Named #1 Best College Town by Travel & Leisure, Burlington has something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to local produce to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory.
Burlington’s Great Outdoors
It’s no secret that Vermont is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Facing Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, Burlington offers many different ways to get outside and enjoy the Vermont summer weather.
The Waterfront Park is one of the most popular spots in Burlington to catch the sunset over the mountains. Located on the bike path, this is a great place to go for a stroll, sit by the water, or bring a picnic and spend the afternoon in the sunshine.
You can also take advantage of the Greenride Bikeshare initiative to rent a bike for a few hours. Simply download the app and unlock your bike from one of the docks around town, including one located on the Champlain campus. Bonus tip: Champlain College students are automatically eligible for a discounted annual membership!
Want to get out of the city for the day? Mount Philo is an easy hike 20 minutes out of town, and offers a breathtaking view of the Champlain Valley from the top. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, Camel’s Hump, located 45 minutes away, is one of the highest summits in Vermont and has a great view of Lake Champlain.
A Foodie’s Paradise
Shelburne Farms is a historic working farm and environmental center located in Shelburne, VT, about 20 minutes outside of Burlington. The farm has year-round events for the whole family, and is focused on sustainability and education. It was among the first to implement a farm-to-table menu in Vermont at The Inn & Restaurant, where you can make a reservation to taste their fresh products including cheeses, vegetables, and meats. Their Sunday brunch is the perfect way to experience everything the farm has to offer.
If you have a sweet tooth and are craving a piece of local history, look no further than the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour. Only 30 minutes from Burlington, the Ben & Jerry’s Factory offers daily tours and the chance to visit the Flavor Graveyard, as well as their gift shop and the ice cream stand.
One Vermont staple you cannot miss is the legendary maple creemee. Known as soft-serve everywhere else, this local speciality is made with milk from Vermont dairy farms and, of course, maple syrup. Join the hunt for the perfect maple creemee by starting on the waterfront at the Burlington Bay Market & Cafe and enjoying your treat with a lake view.
If you spend just five minutes on Church Street, you will notice an abundance of independent coffee shops. Each has their own personality, from the earthy Muddy Waters to the galactic Cosmic Grind to the bustling Uncommon Grounds, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. Church Street is also home to a variety of local shops including Quarterstaff Gamesand Earth Prime Comics, Maven Skate Shop, and the Crow Bookshop.
Explore Community Events
The Burlington Farmers’ Market is a weekly event that takes place every Saturday morning from May to October and brings together over 90 local vendors, artists, and farmers. The community gathers for fresh farm produce and flowers, local craft beers, and to-go treats such as samosas, scallion pancakes, and maple lemonade. This summer the market has been temporarily moved to Pine Street and is able to welcome even more vendors.
Every Wednesday and Friday this summer at 12:30 on Lower Church Street, Burlington City Arts puts on the free Summer Concert Series. Featuring local bands and new artists, this is a great opportunity to discover some new music and gather to enjoy the sunshine.
Another Burlington City Arts initiative is the Artists’ Market, where local artists and artisans display their work in City Hall Park every Saturday morning from May to October. Pick up some unique, hand-crafted jewelry, stoneware, or paintings and support local artists.
Experience Life as a Local
As a member of the Champlain College community you are also a member of the Burlington community. A campus visit would be incomplete without experiencing life as a local. From discovering a favorite coffee shop to hitting the trails to shopping at the Farmers’ Market, there are so many opportunities to discover what makes Burlington such an incredible place to live and study.
Want to experience Burlington for yourself? Join us for one of our virtual Open Houses and see what all the hype is about! If you can’t make it to the Open House, you can book an Information Session and Virtual Tour and check out everything Burlington has to offer.