much left to those who live and work here, as well as to the thousands of college students who call this their home away from home. It's not boring by any standards, quite the contrary. There are a wealth of cultural events during the entire winter season. Holiday time is second to none in Vermont! Shopping is a delight. The Ski Areas are a short drive away, and the city's First Night Celebration is not to be missed. And if you are an iceboat enthusiast, this is the place. Oh, and dress warm!
Shelburne, Shelburne Falls (Pop. 5,871): Four miles south of Burlington on the shore of Lake Champlain. Shelburne is the home of two of Vermont's most popular attractions - Shelburne Farms and the Shelburne Museum.
Bolton, Bolton Valley (Pop. 971): This winter playground, home of the Bolton Valley Ski Area, is approximately 20 miles from Burlington via I-89. The ski area has the highest base elevation of any ski area in the East.
It is also PARADISE for cross-country skiers, having over 100 miles of trails and a 12 mile trail [Not For Beginners] which leads to the Trapp Family Lodge. Cross-Country Skiing in the Bolton Valley area is second to none in the state of Vermont!
Essex (Pop. 16,748), Essex Junction (Pop. 8,396): A half-step removed to the east from the City of Burlington, and home of the famed Champlain Valley Fair each August (See Calendar of Events)
Williston Pop. 4,887: Located just east of Burlington and immediately south of Essex Junction, Williston is a village known for its historic architecture. Its proximity to Burlington and Lake Champlain make it a great place to live.
Winooski (Pop. 6,649); Mallets Bay: Although having its own identity, Winooski is very much part of the Champlain Valley and geographically married to Burlington. Mallets Bay is just north of Winooski and directly west of Colchester.
Individual Towns & Villages: Bolton · Bolton Valley · Burlington · Charlotte Colchester · East Charlotte · Essex · Essex Junction · Hanksville · Hinesburg Huntington · Huntington Center · Jericho · Jericho Center · Jonesville · Mallets Bay Mechanicsville · North Burlington · Richmond · Riverside · Shelburne · Shelburne Falls · South Burlington · St. George · Thompson's Point · Underhill · Underhill Center · Williston · Winooski
Local Attractions & Places of Interest
Listings Are In Alphabetical Order
Church Street Marketplace (Northern Vermont)
Description: A beautiful place to shop or dine. Completely outdoors with many outdoor cafes.
Location: Church Street
ECHO At The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (Northern Vermont)
Description: 100 hands-on interactive exhibits. 60 species of fish, amphibians and reptiles.
Location: One College Street
Gardener's Supply Company (Northern Vermont)
Description: Tour display gardens, nature trails and bike paths.
Location: 128 Intervale Road
Lake Champlain Chocolates (Northern Vermont)
Description: Nationally Renowned Chocolates, Made In Vermont. Factory Tours
Location: 750 Pine Street
Lake Champlain Cruises & Northern Lights (Northern Vermont)
Description: Cruise boat featuring scenic cruises, lunch, brunch and weekly dinner cruises
Location: 1 King Street
Lake Champlain Ferries[Northern Vermont]
Description: If you're vacationing in Vermont or New York's Adirondacks don't miss the opportunity to sail on the "Sixth Great Lake".
Location: King Street Dock
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (Central Vermont)
Description: Historical Exhibits, Maritime Collections, Nautical Archaeology, Boat Building Courses.
Location: From 22A at Vergennes, VT follow signs to Basin Harbor
Phone: 802-475-2022 X109
Robert Hull Fleming Museum (Northern Vermont)
Description: Art, Natural History, Geology, Archaeology
Location: UVM Campus
Royal Lipizzan Stallions Summer Home (Northern Vermont)
Description: Shows Featuring Famous Austrian Stallions
Location: Route 2
Town: North Hero
St. Anne's Shrine (Northern Vermont)
Description: Site of Fort St. Anne, Vermont's oldest settlement. Open-Sided Chapel On Shore, Masses Daily
Location: Route 129
Town: Isle La Motte
Shelburne Farms (Northern Vermont)
Description: Major Attraction: Experimental Farm & Education Center, Magnificent Views
Location: Off Route 7
Shelburne Museum (Northern Vermont)
Description: Major Vermont Attraction, Steam Locomotive To Sidewheeler. 37 Buildings, 80,000 Objects
Location: Route 7
Spirit Of Ethan Allen III (Northern Vermont)
Description: Lake Champlain Tour Boat, Scenic Cruises, Dinner Cruises
Location: Burlington Boathouse, College Street
Vermont State Craft Center - Frog Hollow (Northern Vermont)
Description: Galleries, Education, Exhibits
Location: 85 Church Street
Vermont Teddy Bear Company Factory Tour (Northern Vermont)
Description: Tours 7 Days
Location: Route 7
Phone: 802-985-3001 X1381
Vermont Wildflower Farm
Location: Route 7
Description: Browse our newly expanded gift and seed center. Visit our six acres of wildflower gardens and woodlands. Self-guided tour handout. Open daily April thru Late October. Phone, Fax and Mail Orders accepted year-round.
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Whistling Man Schooner Co. - Friend Ship Cruises (Northern Vermont)
Description: Sailing Cruises
Location: Burlington Community Boathouse
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