Things to Do
Families are usually surprised and impressed when they visit Burlington. Just down the hill from Champlain's main campus is Burlington's downtown scene. Set near Lake Champlain, you can hear live performances while eating local foods on the pedestrian-only Church Street, or take a stroll through the Farmers Market in City Hall Park on Saturdays. Burlington offers restaurants, coffee bars, shopping, music venues and varied cultural opportunities within a quick walk from campus. The city also boasts many beautiful houses of worship, including Christian churches, synagogues, mosques, Buddhist centers and a Friends Meeting Hall, among others.
Lake Champlain's waterfront, ECHO aquarium and science center, and the 12-mile Burlington Bike Path are just downtown and world-class skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking are within an hour's drive.
|ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM & SCIENCE CENTER: Right on the shore of Lake Champlain is the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Explore and learn about the Lake Champlain Basin, with an aquarium, engaging exhibits, hands-on activities, events and programs in this LEED-certified building. Parents, don't forget to check out ECHO's AfterDark series, programs targeted for the 21+, blending cocktails and intellect for a night of socializing and fun.|
|LAKE CHAMPLAIN SHORELINE CRUISES: Take a cruise around the lake on the Spirit of the Ethan Allen III. Lake Champlain Shoreline Cruises run throughout the day with options like educational scenic cruises and themed dinners.|
|BURLINGTON BIKE PATH: Burlington's 7.5 mile recreational route was one of the first dedicated bike paths in New England. The Path follows the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering some of the best views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.|
|FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: In the heart of Burlington's downtown is the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring Broadway shows and world-class music, the Flynn has a show for everyone.|
|SHOPPING AND DINING ON THE CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE: For casual strolls, serious shopping, great food, street vendors and people-watching, the Church Street Marketplace is just a quick walk down the hill from Champlain's campus.|
|LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES: Since 1983, Lake Champlain Chocolates has been making chocolates with exquisite flavor and fresh ingredients. Take a free chocolate factory tours Monday -Friday at their location on Pine Street in Burlington.|
|BURLINGTON BREW TOURS: Sample your way through the Green Mountain State with the Burlington Brew Tours. With visits to Magic Hat Brewing Company, Switchback Brewing Company, Vermont Pub and Brewery, Fiddlehead Brewery Company and more, you'll learn about Vermont's rich history as you enjoy delicious food and artisan beers.|
|HISTORICAL TOURS: Travel with Mr. Gary De Carolis on a two-hour tour of Burlington, where he points out many historical points and interests. On Gary's Burlington History Tour, you'll learn about Lake Champlain and the Champlain Valley, and how the little hamlet grew to a village and eventually to the city it is today. Or take a ride on a historical trolley tour of Burlington where you'll get an exciting, educational and scenic tour of Burlington from an old-time trolley.|
Take some time to explore the rest of what Vermont has to offer:
|SHELBURNE MUSEUM: On Route 7, just seven miles south of Burlington, the Shelburne Museum holds one of the nation's most eclectic collections of folk art, decorative art, tools, toys, textiles and transportation vehicles, as well as paintings by Monet, Manet, Cassatt, Degas and Wyeth. The museum is open from May through October.|
|SHELBURNE FARMS: A National Historic Landmark and nonprofit environmental education center, Shelburne Farms features walking trails, a farmyard, inn, restaurant, tours and special events. Open from May through October.|
|VERMONT FARM TOURS: Meet local food and wine producers on small farms. With seasonal pairings, you'll get to meet the owners of various artisanal businesses on any of the seven tours offered.|
|WATERBURY, VERMONT: Take a short drive to Waterbury, Vermont and visit some of Vermont's main attractions. Just down the road from Waterbury Center are great family stops like the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Cabot Creamery Annex Stores, and The Alchemist Cannery. Don't forget to stop at Vermont's #1 tourist attraction, Ben & Jerry's.|
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE: Many people don't know that when the Von Trapp Family escaped Austria during WW II, the family settled in Stowe, Vermont. Now The Von Trapp Family Lodge is a mountain resort, complete with mountain biking and hiking trails, horse drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing trails, maple sugaring, historical tours, wine tastings and massages. The Trapp Lodge also opened the Trapp Lager Brewery in 2010.
Check out Vermont Guided Tours with Greg Doremus. Vermont Guided Tours are a number of packaged tours that include taking in Vermont's beautiful nature and sights, experiencing our arts, crafts and local Vermont products and attractions. Some tours are as simple as a memorable walk through a wooded hillside. Other tours take visitors to places to experience, taste and learn more about our area. I
For local hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, and inn recommendations and reservations, contact:
The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce: 877-686-5253, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vermont.org.