Burlington, VT Travel Guide

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Why Go To Burlington, VT

Burlington, a quaint Vermont town on the shore of Lake Champlain, thrives on all things offbeat. The public square on Church Street is lined with acrobats and jugglers year-round. The Shelburne Museum has a fully transplanted train station and the steamboat Ticonderoga, and the ever-popular Magic Hat Brewing Company has the most entertaining bartenders. Even the most famous Burlington settlers — like Ethan Allen (of the Green Mountain Boys, not the furniture), Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (yes that Ben and Jerry) — march to the beat of their own drum. So pack your Birkenstocks, book the bed-and-breakfast and get ready to live and let live in Burlington. 

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Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Burlington is from May to September when the festival schedule picks up and the city bursts with greenery. The shoulder months of April and November welcome fewer crowds and reduced hotel rates but are less desirable for adventure travelers. April can get pretty muddy, and the tourism industry shuts down in November to prep for the winter sports season. Hotel prices spike from December to March, when skiers and snowboarders descend on the city's nearby slopes. 

Weather in Burlington, VT

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What You Need to Know

  • Pick up a paper Free local newspapers, like "Seven Days," will give you a good handle on the ever-changing festival schedule.
  • It's a college town Home to the University of Vermont, Burlington College and Champlain College, the city has a younger vibe.
  • Two words: free samples From chocolates to beer, Burlington is full of factory tours — and loads of free samples and giveaways too. 

How to Save Money in Burlington, VT

  • Take a bus If you live in the northern portion of the East Coast and don't mind lengthy car rides, you might want to consider taking a bus to Burlington. There are a number of bus line options, including Greyhound, Megabus and Vermont Translines. If you book in advance, you can purchase a one-way ticket from New York City to Burlington for as low as $30.
  • Time your trip right Visit in May or the weeks following Columbus Day in mid-October for the cheapest hotel rates. May in Burlington is great because the weather starts warming up; late October offers beautiful foliage viewing without the crowds. Traveling midweek will also cut down on the cost of your accommodations.
  • Find free parking The first two hours of parking in downtown Burlington garages are free. On Sundays, parking is free almost everywhere in the city.

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A short drive away from downtown Burlington, the Ethan Allen Homestead withstands the test of time as a remnant of Vermont's last founder.

Ethan Allen Homestead Museum

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