Historic Downtown


People walk along a sidewalk on a sunny day.
A wide and shallow river passes by an old smokestack that rises above the trees on the opposite bank.

Winooski, Vermont

The beauty of a historic mill city characterizes Winooski, which packs a lot of shopping, local and culturally diverse dining options, and adventure into just 1.5 square miles. A rotary park is a hub where public paths connect the town with trails nearby, and historic architecture frames the downtown district. The Winooski River, flowing through the downtown’s heart, is also known as the Onion River, named after the Abenaki word for the wild onions that grew alongside its banks. 

People tour outside of an old mill with a guide.
A group of people show a weaved blanked in a museum.

Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

The Champlain Mill was a textile mill built in 1912, producing woolen fabric using water power. This museum stewards the Winooski River’s mill heritage and its impact on the city’s development

A group of musicians play in front of a crowd at an outdoor performance.
People dance to music outdoors on a summer day.

Winooski Wednesdays

Event Date: June 19, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, 2024 

Live music takes center stage at Rotary Park on summer Wednesdays once a month. 

Eat, Shop, and Stay in Winooski






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Discover More

Trip planning resources with Winooski’s local downtown organization. 

Downtown Winooski  about Discover More