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Vermont's largest city (pop. 50,000), industrial and commercial center, Burlington has the University of Vermont, and a beautiful situation on Lake Champlain.




The center of activity in northwestern Vermont (map), Burlington is the closest you'll come to a "big city" in Vermont—and that's all to the good.

Of Burlington's native sons, the educator and philosopher John Dewey is the most famous, and Ethan Allen, while not born here, chose Burlington as his home in his later years. Today part of his farm is encompassed by Ethan Allen Park.

Besides being a college town (University of Vermont, alias "UVM"), Burlington is industrial: data processing equipment, textiles, and consumer products are all made here, and Burlington's medical facilities serve the northern part of the state. Burlington is one of two termini for Lake Champlain ferryboat crossings (the other is Port Kent NY).

  Church Street Marketplace at Christmas, Burlington VT
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Church Street Marketplace

Downtown Burlington is a fairly compact area easily negotiated on foot.

The heart of town for visitors and locals alike is Church Street Marketplace, a four-block stretch of Church Street from Pearl Street to College Street closed to vehicular traffic, beautified with trees, benches, and sidewalk cafes, and busy with strollers, street vendors, shoppers, lovers, performers, and sidewalk bench conversationalists.

At the northwestern end of Church Street stands the pretty Unitarian church, built in 1816.

Much of Burlington's cultural life centers on the University of Vermont campus, and on the campuses of the other three colleges in the area: St. Michael's and Champlain.

Much of the lakefront land in Burlington is encompassed by parks, including Oak Ledge Park and Red Rocks Park in South Burlington, Battery Park near Burlington's center and only five blocks from the Lake Champlain ferries, and Burlington Municipal Beach on Institute Road north of the ferry dock along the lake shore (map).

Ethan Allen Park is north of the center of town; take North Avenue (VT 127) starting at Battery Park.

In winter, Burlington is close to several northern Vermont ski areas, and the city explodes with activity and fun at New Year's with its First Night festivities.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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