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Things to do in Burlington

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Burlington. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Burlington attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Burlington to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Burlington.

  • BCA Center

    The five-story converted firehouse has rotating art exhibitions every fall. More
  • Burlington Bike Path

    Stretching from south Burlington to the Winooski River delta, this 7.6-mile recreational path is popular with joggers, bikers, and inline skaters. ... More
  • Burton Flagship Store

    Founded by Jake Burton in 1977, this namesake company is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of snowboarding equipment. This flagship store, loca... More
  • Church Street Marketplace

    While the advent of the indoor shopping mall in the 1970's meant the death of most pedestrian malls, this one—established in 1981—still buzzes with... More
  • City Market

    Burlington's only downtown grocery store, City Market is a community-owned food cooperative selling a wide range of local and organic goods, as wel... More
  • Daily Chocolate

    Pop in for a cup of hot cocoa, made with organic sugar, milk, vanilla, and a scoop of ganache. More
  • ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

    As part of the revitalization of Burlington’s waterfront, the city opened the ECHO Center in 2003 to celebrate, preserve, and promote Lake Champlai... More
  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

    Behind its iconic marquee, the city’s largest theater has served many roles since opening in 1930 as a vaudeville house. Today, the Art Deco main a... More
  • Horticultural Research Center

    At the Hort Farm (as it’s locally known), students from the University of Vermont have conducted biological research for more than 60 years. At pre... More
  • Local Motion

    The Rails-to-Trails movement of the 1990s opened miles of bike paths along the shores of Lake Champlain (and sometimes on it) and inspired the non-... More
  • Mt. Philo State Park

    Situated atop the eponymous Mt. Philo, this 168-acre park contains a small, 10-site camping area as well as an enclosed picnic pavilion that can be... More
  • Peace & Justice Store

    Located on the Burlington Bay waterfront, this unusual shop is part of the Peace & Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes human rig... More
  • Perkins Geology Museum

    A lesser-known attraction in the area, the Perkins Geology Museum is located on the campus of the University of Vermont. While school is in session... More
  • Shelburne Museum

    For many visitors, this 45-acre museum feels more like a wonderland than a museum, thanks mainly to the village-like layout that incorporates 25 hi... More
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