Family Vacations to Burlington, Vermont

Biking along Waterfront Park, Burlington, Vermont
Biking along Waterfront Park, Burlington, Vermont (Skye Chalmers/courtesy, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing)

Burlington Family Travel Tips

Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, but with a population of just under 40,000 people, it’s no crowded metropolis. Instead, it’s a charming—yet cosmopolitan—retreat that offers a blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and relaxation.

Burlington’s waterfront on the shore of Lake Champlain is friendly to both pedestrians and cyclists. There are bike and walking paths as well as bench swings along the shoreline with sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains in the background. Visit the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center to learn more about the species of fish, amphibians, and reptiles that make the region their home as well as the geology, weather, and natural history of the Burlington area. Then, head to the Shelburne Museum and take in an impressive collection of fine art and Americana. Looking for even more adventure? Reserve a spot on the Lake Champlain Shipwreck Tour to see the jetsam of doomed ships (there are over 300 at the bottom of the lake).

Take in the shopping, dining, and entertainment of Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, with a blend of local boutiques, well-known chains, and diverse eateries set along the backdrop of a historic street complete with outdoor vendors and street performers. Try kayaking, fishing, and sailing in Lake Champlain; or go for a hike or bicycle ride in the Adirondack Mountains.

Live music, arts, theater, and entertainment are an important part of Burlington’s culture. Festivals and celebrations fill the calendar year-round; and with a university and three colleges within the city limits, there’s never a shortage of educational and cultural opportunities for residents and tourists alike. No matter how you plan to spend your family vacation, Burlington’s gorgeous scenery makes a perfect backdrop.


Published: 24 Mar 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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