The beautiful city of Burlington, Vermont is a paradise for outdoorsy types but has a little bit of something for everyone. Check out some of the places you simply must see when you visit this quintessential and charming New England city.
Any time of year, the Greenway is a favorite spot for walkers, runners, and bikers. It boasts eight miles of paved paths with plenty of room on the shoulder. The Greenway runs from the city’s Oakledge Park to the Winooski River, offering plenty of natural beauty along the way.
The veritable hub of the city, this open-air pedestrian mall is where locals and visitors alike head to shop, dine and gather. Shop ’til you drop at stores like Crow Book Shop, Free People, and Whim Boutique. When you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at Red Onion, Pascolo Ristorante, E.B. Strong’s Prime Steakhouse or Asiana Noodle Shop. Whatever you do, save room for a couple of scoops of Cherry Garcia or Phish Food from VT’s own Ben and Jerry.
Dig into a big slice of Americana at this popular museum that focuses on relics of the past, housing more than 150,000 pieces throughout 39 buildings. It was opened in 1947, and the collection includes paintings, textiles, vehicles, and more. The museum also hosts rotating exhibits, unique events, and activities that cater to visitors of all ages.
Craft beer lovers will dig this quirky and creative brewery that’s been in business since 1994. Take a guided tour or explore the “Artifactory” for yourself from Thursdays through Sundays. You can also just sit, sip, and snack in the taproom—it’s the perfect spot to socialize.
Didn’t get your fill at the Shelburne Museum? You’ll find even more Vermont history to enjoy at the home of the state’s founder, which was built in 1787. You can take a tour through the home and learn how Allen and his family lived on the Vermont frontier. It’s open seven days a week. Pick up a souvenir in the gift shop before you go.
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