Best Times to Visit Burlington, VT
The best time to visit Burlington is from May to October when the festival schedule picks up and the city is in peak season. The shoulder months are a little less expensive, but rarely worth the visit. April can get pretty muddy, and the tourism industry shuts down in November to prep for the winter sports season. December to March is a bustling time, but mainly with skiers and snowboarders who descend on the city's winter wonderland.
With an average annual snowfall of 81 inches and some of Northern Vermont's best ski slopes nearby, Burlington is a perfect hub for winter sports. But fair warning, the temperatures can be too chilly for some -- averaging between the single digits and low 30s -- and some of the city's top sites will shorten their hours, if they're open at all.
April is less than pleasant in Burlington. Mud becomes commonplace as the city thaws and those annoying little black flies wake from their winter naps. But with its warming temperatures -- averaging in the mid 30s to low 50s -- this month is not as dead as the snooze fest in November.
Burlington's monolithic peak season starts in late spring and goes straight into the leaf-peeping fall. Predictably, the temperature range is wide: May rarely sees 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but by the summer, the temps are in the high 70s to low 80s. Starting in September, the temperatures average from the high 60s to the low 50s.
Multiple travel guides agree: November can be a barren month in Burlington. Too late for leaf-peeping and too early for snow sports, the season sees hotels and restaurants close down for a breather. But some attractions are still running and the rates are cheaper at the hotels that stay open.