Five Best Things to Do in Burlington, Vermont
By: Gray Cargill
My first piece of advice is usually to travel to Burlington during spring, summer and fall. Burlington is really at its most beautiful--and liveliest--during those seasons. Once you're here, the following five items are what I consider "must dos".
1. Spend some time on the Church Street Marketplace
The four block section of Church Street from Main Street to Pearl Street is a pedestrian marketplace with restaurants, coffee shops and--what else?-- shopping, of course! It's also home to the best people-watching in town--especially on the weekends. Here, you'll see street musicians and other buskers, artists, food carts, people walking their dogs, and if you're lucky, a parade or free concert.
2. Get moving
Burlington's picturesque and convenient location on Lake Champlain is one of its greatest assets and provides ample opportunities for active travelers to enjoy Vermont's great outdoors. Walk, bike, or rollerblade along the scenic Waterfront bike path that runs along the edge of Lake Champlain. This path is over 7 miles long, from Oakledge Park in the south end of Burlington, all the way north to the Winooski River. Stop and go for a swim at Oakledge or North Beach. Or rent a kayak to explore the shore line from the lake. If you prefer a less active vacation, take a scenic ferry cruise across the Lake to New York State and back.
3. Indulge your inner foodie
Check out the popular Saturday morning Farmers Market (weekly in City Hall Park from May through October). Grab lunch there or get a crepe at the Skinny Pancake stand on the Marketplace, followed by an ice cream at the Ben & Jerry's scoop shop on the top block of Church Street. (Burlington is where Ben & Jerry's got its start, after all.) For dinner, I recommend the Farm House Tap and Grill, A Single Pebble (Asian), American Flatbread, or one of our other Vermont Fresh Network member restaurants that buy and serve locally-grown produce and meat.
4. Catch a show at the Flynn performing arts center, which offers a broad selection of music, dance and theatrical performances every month
I've seen some terrific concerts here, such as the Cowboy Junkies and Suzanne Vega, as well as Broadway touring shows like CATS and Rent. Our local acting troupe, the Lyric Theater, also puts on some very good shows. (Their version of The Full Monty was every bit as good as the Broadway touring company that had come through town a few years before.)
5. Watch the sun set over Lake Champlain
Park yourself on a bench at Perkins Pier or along the boardwalk in Waterfront Park. Feel time slow down as you watch the sky's pinkish hues darken over the purple Adirondacks on the other side of the lake.
About the blogger:
Gray has traveled to five countries and 16-plus U.S. states and have made numerous solo trips.
She created Solo Friendly so she could share her experiences on the road and what she has learned during her solo travels, provide useful links to online travel resources.You might want to check out The Vegas Solo, her other website about solo travel to Las Vegas.
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