Burlington, VT Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Burlington, VT

If you have extra time, Waterfront is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Burlington, VT
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    #2 in Burlington, VT
    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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 fully stocked bar waiting for you at the end of your visit, complete with limitless, free tastings of the featured beers on tap. Recent visitors rave about the informative tour, ample samples and friendly bartenders at this Burlington staple.

    Guided tours are offered year-round in the afternoons, but you can always take a self-guided tour during factory hours. The best part is that both iterations of the tour are free and include complimentary beer tastings. For more information on hours and to learn what's currently on tap, check out Magic Hat's website

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    Church Street Marketplace
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    #3 in Burlington, VT
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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.

    Recent visitors enjoyed how much there was to do in the marketplace. Many said they spent hours visiting the various shops and restaurants.

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    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
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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 the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, take a ride on Burlington's scenic bike path or lay out a picnic spread in Waterfront Park. If you do decide to grab a bite by Lake Champlain's Waterfront, bring your own goodies: the food stalls are a bit limited when it comes to dining options.  

    Make sure on your stroll through the Waterfront to stop and take a seat on the long bench swings. Visitors particularly rave about the breathtaking view at sunset.

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    Green Mountain Audubon Center
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    #8 in Burlington, VT
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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 Education Barn on Sherman Hollow Road to grab a map).

    The center's trails are open year-round from dawn to dusk, but the Education Barn is only open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entrance to the grounds is free, but donations are appreciated from individual visitors. Also, larger groups are urged to call ahead, especially in the popular spring and summer months. For more information on programs and special events, visit the Audubon's website

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