Burlington Travel Guide & Information

Burlington, Vermont, adjacent to the scenic shores of Lake Champlain, this city is everything but quaint, from its historic buildings, iconic museums and beautiful landmarks. Located in the Northwest corner of Vermont, this city offers a plethora of outdoor activities like great winter sports – such as skiing or snowboarding – and great summer time activities – such as kayaking or fishing.

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Nestle in this idyllic country side city in the midst of majestic landmarks such as the serene Champlain Lake, the mystical Green Mountains, the majestic Champlain Valley and many more.

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Things to do in Burlington

Daytime Attractions:

Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory: Have you ever dreamed of entering the world of Willy Wonka as Charlie did? Well, Lake Champlain Chocolate offers you that very same opportunity at its chocolate factory. Take a teasing whiff of the chocolate scent that nestles against the insides of your nostrils while witnessing chocolate made before your eyes. Indulge yourself in this world of sweet love; try the many free samples of the freshly made chocolate; and cherish the smooth texture as it gently melts inside your mouth.

General Admission for Tours: FREE [Monday – Friday (9am – 2pm)].

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Address: 750 Pine Street.

Contact Information: 1-802-864-1807

Lake Champlain Shoreline Cruise: Hop aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III for a Scenic Narrated Cruise in Lake Champlain where you’ll have the opportunity to witness breathtaking views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks. Aside from the Scenic Narrated Cruise, the Spirit of Ethan Allen III also offers a Lunch-On-The-Lake Cruise, Caribbean Fun Dinner Cruise, Sunset Cruise and many more styles of cruising through the lake [prices may vary].

General Fee for Scenic Narrated Cruise: Adults ($14.99) & Kids [3-11]($5.89).

Address: 348 Flynn Avenue.

Contact Information: 1-802-862-8300

Restaurants:

Taste of Burlington: This casual and tasty restaurant – located in downtown Burlington – under the direction of Chef Rick Benson (a distinguished artist), specializes in American and New American cuisine with exquisite entrees such as the Mediterranean Chicken with Soft Polenta and Tomato Olive Relish. Dine at this fine restaurant while enjoying the fascinating artwork of Chef Rick Benson!

Address: 112 Lake Street.

Contact Information: 1-802-658-4844

Penny Cluse Cafe: This chic and eclectic Southwestern-themed restaurant located in downtown Burlington is beyond phenomenal. It specializes in American and Southwestern cuisine. Start out with a Pineapple-Mango Smoothie Blended with Coconut Milk and Ice; follow up with a Smoked Salmon Plate with Red Onions, Capers, Sliced Tomatoes, Grilled Baguette and Chevre; and finish off with a nice cup of Hot Chocolate!

Address: 169 Cherry Street.

Contact Information: 1-802-651-8834

Nighttime Attraction:

Vermont Pub and Brewery: This 1988 pub & brewery, located in downtown Burlington, specializes in brewing exquisite ales and lagers. Here is a fun fact for all you ale and lager’s lovers, Vermont Pub and Brewery has been opened for almost 20 years and it’s the oldest brewpub on the east coast! So come and find out what makes Vermont Pub and Brewery’s legacy so legendary!

Address: 144 College Street.

Contact Information: 1-802-865-0500

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Where to Stay in Burlington

Hilton Burlington: Starting at $139.95 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this waterfront paradise hotel is everything from chic and stylish to elegant and sophisticated! Adjacent to Lake Champlain, this hotel offers tranquility and panoramic views of this serene lake. Its amenities feature a business center, a fitness room, a pool and many more. What makes this hotel ideal is its convenient location to most of Vermont’s favorite attractions such as Ben & Jerry’s, ECHO Lake Aquarium, Shelburne Museum and many more.

Address: 60 Battery Street.

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Contact Information: 1-802-658-6500

Sheraton Burlington: Starting at $143.20 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel, located a short distance from downtown Burlington and an hour drive from the major ski attractions, is the largest hotel and conference center in Vermont. After all, the elegant layout and sophisticated décor of this grand hotel will leave you flabbergasted – from its beautiful indoor hotel to its awesome Club Lounge. Its amenities feature a game room, a gift shop, an indoor heated pool, a fitness facility and many more.

Address: 870 Williston Road.

Contact Information: 1-802-865-6600

Holiday Inn Burlington: Starting at $88.99 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel located in the heart of Vermont’s Champlain Valley minutes away from Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains – truly a wonderland for the nature lover. It is by many favorite local attractions such as the University Mall, Church Street Marketplace, ECHO Lake Aquarium, Science Center, Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory and many more. Its amenities feature a 24-hr shuttle bus to Burlington International Airport, an indoor/outdoor pool, a business center, a fitness center, high-speed internet and many more.

Address: 1068 Williston Road

Contact Information: 1-802-8636363

Anchorage Inn: Starting at $50.95-$97.95 for a standard room [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel is adjacent to downtown Burlington and only minutes away from Church Street Marketplace! Enjoy a pleasant stay at the Anchorage Inn featuring amenities such as an indoor heated pool, a whirlpool, free cable TV, complimentary breakfast buffet, free high-speed internet and many more.

Address: 108 Dorset Street.

Contact Information: 1-802-863-7000

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Passport & Visa Requirements (this is only for the states of the US)

For US Citizens:

Any sort of valid identification (Identification card) in order to board the plane. Note, passport is not needed if you have an identification card to show.

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For Non-US Citizens:

* Passport will be needed

* Non-immigrant visa for temporary stay must be obtained showing your purpose to U.S.

For Canadians: (just one will be needed)

* Passport will be needed

* Nexus Card

We strongly recommend you to check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Burlington

The best time to go visit Burlington is during the winter season (peak season) when the winter sport enthusiasts flock to the snow-cushioned mountain sides. However, the flights and hotels tend to be more expensive during this period. If you’re looking for cheap flights and cheap hotels, the best time to go would be during the spring season when there is less tourist flocking the streets of Burlington.

Generally speaking, there is no off-peak season in Burlington. Fall colors turn Burlington into a picturesque canvas, winter in Burlington is a winter wonderland, spring in Burlington is blooming with flowers and greens, and Burlington’s summer always makes this city a desired escape.

Burlington Weather

Average Annual Temperature: 44.6 Degrees

Average Max Temperature: 54 Degrees

Average Min. Temperature: 35.2 Degrees

December - February: 19.2 Degrees

March - May: 43.6 Degrees

June - August: 67.8 Degrees

September – November: 47.8 Degrees

Currency and Language:

Language

The main language spoken in Burlington is English.

Other languages:

* Spanish (1.6%)