Local Hikes & Trails

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couple hiking in the woodsBurlington, Vermont, offers a number of free hiking opportunities. Starting with Red Rocks Park, and its rugged beauty and sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain, Red Rocks provides hikers with well-maintained trails and stunning sunset views without any entrance fees. For those seeking a more urban experience, the Intervale Center provides a unique blend of nature and agriculture. Stroll through its scenic trails, breathe in the fresh air, and admire the vibrant farmlands. Anther great option is Colchester Pond offering a tranquil haven just minutes from downtown Burlington. Hang out along the pond's waters or hike along the wooded trails, all while not spending a dime. 

Shelburne Farms

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Shelburne FarmsThis historic farm is the perfect experience for visitors of all ages. The beautiful estate features stunning landscapes, magnificent gardens, and a working farm where you can interact with a variety of local farm animals. Shelburne Farms is committed to environmental conservation and sustainable practices, making it a hub for education and learning about ecological stewardship. Whether you're interested in a stroll through scenic pastures, engaging in farm-to-table experiences, or participating in hands-on workshops, Shelburne Farms offers a true Vermont experience for those looking to get outside and enjoy the local heritage. 

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Intervale Center

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Intervale

If you're seeking a wonderful and cost-free experience in Burlington, look no further than the Intervale Center. This community resource offers a range of activities at no cost, making it a perfect destination for budget-conscious adventurers. Situated along the Winooski River, the Intervale Center provides free access to its extensive network of trails and natural areas, ideal for walking, jogging, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Additionally, the center often hosts free community events, workshops, and educational programs, where visitors can learn about sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and environmental conservation.

 

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Ethan Allen Park

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Ethan Allen Tower

Ethan Allen Park is an absolute must-visit destination for those looking for an outdoor adventure in Burlington. Positioned amidst lush forests of the North End, this park offers a serene and picturesque escape from the bustle of the city. With its well-maintained trails, visitors can embark on scenic hikes that lead to breathtaking views over Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Beyond its natural beauty, Ethan Allen Park holds historical significance as it is home to the iconic Ethan Allen Tower, a stone structure honoring the state's founding hero. Taking the stairs to the top of the tower offers visitors a unique opportunity to soak in the region's rich history and enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. 

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The Church Street Marketplace

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Church Street busy in the summer months, people walking and eating

Begin your Burlington exploration at the iconic Church Street Marketplace. This pedestrian-only street is a hub of downtown  activity, featuring local shops, boutiques, delicious restaurants, and talented street performers. Take yourself on a gander down Church Street and do some window shopping or people watching. A great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air all without spending a dollar!

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Burlington Bike Path

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Aerial of the bike path

Rent a bike or take a leisurely stroll along the Burlington Bike Path, a unique path that winds along the shores of Lake Champlain connecting Oakledge Park to North Beach and beyond. Pull off along the path and take in the breathtaking views of the lake, mountains, and the cityscape. The bike path offers a wonderful way to connect with nature and explore the region on two-wheels.

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Local Swimming Holes

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Swimming Holes - Red Mill Jericho

Swimming holes are a right of passage in Vermont. Some are discussed openly, while others remain a hidden secret. Discovering your own swimming hole can be one of the most rewarding aspects of exploring Vermont in the summertime. Set off along one of the many local rivers or streams and keep a look out for deep(ish) water. We urge you to be careful and check on local weather conditions. Small streams can rise quickly during heavy storms and can be dangerous to those nearby. 

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Oakledge Park

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Oakledge Park

 

Now check out Oakledge Park, a picturesque waterfront park that boasts sandy beaches, a rocky shoreline, lush green space, and captivating lake views. Post up on the shores, take a refreshing swim in the lake, or enjoy a delightful picnic in the park. Pro Tip: Swing by City Market on your way in and grab a sandwich and a kombucha or whatever you'd like to drink. 

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South End Art Hop

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South End Art HopIf you're fortunate enough to visit Burlington in September, don't miss the South End Art Hop—an annual event that celebrates the city's vibrant arts scene. Witness local artists opening their studios to the public, showcasing their talent and creativity. Burlington's South End will ignite in a world of art, culture and heritage. Come explore the specialties of Burlington all in one. 

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Waterfront Park

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kids playing volleyball at waterfront park, jumping high and spreading joy

Located along the downtown shores of Lake Champlain, Waterfront Park is a local favorite and a must-visit. Take a leisurely stroll along the Burlington Bike Path or enjoy a peaceful picnic with the lake at your feet, or catch one of the many concerts or events frequently held here during the summer months. Let the beauty of the lake and the refreshing breeze remind you why Burlington is so special.

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