Must See Attractions in Burlington, VT

Burlington is one of those cities that will surprise you. Situated right on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain; this small college town features quirky museums, a downtown with unique shops and stores and plenty of great places to eat and drink. It’s also a year-round destination thanks to its proximity to the nearby Green Mountains, where hiking and some of the most popular skiing spots on the East Coast of the United States are located. So should you find yourself visiting Vermont, be sure to stop by one of these must see attractions in Burlington.

Must See Attractions in Burlington, VT

Shelbourne Museum

Must See Attractions in Burlington, Lake Steamer at the Shelbourne Museum
Lake Steamer at the Shelbourne

Located just seven miles south of Burlington is Shelbourne Museum, a large, open-air museum that showcases the story of Vermont’s history. The museum includes 39 historic buildings such as houses from the 18th and 19th century, barns, and a lake steamer that was transported by rail and restored on site. There’s also a very good collection of decorative arts and paintings and folk art in each of the exhibits. Shelbourne Museum is one of the must see attractions in Burlington; considered by those in the art world as one of the best American museums in the United States.

Address: 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelbourne, VT 05482

Hours: Everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May to October

Admission: Starts from $7 for VT residents; $24 for non-resident adults

Lake Champlain

Must See Attractions in Burlington,Cycling on Lake Champlain Islands
Cycling on Lake Champlain Islands

It’s impossible to miss Lake Champlain, the city’s jewel and one of the must see attractions in Burlington. Stretching over 100 miles and encompassing both the states of New York and Vermont, this natural freshwater lake provides visitors staying in Burlington plenty to keep themselves occupied for days. Take in a sunset cruise or combined sightseeing and dinner cruise to get some of the best views of the city and the surrounding mountains. There are also plenty of water-related sports activities such as stand up paddle boarding, jet skiing and canoeing. Finally, explore one of the Lake Champlain Islands, popular with cyclists and wine lovers.

Church Street Marketplace

Must See Attractions in Burlington,Street Art on Church Street Marketplace
Street Art on Church Street Marketplace

Last but not least, Church Street Marketplace, the main thoroughfare in the city reserved only for pedestrians, definitely deserves a spot in your must see attractions in Burlington list. Filled with stores and shops you won’t likely find anywhere else, Church Street Marketplace is also a haven for art lovers and foodies. Make sure to check out their calendar of events to keep up with daily events and happenings.

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Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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    […] college town located on the east side of Lake Champlain, Burlington surprises in a good way. The city traces its roots all the way back to the 18th century; when the […]

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    Are there two museums about Lake Champlain? One on mainland and one on island?


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