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Burlington is the largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the shire town (county seat) of Chittenden County. Burlington lies 45 miles (72 km) south of the U.S.-Canadian (Vermont-Quebec) border and some 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal. Burlington had a population of 42,417 at the 2010 census. The city is the hub of the Burlington-South Burlington metropolitan area, consisting of the three northwestern Vermont counties of Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle and encompassing the cities of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski; the towns of Colchester, Essex, and Williston; and the village of Essex Junction. According to 2009 U.S. Census estimates, the metro area had an estimated population of 208,055, approximately one third of Vermont’s total population.In addition to students, a number of tourists from overseas, typically get medical coverage before traveling and visiting Vermont.
Some believe Burlington was named after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington. Others assert that the name honors the politically prominent and wealthy Burling family of New York. While no family members are listed as grantees of this town, the family held large tracts of land in other nearby towns, some of which were granted on the same day as Burlington.
Church Street in 1907
One of the New Hampshire grants, it was awarded by Governor Benning Wentworth on July 7, 1763 to Samuel Willis and 63 others. In the summer of 1775, land clearing began and two or three log huts were erected, but the Revolution delayed permanent settlement until 1783, when Stephen Lawrence arrived with his family. The town was organized in 1785.
The Church Street Marketplace in 2008, from almost the same position
The War of 1812 was unpopular in Vermont. Along with the rest of New England, Vermont did not provide militia units or financial support – a serious blow to the cause. Vermont voted for the Federalist party, which opposed the war. Nevertheless, 5,000 troops were stationed there at one point during the War of 1812, outnumbering residents; about 500 of them died of disease. Some soldiers were quartered in the main building at the University of Vermont. A memorial plaque commemorates them.
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Visitors easily fall in love with the beauty, nature, arts, culture and charm during a tour of Burlington. Apart from being Vermont’s largest city it has Lake Champlain’s beautiful shores, perfect summer temperatures and nestled between the Green and Adirondack mountains. After beautiful summer temperatures allowing for hiking trips, sunning on the beaches, fishing and swimming, the winter months are great for skiing holidays and trips.
This is one city that are always entertaining for tourists and residents alike, because when you visit Burlington there will be something worthwhile to do. Festivals are highly rated in Burlington and with the great climate it is not strange to see many outdoor concerts. Some of the top things to do when you visit Burlington is a trip to Leddy Park especially if you have children. Indoor as well as outdoor fun activities such as part of the beach, ball fields, indoor ice rinks, playgrounds, tennis courts and a bike path makes this destination a must-do in Burlington.
Lake Champlain Chocolates is a tourist attraction of note and a Burlington visit will not be complete without sampling some of the decadent chocolates they are so famous for. You can have a tour of the factory and learn all about chocolate making or buy lovely assortments of chocolate at the Café or Factory Store. The Church Street Marketplace is a very high point of interest and you will find things there that is unique and from around the world. This is a definite place to visit, especially when looking for a special gift for someone at very affordable prices. If you are an outdoor adventure person you can take one of the many walking or hiking tours. Some tours will include a sleep-over and others just short day trips with various distances for you to choose from.
Burlington is located in Vermont and also the largest in this state. Tourists and visitors to Burlington will be surprised when they take a tour of Burlington at the reasonable prices of Hotels, B&BS, Inns and vacation rentals. Burlington is a very cosmopolitan city and charms with its culture, nature, arts and festivals.
Tourists all fall in love with the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain, nestled between the Green Mountains and the Adirondack. The well-known Lake Champlain Chocolates also attracts all chocolate lovers. Outdoor concerts brighten the streets at night and bustles during the day. Tourists who visit Burlington in the winter months love the skiing at one of the many resorts in the vicinity or frequent the city’s Paquette Arena. The view from the famous Burlington Bike Path is another attraction that many visitors always highly recommend.
Burlington’s famous Church Street Marketplace is certainly the downtown’s focal point, where people are entertained with live entertainment, restaurants, stores and little shops where you can buy anything and everything. Over a hundred great restaurants all cater different cuisine, local cuisine, Italian, American and more.
For theatre lovers Burlington has the Flynn Centre, hosting national, regional and international performing arts. It also has an intimate venue of only 150 seats, the FlynnSpace, for smaller shows. The Waterfront Park is another must-see attraction with serene, beautiful views. From there you can also access the Burlington Bike Park and several amenities such as a board walk, tour boats, aquarium, as well as the New York State ferry, restaurants and much more.
A tour of Burlington is not complete without a visit to the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Centre. It is such a great size as it is not an extremely tiring experience after a visit, but large enough to stay interesting for everyone. Exhibits change at a regular basis with friendly and knowledgeable staff and some of the experiments are even hands-on to make it valuable for children especially.