Vermont's Biggest City


Compact and beautiful, Burlington is home to a thriving arts scene, creative entrepreneurship, great shopping, three colleges and a university, and a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits. It’s no wonder this small, friendly city consistently earns national awards.

Fountains, a brick-paved pedestrian mall, and historic buildings ranging in style from Victorian to Art Deco and Streamline Moderne provide the backdrop for the Church Street Marketplace. Specialty shops and national retailers mingle with restaurants and cultural venues, where outdoor cafes, street vendors and entertainers keep things lively long after sundown. Festivals are held all year long with events like New Year’s First Night Celebration and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival attracting visitors from throughout the northeast.

A short walk from Church Street takes you to the nearby waterfront--lakeside parks, ferry crossings, excursion boats, and a 12.5 mile walking/bike path that connects to the Lake Champlain Islands by a special bike ferry in summer. Bicycles, rollerblades, kayaks, and sailboats are all available for rent, and the views across the lake are spectacular.

The city harbors great museums and galleries too. The waterfront offers ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, the go-to place to learn about the history and ecology of Lake Champlain. Nearby Pine Street and downtown are full of contemporary galleries, and the University of Vermont’s eclectic Fleming Museum is not to be missed.

For more information, check out Church Street Marketplace or call (802) 863-1648.

Don’t miss the attractions in Vermont’s largest city: 

Whale’s Tails 

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream 

Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory 

Church Street Marketplace 

Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain 

Fleming Museum of Art 

Shelburne Farms 

Shelburne Museum 

Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruises 

Ethan Allen Museum

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Brewery Challenge

Small state. Big beer. Vermont's brewers are making magic. The Vermont Brewers Association invites you to go on a tasting tour & discover for yourself.

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Paths and Rail Trails

Vermont has 18 rail trails in addition to public paths that wend their way through historic downtowns, forests and open spaces, making it easy to stop at local businesses or enjoy delicious local food along the way.


Discover Burlington

With so much to see and do in this great lakeside city, you may want to plan ahead.