Things to do in Burlington Vermont.

Church Street Marketplace

At this open-air mall in the heart of downtown Burlington, street performers and more than 100 shops and eateries fill a four-block stretch of cityscape. Browse, stroll, and take advantage of the free public Wi-Fi to update your Instagram feed with the highlights from your ramblings.

The Flying Pig Bookstore

Although not located within Burlington’s city limits, this award-winning shop in nearby Shelburne is a worth a visit. Featuring more than 40,000 titles and knowledgeable staffers who have seemingly read every single one, the Flying Pig makes its home in the former Shelburne Inn.

Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center

The “ECHO” in the name stands for Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity — and this waterfront resource delivers on all counts. America’s “Sixth Great Lake” is the focus here, and visitors will come face to face with Lake Champlain’s denizens as they also learn about the area’s ecological history, shipwrecks, and legendary monster “Champ.”

BTV Flea

Burlington’s burgeoning South End Arts District hosts a bustling flea market on the third Sunday of each month from May through October, featuring antiques, handicrafts, artwork, brewery tours and tastings, and lots of food.


Cyclists skirt the city shoreline, cross the Winooski River, and connect with suburban Colchester’s own bike trail. The fun really begins as the route heads out onto Lake Champlain along a 3½-mile former railroad causeway. A seasonal bike ferry links with scenic roads threading the Champlain Islands.

Fleming Museum of Art

Refreshed by an extensive 2016 renovation, the art and anthropology museum of the University of Vermont houses the state’s most broad-ranging collection of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and cultural artifacts from civilizations ranging from antiquity to the contemporary U.S. The cache of some 20,000 objects includes African masks; an Assyrian bas-relief; works by Corot, Goya, Rodin, Homer, and Warhol; and an Egyptian mummy in its coffin. The book-filled museum shop also has a pleasant café serving snacks and desserts.

Burlingtons Farmers’ Market

In the state that appreciates the “go local” movement more than just about any other, this legendary farmers’ market, now nearing its fifth decade, is not to be missed. Every Saturday from late spring through autumn, 90-plus vendors fill City Hall Park with seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, and more. You won’t leave disappointed (or hungry).

Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market, Inc.

1168 Old Stage Road, Williston VT, 05495

Open mid- April through December, specializing in fresh local and regional produce, Vermont Specialty Food Products, local crafts, pies and gift baskets (gift boxes shipped UPS). PYO Apple Orchard open September through October 15th with easy family picking, freshly pressed cider and scenic mountain views, school and tour groups are welcomed.

Allenholm Farm

110-111 South Street, South Hero, VT, 005486

Come for a visit and meet our friendly farm animals, treat yourself to a Maple Creemee. Take home one of Papa Ray’s mouth watering, homemade pies! We are open daily from late May until Dec 24th.

Intervale Center

180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT, 05401

We are a dynamic non-profit in Burlington, VT that implements innovative, replicable and place-based solutions to address some of global agriculture’s most pressing problems. We are transforming the food system from one that is degrading, anonymous and industrial, to one that is restorative, familiar and human-scale. We are working to foster a local food economy that is good for people and the planet.

Hackett’s Orchard

86 South St, South Hero, VT, 005486

A family operated farm and market offering apples, raspberries, strawberries, farm-fresh vegetables and Vermont products

Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT, 005482

1,400-acre working farm, non-profit environmental education organization and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont.

Lake Champlain Chocolates

750 Pine Street, Burlington, VT, 005401

Take the sweetest tour in town! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ultimate chocolate experience.


1239 Edwards Rd., Jeffersonville, VT, 005464

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers’ Notch/Stowe, Vermont offers eco-adventures ranging from the serene to the extreme.

Cloud Nine Fishing Charters

96 Westin Road, Ferrisburgh, VT, 005456

Fishing year round on one of North America’s most abundant lakes and the Hudson River.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, 005482

More than 100,000 works of art, Americana, and design located in Vermont’s beautiful Lake Champlain Valley. Shelburne is one of America’s most diverse and unconventional museums, exhibiting everything from French Impressionist paintings to American folk art. The museum’s 45 scenic acres and 39 historic buildings offer several unique, stunning venues for receptions, events, and meetings.

Ethan Allen Homestead Museum & Historic Site

1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Ste. 2, Burlington, VT, 005408

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Birds of Vermont Museum

900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT, 005462

The Birds of Vermont Museum houses a unique collection of over 500 life-like wood carvings of birds.

Vermont Granite Museum

7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre, VT, 005641

Come discover the science, people, cultures, and technologies behind Vermont’s granite industry. Explore the vibrant past and characters that have made Vermont granite famous throughout the world.

Ben & Jerry’s – Ice Cream Factory Tour

1281 Waterbury – Stowe Rd., Waterbury, VT, 05676

Learn how Ben & Jerry’s gets so much deliciousness into every scoop! Take our 30-minute guided factory tour and learn how we make ice cream. We’ll explain how we put our values into action at every step of the process. It’s great for all ages and a fantastic activity for the family

Grand Isle Historical Society

9 Hyde Road Grand Isle, VT 05458

The Grand Isle County Historical Society was formed in 1955 to help with the preservation of the Hyde Log Cabin. The Society manages the Historic Site and presents programs related to local history.

3rd Alarm Charters & Guide Service

51 West Street Proctor, Vermont

3rd Alarm Charters has been providing anglers with the adrenaline-fueled experiences
they’ve been searching for since we opened back in 2010. Our Lake Champlain fishing
charters offer year-round adventures and the most flexible scheduling options
around. We also offer unlimited availability of the Hudson and Salmon Rivers and
Lake Ontario fishing trips.

Places to Eat in Burlington, Vermont

As a young student-chef, Bistro de Margot owner Hervé Mahé trained
at France’s elite Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française. Then he spent 30 years
honing his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, London, and Seattle.
In Burlington, he carefully crafts each dish — from an exquisite foie gras torchon
to a pan-seared cod filet — in a way that’s refined yet approachable.

Line up with the locals for a table at Burlington’s most popular breakfast spot.
It’s worth the wait for moderately priced ham ’n’ egg alternatives such as “Bucket-o-Spuds”
(home fries with melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, and scallions), the smoked-salmon
plate, and gingerbread pancakes. Not that you’ll need lunch, but that’s served
here, too.

Award-winning chef Eric Warnstedt and his partner, William McNeil, who still
operate their popular establishment in Waterbury, have once again created restaurant
magic. At their chic second outpost, located next to the Hotel Vermont, the
menu features an ever-changing but always sophisticated selection of locally
sourced foods, including the signature hen-of-the-wood mushroom toast for which
the restaurant is named.

It’s all about the spuds at Al’s: freshly cut, quickly blanched, and double-fried.
A local institution since the late 1940s, Al’s was dubbed one of “America’s
Classics” by the James Beard Foundation.

Places to Stay in Burlington, Vermont

What to do in Burlington, Vermont, when you need a place to rest your head? Check out these great lodging options:

This downtown destination offers bright, modern accommodations featuring wood and stone accents from Vermont forests and quarries. Locally sourced ingredients are the rule at Juniper restaurant; other hotel dining options include a satellite location of the James Beard Award–nominated Hen of the Wood and seafood-oriented Bleu. Named a 2017 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best City Hotel.”

Luxe B&B or micro-hotel? Burlington’s newest inn blends 19th- and 20th-century styles — including for-sale Vermont artworks — in a classic, cupola-crowned Victorian mansion. Enjoy gel-topped mattresses, in-room fridges stocked with local delicacies, a sauna, and an outdoor hot tub. Beer and wine are available, too. Named a 2015 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best New B&B.”

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