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While there is a lot for kids to do and see in Burlington, they’ll also like the laid-back, outdoor vibe. Forbes Travel Guide found the five best things to do with your kids in this Vermont town:
1. Visit ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. On the edge of Lake Champlain and a stone’s throw from downtown Burlington, this kid-friendly museum has a playroom, tanks full of turtles and myriad hands-on exhibits. Refuel on a “creemee” (the New England term for soft-serve ice cream) before hitting the adjacent Burlington Bike Path for a waterfront walk that leads to an outdoor playground.
2. Check out Shelburne. This pretty little town just south of Burlington is home to the famed Shelburne Farms, a working 1,400-acre farm. Its Children’s Farmyard is open from May to October. Also in town: the Shelburne Museum, which has an old-fashioned carousel. Explore the steamboat Ticonderoga on the museum’s grounds before stopping into the Shelburne Country Store for penny candy.
3. Take a cruise. Onboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III, families can learn about the history of Lake Champlain or look out for Champ, the legendary lake monster, while eating lunch on the deck. The 90-minute cruise is just right for short attention spans.
4. Go sledding. Find sledding hills at Catamount Family Center in Williston (about 15 minutes southeast of Burlington) and throughout city parks all winter. For a more serious plunge, hit the waterpark at Jay Peak’s Pump House, about 40 minutes north of the city. When it’s cold, the facility is indoors; when the mercury rises, the roof retracts.
5. Shop the Burlington Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday from May to October, this farmers’ market in City Hall Park features face-painting, locally grown and produced products (kids clothing, pies, candies) and live music.