Burlington

Things to do in Burlington

Find out what’s underwater at this interactive science museum; there are more than 70 species featured in ever-changing exhibits. It also hosts an adult-friendly cocktail party called ECHO After Dark on the second Thursday of every month.

Founded by Jake Burton in 1977, this namesake company is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of snowboarding equipment. This flagship store, located near the factory in Burlington, carries an assortment of equipment and gear for winter sports enthusiasts.

Behind its iconic marquee, the city’s largest theater has served many roles since opening in 1930 as a vaudeville house.

Located on the Burlington Bay waterfront, this unusual shop is part of the Peace & Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes human rights, racial justice, and economic equality.

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 present, the 97-acre facility hosts experimental apple orchards, grape vines, ornamental shrubbery, flower gardens, and a bat house.

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 rented for special events.

As part of the revitalization of Burlington’s waterfront, the city opened the ECHO Center in 2003 to celebrate, preserve, and promote Lake Champlain.

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

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-profit advocacy group Local Motion to promote community health via “people-powered” transportation.

A lesser-known attraction in the area, the Perkins Geology Museum is located on the campus of the University of Vermont.

The five-story converted firehouse has rotating art exhibitions every fall.

More than anything, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters wants to get people moving — either paddling on Vermont’s rivers and lakes in the summer or gliding through the winter snow on skis, snowshoes, or dog sleds.

Pop in for a cup of hot cocoa, made with organic sugar, milk, vanilla, and a scoop of ganache.

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 activity.