For a small city, Burlington packs a wallop. We’re known as an outdoor destination, but don’t forget about some of our old-fashioned “tourist attractions” if you’re visiting (or even if you live here!)
The Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington is just one piece of the region’s Revolutionary War history. That conflict’s first naval battles were fought right on Lake Champlain, back when Benedict Arnold was one of the good guys. If you love the lake, but want to skip the cannonballs, take a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen which will give you one of the best sunset views you can find anywhere. And stop in at ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a family-friendly museum highlighting the region’s natural history. Not to be missed, take an afternoon and head south to the Shelburne Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of American folk art. It’s also home to a steamship,1,400 wildfowl decoys, and several masterworks of French Impressionism. Believe us, it is worth the trip.