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Things To Do With Kids

SOEA DevynLooking for a family-friendly destination packed with outdoor activities and cultural attractions? Look no further than Burlington, Vermont. With stunning mountains and lakes, museums, and ball games, there's no shortage of fun to be had here. Take to the water and learn to sail at the Community Sailing Center or explore the sandy beaches of Lake Champlain. For a truly unforgettable experience, hop aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen for a sunset cruise.


Prefer to stay on dry land? No problem! There are plenty of bike rental options available, with kids particularly enjoying a ride to the Causeway and a trip on the Bike Ferry. Alternatively, head for the nearby Green Mountains for challenging climbs or easy hikes. And if you're interested in history and culture, be sure to check out ECHO at Leahy Center, a museum with fascinating seasonal and permanent exhibits about the Lake Champlain basin, or the Shelburne Museum, home to one of the world's most eclectic collections, including a real steamship and a historic circus carousel.


Burlington also offers some of the most engaging factory tours around, including the Vermont Teddy Bear and Burton Snowboard factories. And if you're lucky enough to time your visit right, you can catch the Festival of Fools on Church Street, which features a wide range of street performers, or explore the area's many farmers' markets or take in a game with the Lake Monsters or Vermont Green FC. With so much to see and do, Burlington is the perfect family vacation spot for all ages.

Visit a local farm

As one of the most rural states in the country, the landscape is dotted with farmland, orchards and sugarbush.