Burlington Vermont Waterfront

Not Too Big, Not Too Small

Burlington is one of the best-known "college towns" in the United States. In addition to Champlain College, Burlington boasts three other higher education institutions, and students represent a quarter of the city's total population. Clearly, Burlington is a smart, hip and happening city.

To explore downtown, just head down the hill toward the water—it's only a five-minute walk from campus. The epicenter of Burlington is the Church Street Marketplace. You'll know you're there when you hit the cobblestones. Wander around; explore our unique shops, tea and coffee houses. Enjoy the street performers. Have a great meal in any one of the restaurants featuring local ingredients and outdoor dining.

Next, head down the hill toward the lake. You'll find the waterfront and community park graced with pristine lakeshore as far as the eye can see and a magnificent boardwalk, built for strolling, biking, blading, running, even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Watch a beautiful sunset over the Adirondack Mountain range. The waterfront is home to the city's largest festival site, where a number of major events take place throughout the year.

There's a whole world of entertainment in and around the city, which truly offers the best of everything from a stellar downtown urban atmosphere to close proximity to some of the best outdoor sports terrain in the country. But explore our town for yourself-you're bound to discover your own favorites

  • Named America's Capital of Education by Urbanful.
  • Named #1 Best College Town by Travel & Leisure.
  • Ranked #7 on Outside Magazine's 16 Greatest Places to Live in America.
  • Named the next Gig City by US Ignite.
  • Named "One of the 10 Great Places for Campus Culture" by USA Today Travel Guide

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