Discover Burlington with your student

10 College Street
8 minute drive
Free
enjoyburlington.com/venue/waterfront-park

Waterfront Park on the Lake Champlain shoreline hosts music and food festivals throughout the year and is adjacent to other popular attractions such as the Community Boathouse, ECHO (see below), and the Lake Champlain Sailing Center. The Burlington Bike Path runs along the park’s eastern border — a fabulous way to experience Burlington, with views that can’t be beat.

One College Street
8 minute drive
$14.50 and up
echovermont.org

ECHO — Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunities — is a nationally acclaimed, LEED-certified aquarium and science center that engages visitors of all ages in learning about the wildlife and ecosystems of the Lake Champlain Basin. Enjoy daily showings of 3-D National Geographic films, the Waterside Café (open to the public for breakfast, lunch and coffee — no admission fee required), and special exhibits and events including the AfterDark series (for the 21+ crowd). You can even “adopt” an Eastern Shiny Softshell turtle!

Church Street between Pearl and Main
5 minute drive
Free
churchstmarketplace.com

The pedestrian-only outdoor mall in the heart of Burlington is popular with locals and visitors alike. Named one of the Great Public Spaces in America, the Marketplace dazzles eyes, ears and tastebuds with festivals, street performers, music and more than 100 shops and restaurants (including Vermont’s only LL Bean). If you’re in town mid-week, don’t miss the Wednesday “Bite of Burlington” food and drink specials.

153 Main Street
4 minute drive
Prices vary
flynncenter.org

The Flynn Center is a non-profit home for all performing arts in the region, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Check their online events calendar to see if you can catch a local band, a Broadway play on national tour, performance art or dance. It’s worth timing your trip to be in Burlington for the 10-day Discover Jazz Festival in June.

6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT
18 minute drive
$24
shelburnemuseum.org

With its matchless collection of folk art and Americana, the Shelburne Museum south of Burlington is well worth the short drive. The beautiful 45-acre property with 39 buildings and 20 gardens invites visitors to wander and discover, both indoors (Impressionism, textiles, toys) and out (a steamboat, passenger train and 1845 covered bridge). The museum offers extended hours and special programs on Thursday, and in the summer hosts the Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green.

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