The liberal city of Burlington is the largest in the state of Vermont, inhabiting more than 40,000 residents. Hailed one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, Burlington is also known as the place where internationally-renowned ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s was founded. The city is located on the edge of the stunning Lake Champlain; one of Burlington’s best assets. The University of Vermont is also to be found here, an institution whose quality of education is deemed to be comparable to that provided by the country’s prestigious Ivy League universities. Burlington is fortunate enough to enjoy agreeable weather all year round. Those visiting during fall are guaranteed to be impressed by the beautiful autumnal colours on display.
The city’s main attractions are accessed most easily by foot or bicycle. However, if you wish to venture into the surrounding countryside, an all-round vehicle like a hatchback is essential.
Driving in Burlington
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Important things to note
Drivers can benefit from two hours free parking in most lots around the city. On street parking is also available, however do ensure that have a valid ticket displayed, as parking fines are readily given out.
As is the case in most other cities of Burlington’s size, rush hour traffic can be manic and is largely unavoidable.
Highlights & Hotspots
With a range of fascinating exhibits by local artists, the Burlington City Arts Centre is certainly worth fitting into your schedule when visiting the city. Located in the heart of the city, the centre is within immediate reach of the Burlington’s other attractions and entry is completely free of charge.
If you’re looking for a place to keep the children entertained whilst visiting Burlington, look no further than the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Centre. Not far from Lake Champlain, the centre is educational yet entertaining, offering tours led by enthusiastic members of staff for all ages.
Belonging to the University of Vermont, the Royall Tyler Theatre is a small yet spectacular building in which students put on a number of impressive shows throughout the year. From classics like Little Women to festive family favourites ‘The Toys Take Over Christmas’, tickets are routinely available.
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, taking place on the first two weeks of June, is an event worth going to. Musicians from all over the world come to Burlington’s numerous music venues, playing in front of an appreciative and knowledgeable crowd.
Located a mere three and a half miles from the centre of Burlington and within close proximity to the Interstate 89, Burlington Airport offers flights to a number of US and Canadian destinations. Visitors from further afield will have to take a connecting flight in order to reach the airport.
If you want to go to a larger airport, the nearest major one is Montreal Dorval, which is 35 miles north of Burlington.