Burlington


Population

2009: 42,417, #1 in Vermont

1950: 33,000

2010 Metropolitan Area: 211,261, #199 in U.S.

Setting

Burlington, on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, was first settled in 1783. Today, Waterfront Park is along the lake, and there are boat tours during the summer months. Lake Champlain Ferries cross the lake to Port Kent, New York. The University of Vermont is just east of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest buildings: Ira Allen Chapel, 165 feet (1926) and Decker Towers (1971), 124 feet

Stores

Burlington Town Center, an enclosed mall, has a Macy’s department store. Church Street Marketplace (1981) is a two-block pedestrian mall.

Trains

Amtrak’s Vermonter runs south to New York City and Washington, D.C., and north to St. Albans, Vermont. The train stops at a small station in Essex Junction, several miles east of Burlington.



Burlington, Lake Champlain, and Mt. Mansfield

Museums

The Fleming Museum of Art and Anthropology is on the University of Vermont campus. The Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center is on the downtown waterfront.

Theaters

Merrill’s Roxy is a first-run theater in downtown Burlington. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (the former Flynn Theater, 1930) is a restored movie theater that hosts the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and touring Broadway shows. The Vermont Stage Company is also downtown.

Sports

The Vermont Lake Monsters, Single-A New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, play at Centennial Field (1922) on the University of Vermont campus.

Map of Downtown Burlington

Chamber of Commerce