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Downtown Burlington

Vibrant, welcoming, innovative

Whether it's a restaurant opening, a great event, or an art show, there is always something new to discover in Burlington. Compact and beautiful, Burlington is home to a thriving arts scene, museums and educational opportunities, great shopping, three colleges and a university, as well as 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 provide the backdrop for the Church Street Marketplace, where specialty shops and national retailers mingle with restaurants and cultural venues. 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 visitors to nearby Burlington Waterfront Park, offering ferry crossings, excursion boats, and a 12.5-mile walking/bike path that connects to the Lake Champlain Islands via bike ferry in summer. Bicycles, rollerblades, kayaks, and sailboats are all available for rent, and the views across the lake are spectacular.

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
Biking on Church Street in Burlington

Get to Know us

Find out what sets us apart. Learn more about attractions, get the inside scoop on must-do stops and plan your visit by getting to know the area's regional tourism association.

Shopping in downtown Burlington

WHAT TO DO

Vermont’s downtowns are home to unique places to stay, restaurants serving locally grown artisan food and drinks, and places to stop and shop. Plan your vacation with our directory.

Visit the Lake Champlain Byway

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Vermont’s 10 federally designated scenic byways will help you navigate the state and get the most out of your trip. Plan road trips here.

Group of people shopping on Church Street in Burlington

SHOPPING DOWNTOWN

Vermont's downtowns offer access to unique local businesses with one-of-a-kind gifts, treats and treasures. Learn more about shopping in Burlington.