The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, which can only mean one thing — summer is here! Excitement fills the air as Burlington comes alive with activity. This year, make the most of your summer in Vermont! Whether you are visiting for a week with your family, planning an extended vacation, or just looking for a new adventure, here are some great things to in our hometown of Burlington, Vermont.
12 things to do in Burlington this summer:
1. Take a chocolate factory tour
Want to know the sweetest way to start your summer? With chocolate! Visit the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store to take a tour and learn how the magic happens! Enjoy free samples while you watch us craft truffles, caramels, almond butter crunch and learn how chocolate is made.
2. Bike the Island Line trail
Grab your bikes enjoy one of the most scenic bike rides in Vermont! Take in the sights of beautiful Lake Champlain as you cruise the fourteen-mile long bike path known as the Island Line. (If you are feeling a little more adventuresome you can venture along the Champlain Islands and even take the ferry to NY.)
3. Spend Friday nights at the Truck Stop
A long bike ride can make you work up quite an appetite. Tantalize your taste buds with a sampling of some of Vermont's finest food trucks. Head to Artsriot where you'll discover a plethora of food trucks serving everything from eclectic burgers, divine dumplings, scrumptious Banh Mi and more. Every Friday, rain or shine.
4. Peruse the Burlington Farmer’s Market
Searching for the quintessential Vermont weekend activity? Look no further than Saturday mornings at the Burlington Farmer's Market. Grab a basket and stroll City Hall park to stock up on local fruits, veggies, cheeses, baked goods, and so much more. It doesn't get any fresher than this. (We suggest going early to get the best pick.)
5. Shop the Church Street Marketplace
After you are done perusing the Burlington Farmer's Market, head on over to the Church Street Marketplace. This open-air marketplace offers something for everyone. Watch local chocolatiers hand whip copper kettle fudge, savor a farm-to-table meal at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill, watch a street performance by a local artist, or shop the boutiques for great Vermont-made gifts to bring home to friends.
6. Catch a Lake Monster's game
No Summer experience would be complete without America's favorite pastime. Bring the whole family to cheer on Vermont's very own minor-league baseball team, the Lake Monsters. While you are there, join the CHAMP kids club, revel in the festivities that the historic Centennial Field has to offer, and even catch a glimpse of the elusive Champ himself.
7. Learn at Summervale
Are you interested in learning more about local food? Then Summervale is the event for you. Join Slow Food Vermont to learn about taste education. Get useful kitchen tips and recipes, like how to make your own frozen yogurt and salad dressing, with City Market. Or get hands-on with the kids as they learn how to plant their own seeds or create their own fruit and veggie stamps. While you are there, be sure to grab a scoop of our homemade ice cream. This event runs every Thursday, be sure to check the schedule to find out the weekly activities.
8. Experience the Vermont Cheese Festival
Photo by Sabin Gratz
Calling all cheese lovers! The Vermont Cheesemaker's Festival is a food festival to end all food festivals in Vermont. Spend the afternoon at the beautiful Shelburne Farms sampling local food, wine, beer, and spirits. Taste over 200 farmstead cheeses and meet the artists that make them, watch a cheesemaking or cooking demo, or even learn how to pair cheese and beer! If you happen to miss out this spectacular one day event, you can always do your own Vermont cheese tour. (Just follow the cheese trail.)
9. Discover the Echo Center
Sometimes having fun means getting a little wet and messy. Learn all about the Lake Champlain basin as you explore the family-friendly Echo Center. Indulge your inquisitive side with the How People Make Things exhibit, discover the creatures that live in the lake, or get creative with their Science Loves Art activities.
10. Take a Vermont beer tour
Experience Vermont's world-class beer scene. If you can, try to contain your excitement as you hop aboard the Burlington Brew Tour bus. Then, sample your way through Vermont's scenic countryside as you venture from Citizen Cider to Zero Gravity to Fiddlehead Brewing Company and any other brewery of your choice. There are no wrong turns in this choose your own adventure.
11. Try paddleboard polo on Lake Champlain
You've probably heard of paddleboard yoga, but have you heard of paddleboard polo? It's time to test your skills! Grab your suits, a board, and some friends to enjoy an active evening on beautiful Lake Champlain playing paddleboard polo.
12. Have a relaxing evening at Shelburne Museum
Delicious food, live music, and the beautiful outdoors — it doesn't get any better than a summer concert at Shelburne Museum! Unroll that blanket, set up the picnic, and enjoy the sweet concerts on the green as you watch the sunset over Lake Champlain.
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