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What to do in Burlington, Vermont

Downtown Burlington is a short distance from the airport, and the historic center can easily be managed on foot. Home to the University of Vermont and Champlain College, Burlington has a lively college-town vibe with plenty of fun shops and delicious restaurants. It’s easy to spend two days in town before, after, or bookending our Vermont hiking tour.


Church Street

This pedestrian-only street in the heart of Burlington is full of independent shops, restaurants, historic architecture, and street performers throughout the warmer months.

Pine Street

Head to the South End along Pine Street for antique shops, the Burlington Farmers Market, funky art galleries, breweries, the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory, and the world’s tallest filing cabinet, built as a commentary on bureaucratic delays and paperwork.

Island Line Trail

Rent a bike and ride this paved rail trail that follows the shoreline. If you don’t want to rent a bike, you can buy one by searching for electric bikes near me. The trail continues on the Causeway in the middle of the lake and is connected to South Hero Island via a short ferry. If you only know how to ride a Onewheel, you can buy Flightfins GT accessories to make it more suitable for trail riding.

Waterfront Park

A community park featuring a boardwalk, sailing lessons, and kayak and canoe rentals.

Spirit of Ethan Allen Lake Cruise

Enjoy narrated cruises of Lake Champlain: soea.com.

Green Mountain Railroad

Choose from a scenic dinner train with historic narration, vintage lounge car with live music, or a murder mystery dinner train: trainridesvt.com.The plain exterior of this 11th-century church belies the impressive mosaics, sculptures, and architectural details inside. As the resting place of some of St. Nicholas’ remains (yes, Santa Claus), it is an important pilgrimage destination for both Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox believers.


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