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Totally Engaging and Fun Things to do in Burlington, Vermont

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One of the great things about living in Vermont is the limitless number of things to do. I spent some time living and working in Connecticut for about a year and it was difficult to find anything to do other than shopping or visiting casinos. Oddly enough, people I worked with would often “head to Vermont” for the weekends to go skiing or a variety of other recreational activities in the summer. Ironic because I was the guy with the Vermont license plates exploring Connecticut on the weekends. While Connecticut was not an unpleasant place, I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to move back to Vermont, and work remotely.

Despite my own personal gripes with the State of Vermont (yup, I was born here so I reserve the right to bitch and complain) one thing I've never had a problem with are things to do in Vermont. Burlington is always a lot of fun and many people flock there on the weekends to shop, hang out and dine on Church Street. There are so many things to do in Burlington, Vermont that we often take it for granted. As I mentioned, Church Street is probably ground zero, due to it being closed off to cars – now a pedestrian walkway.

There are plenty of small local shops, though big chains are starting to push them out much to the chagrin of the local citizens. There are street vendors selling different foods and snacks as well as street performers and buskers. Plenty of bars, restaurants and lounges to enjoy a drink or socialize at night.

Church Street Marketplace_Burlington Vermont

The Burlington Waterfront is extremely popular during the warmer, summer months with a nice park area for relaxing, reading or tossing frisbees. There are a couple of local cruise boats and a ferry service to New York. The Echo Center offers some interesting things for families to see and do. If nothing else, the waterfront is just a terrific place to sit and gaze out at the lake and people watch.

Though Burlington is the hub of activity, there are many more things to see and do in the surrounding area. Shelburne Museum is a must along with a trip to nearby Shelburne Farms. The Vermont Teddy Bear factory is also located in Shelburne as well and open for tours. There are also other scenic and recreational opportunities in towns like Jericho, Williston and Colchester such as boating, fishing and of course, golf.


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