Burlington, VT Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Burlington, VT

Whatever your interest — historic, outdoorsy, cultural or family-friendly fun — Burlington's got you covered. Sift through the impressive collection of Americana at the nearby Shelburne Museum, or tour the former home of Ethan Allen, one of Vermont's most iconic residents. Explore the Waterfront's interactive ECHO Aquarium and stretch of prime picnic green. Catch a performance at the Flynn Center or along the Church Street Marketplace; Burlington's street performers are a very talented group. 

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  • #1
    Shelburne Museum
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    #1 in Burlington, VT
    Museums
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
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    Museums
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
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    From weathervanes, quilts and American art to transplanted 1950s era homes, a railroad station and a fully outfitted steamboat, the Shelburne Museum really does have a little of everything on display. Nearly 40 buildings, filled with various exhibits, span the museum's 45 acres. There's even a respectable collection of impressionist

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  • #2
    Magic Hat Brewing Company
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    #2 in Burlington, VT
    Wineries/Breweries, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Wineries/Breweries, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    As one of Burlington's top-rated factory tours, the Magic Hat Brewing Company is a must-see (for anyone 21 and older that is). The Victorian-Gothic circus-themed decor and seriously unconventional atmosphere sets it apart as one of the most eclectic breweries around. Be sure to secure a designated driver; there's a

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  • #3
    Church Street Marketplace
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    #3 in Burlington, VT
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Church Street Marketplace is the place to be in Burlington: a car-free walkway buzzing with the town's offbeat vibe. Explore the hip shops along the stretch, or take a seat at one of the many open-air cafes and watch the funky street performers nearby.

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  • #4
    Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
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    #4 in Burlington, VT
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    When you're in the mood for a show, look no further than the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Reopened in the 1980s, the Flynn serves as the cultural pulse of Burlington, showcasing everything from a live ballet performance one night to a mariachi band the next. Visitors appreciate the

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  • #5
    Waterfront
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    #5 in Burlington, VT
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Right off of the city's Main Street, the Waterfront neighborhood is a lovely place to spend the afternoon with the kids or your sweetheart. Explore the local ecosystem at theECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, take a ride on Burlington's scenic bike path or lay out a picnic spread in

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  • #6
    Ethan Allen Homestead
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    #6 in Burlington, VT
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    As the former home to one of Vermont's more eccentric founding fathers, the Ethan Allen Homestead is a must visit for any history buff. This 1787 farmhouse, located along the Winooski River, displays artifacts narrating Allen's command of the ragtag Revolutionary War militia, the Green Mountain Boys. But it's also

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  • #7
    ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
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    #7 in Burlington, VT
    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Nestled in the heart of the bustlingWaterfrontneighborhood, the ECHO makes an attractive pit stop for lots of young families. Its marine-focused children's museum is full of hands-on exhibits like the saltwater petting tank and ever-popular FrogWorld. Visitors note that the aquarium is much smaller than expected but still worth visiting

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  • #8
    Green Mountain Audubon Center
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    #8 in Burlington, VT
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located approximately 19 miles southeast of downtown Burlington, the Green Mountain Audubon Center is a must-see for birding enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The 255 acres have varied habitats full of diverse wildlife populations, which can be discovered via 5 miles of nature trails. (First-time visitors should stop by the

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