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Burlington Area Guides: Hotels | Restaurants | Shopping

Burlington, Vermont is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, just 45 miles south of the US-Canadian border. Burlington is the largest city in Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the metro area of Burlington housed approximately one third of Vermont's total population.

With the University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington College, and Champlain College all located in Burlington, visitors can really enjoy college-town sophistication with idyllic rural beauty. Whether you're visiting for a day or a week, or planning to live in Vermont, Burlington has a little something for everyone.

Hotels in Burlington and Dining in Burlington

Burlington has a wide variety of choices for your vacation in Vermont, from luxury Burlington VT hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts in Burlington. There are also many wonderful restaurants in Burlington, from fine dining to small cafes to family restaurants. Checkout our Burlington Dining Guide for some great suggestions. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, you'll enjoy your stay in beautiful Burlington, Vermont.

Burlington Weddings and Conferences in Burlington

If you're planning an event in Vermont, Burlington has a lot to offer. The city's breathtaking scenery makes a destination wedding in Burlington VT an ideal choice, and the many amenities allow for Burlington Conferences of various sizes. Whether you're looking for a reception hall or a conference room, you'll find the perfect location to host your events in Burlington Vermont.

Burlington Real Estate

If you can't get enough of the Lake Champlain Valley, Burlington VT real estate may be just what you're looking for. The city has a reputation as a safe and favorable place to live, with quality schools, health care and overall cleanliness.

In 2006, Men's Health Magazine rated Burlington as the ninth-best city to live in, according to health, quality of life, and fitness. In 2009, Children's Health Magazine rated Burlington as the best city in the country to raise a family. And according to an article in the Burlington Free Press, Burlington had the 6th lowest unemployment rate of all metro areas in 2011 at just 4.8%.

Things to do in Burlington

There are many fun things to do in Burlington and the surrounding Lake Champlain Valley area. The lake itself provides many opportunities for summer fun in Burlington, in addition to Burlington's waterfront parks. Winter fun can be found just a short drive away at nearby Bolton Valley Resort (45 minutes east), and Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers Notch Resort are both only about an hour away!

Shopping in Burlington Vermont

Burlington Shopping is a favorite past time for visitors and locals alike. Forbes Magazine featured Burlington as one of the "prettiest" towns in America in 2010, mentioning the popular Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall in downtown Burlington. "Burlington has it all," says Sarah Tuff Dunn, co-author of 101 Best Outdoor Towns. Dunn says the town's charms include "a brick pedestrian marketplace,vVermont's iconic white steeples and rolling hills that spill down toward a lively,vgreen waterfront on Lake Champlain." (Forbes Magazine)

As you can tell, no trip to Vermont is complete without a visit to Burlington.

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The Essex - Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Burlington, VT - The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is a celebration combining incredible local talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe. This 10-day event has become a tradition, a chance for the community to revel in jazz’s spectrum of different forms and an opportunity for fans to learn from and meet the world-renowned artists who have inspired them for years. The 2016 Festival is June 3rd thru June 12th - See You There!
Shelburne Camping - Your Vermont Destination
Shelburne, VT - Camping is one of the most economical ways for a family to spend vacation time together. If it's relaxation and peacefulness that you crave, Shelburne Camping Area is the place to be. Your family and friends will be pleasantly surprised that such a great vacation spot is near.
Basin Harbor Club - On Lake Champlain, Vermont
Vergennes, VT - There is no other place like Basin Harbor for a celebration, whether you are just beginning your life together or gathering generations together for a family reunion. After all, families have been marking their special occasions with us since 1886. The stunning panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the natural beauty of our gardens supply the perfect setting.
Comfort Inn & Suites Burlington, Vermont
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Quick Facts About Burlington

County: Chittenden
Lat / Long: 44.48 N / 73.22 W
Zip(s): 05401, 05402, 05405, 05406
Incorporated: 1865
Population (2010): 42,417
Elevation: 113 feet | Land Area: 10.6 miles
Town Clerk: 802-865-7000
Nicknames: The Queen City
Major Hospitals: Fletcher Allen Hospital
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport
Amtrak Stations: Burlington-Essex Junction
Colleges/Universities: University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington College, Burlington Technical Center, Champlain College, Woodbury Institute at Champlain College
Tourist Attractions: The Burlington Waterfront, The Arena Ice Skating Rink in Leddy Park, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Church Street Marketplace, Champlain Ferries. Nearby: Shelburne Museum, and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory are only about 15 minutes south of Burlington.

Birthplace of: John Dewey (1859-1952), philosopher; Ralph Abraham (born 1936), mathematician.

Fun Fact: Burlington Vermont was a filming location for the movies Me, Myself & Irene (2000) and What Lies Beneath (2000).


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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 4: Lake Champlain Valley | Colchester (2.0 miles NNE) | Winooski (1.5 miles NE) | South Burlington (1.7 miles SE) | Lake Champlain

Vermont Events in August

Pandas: The Journey Home in 3D 4/16/16 - 9/2/16

Nation Geographic’s “Pandas: The Journey Home” opens in 3D at the Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience on April 16. Filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China to bring to light the extraordinary efforts of the Chinese to secure the panda’s future in the wild. Meet the center’s pandas as they get ready for their new lives all over the world, and learn about their fascinating habits and hilarious hijinks.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action 5/28/16 - 9/11/16

This action-packed exhibit created by the Minnesota Children's Museum will give your mind AND body a workout. Just in time for the 2016 Olympics, train like an action star and use the adventure scenes to get moving! Some features you'll experience: Balance: Surf/Snow • Choose one of the four balance boards and see how long you can stay on for the ride. Can you make it down a snow slope, through the air, into the ocean and onto shore without losing your balance? Which board was the easiest/most difficult to maintain your balance? Strength: Climbing Canyon • Use your hands and feet to make your way across a horizontal climbing wall. Choose from four paths: Toddler Trail, Rugged Ridge and Extreme Expanse to find the hidden treasure. Coordination: Kung Fu Forest • Try the three animal stances: rooster, snake, tiger in the bamboo forest. Once you have learned all three, combine them into a flow of action. Endurance: Flycycle Sky • Ride a bicycle with wings and see how far you can go in two minutes. Can you light up all the stars in the sky? Action Star Training • Yoga Station: Balance on one foot in the tree pose. Try and stretch into cat, cow, bridge and dog pose. Strength Center • Lift, hold and pull your own weight at the monkey bars. Build your leg strength while you push your feet into the leg press. Develop upper-body strength with the rower. Test how many chin-ups you are able to do at the chin-up bar. Dance Club • Choose dance moves and music, follow the dancer on the screen or go freestyle. Put your finger in the pulse monitor. Will dancing increase your heart rate?

Summer Programming at ECHO 6/18/16 - 9/4/16

Each summer day at ECHO brings new possibilities. Guests might create gargantuan bubbles. They might leave (voluntarily) covered in slime. They might be tasked with using their STEM know-how to save turtles in Lake Champlain, or to levitate magnets in order to help sailboats reach their destinations. No matter what is going on it will be fun, it will be exciting, and it will be a different experience each time you visit.

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