Looking for the best things to do in Burlington, VT? Look no further! Whether you're a visitor or a local, Burlington offers exciting activities that will take your experience to the next level. From exploring the iconic Church Street Marketplace to enjoying the majestic views of Lake Champlain, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Burlington that you won't want to miss!

Church Street has long been a bustling thoroughfare in the heart of Burlington, VT, where the vibrant pulse of the city can always be felt. However, its true transformation came with the birth of the Church Street Marketplace. What was once a busy part of town has now become an extraordinary destination that epitomizes the spirit of community and commerce. Today, the Church Street Marketplace is a symbol of Burlington and a tapestry of local shops, enticing restaurants, and eclectic boutiques, each offering a unique slice of Burlington's rich culture and artistic flair.

Vermont is home to the nation's “Sixth” great lake, Lake Champlain. Stretching over 120 miles long and 13-miles at its widest point, this majestic body of water is as historical as it is beautiful.  Situated between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont,  Lake Champlain is a prized possession for Vermonters and New Yorkers alike. Providing recreational opportunities year round, from swimming, boating, and fishing to ice skating, and a number of other winter activities.

Vermont's economy and culture are deeply intertwined with agriculture. As one of the most rural states in the country, Vermont's landscape is adorned with farmland, orchards, and sugarbush, making it a popular destination for agritourism. Whether you're a resident or visitor, you can experience open agriculture by visiting farms that have been passed down through multiple generations or newer operations that are just getting started. From apple picking on a crisp fall day to exploring the children's farmyard at Shelburne Farms, there's something for everyone. Don't forget to add maple sugaring, the process of making syrup, to your bucket list of must-try Vermont experiences.

The land of Ben & Jerry’s has been thinking differently about ice cream since well before, well, Ben & Jerry’s. The “creemee” is Vermont’s version of soft-serve that often combines our two best agricultural products, dairy and maple, to create the most iconic symbol of summer around. You’ll also find artisans that create delightful gelato, hard ice cream with ingredients right off the farm, and vegan ice cream that will knock your socks off. Take a look through some of the options below to find the perfect scoop or swirl for you.

Let’s be honest. A town the size of Burlington has no right to a music scene this good. Sure, we got lucky being a stop for tours traveling between NYC, Boston, and Montreal, but we’ve made the most of it, with events and venues that feature great local, regional, and national acts all year long. Larger venues around the region include the Champlain Valley Exposition, the Flynn Theater, The Double E Performing Arts Center, and Higher Ground Ballroom. And you’ll always find live music throughout the bars and nightclubs downtown. From country and western, to hip-hop and indy rock, these venues continue to add top-tier performers to their upcoming calendars.

Here in Greater Burlington, we have the highest concentration and some of the most sought-after craft beers in the country can be found almost anywhere, including the local pubs with karaoke nights and the date-night restaurants with expert cocktail programs. Pine street in Burlington is a great example, with 4 breweries just half a mile apart. But don’t hesitate to get off the beaten path. Fiddlehead in Shelburne is a great destination if you’re headed our for a day trip. Or, if you’re in Winooski for a show or a bite, check out Four Quarters on the oval. There’s world class beer almost everywhere you look in this town.

From natural history to modern art, there’s a lot to explore in Greater Burlington’s museums and galleries. The Shelburne Museum is truly one of a kind, featuring the world’s largest collection of American folk art as well as a fully functioning antique carousel, impressionist masterpieces, and a full-sized steamship (yes, a steamship!)

Down on the waterfront, ECHO at Leahy Center makes learning about science and nature fun the whole family. While the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum preserves the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake Champlain region.

If it’s art you’re after, The Firehouse Gallery on Church Street features alternating exhibits you can take in when strolling the marketplace. The Art Hound gallery in Essex is the state’s largest with an eclectic mix of work by a broad range of Vermont artists. 

Experience the best of Burlington with its vibrant outdoor dining scene. From charming restaurants, delightful bakeries, to cozy pubs, there's a wide array of places to eat in this city. Immerse yourself in the Burlington ambiance as sidewalks and streets transform into inviting seating areas. When it comes to waterfront dining, Burlington truly shines. Waterfront restaurants are the perfect choice for enjoying afternoon cocktails and satisfying snacks while basking in the radiant summer sun

An idyllic sanctuary for those who revel in the great outdoors. Drawing in adventurers from all corners, Burlington offers a gateway to a plethora of year-round pursuits, from carving through powdery slopes, catching the winds on a sailboat, to embarking on thrilling biking, hiking, climbing, and paddling escapades. 

Welcome to the annual events and festivals in Burlington, VT, where we march to the beat of our own drum and celebrate like nobody's business! Get ready to strap on your running shoes for the Vermont City Marathon, a thrilling and sweat-inducing race that brings together runners from across the nation every Memorial Day. But that's just the beginning, brace yourselves for the groovy and soulful Discover Jazz Music Festival, where the city comes alive with toe-tapping tunes and electrifying performances that'll make you want to boogie all night long.