Attractions in the Burlington, Vermont Area

Outdoor pursuits, historical adventures, science, shopping, Lake Champlain, gourmet ice-cream and much more. It’s all there, in and around Burlington, VT.

Starting from the Burlington Hilton, you can grab a complimentary bicycle, walk across the street and cycle the Burlington Bikeway. Consider extending your ride to the Colchester Causeway and the LocalMotionVT Island Line bike ferry.

If shopping is your preference, one block from the Hilton is the award-winning Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall with over 100 locally owned boutiques and restaurants, street vendors and entertainers in the heart of downtown Burlington.

For those seeking an educational experience, the Echo, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, within a short walk of the Hilton, is an innovative science center and lake aquarium with interactive exhibits and over 70 species on view.

Next door is the Spirit of Ethan Allen, a triple-deck cruise ship and floating restaurant offering scenic narrated cruises of Lake Champlain. For a less expensive but equally scenic alternative ($8.00) the Lake Champlain Ferry will take you from Burlington to Port Kent, NY and back in about 2 ½ hours.

Just ten minutes south of Burlington is the Shelburne Museum. Considered one of the nation’s most diverse museums of art, design and Americana, with over 100,000 works, including impressionist masters, prized folk art, quilts and more.

One of the sites included in the pre-tour is Gardeners Supply Company, Williston Garden Center and Outlet Store. Just six miles outside Burlington, it is not to be missed.

Fifteen miles down the road is Ben & Jerry’s. Take the factory tour or just indulge.

Less than 20 miles further is Montpelier, the state capitol. Learn about the history of Vermont by taking a tour of the capitol.

Further explorations may bring you to Cabot Cheese Company, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, local breweries and wineries, or for outdoor adventure, the Lake Champlain Islands.

 

Lorrainer Brisson HTM
President NEHTN