What are the five best places for outdoor recreation in Burlington?

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Sarah Tuff

Nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, Burlington is known for its laid-back outdoorsy vibe and seemingly limitless outdoor recreation options. Forbes Travel Guide picked the five best places for outdoor activities in the Vermont town:
1. The Burlington Bike Path. This paved 7.5-mile trail stretches along Lake Champlain from Oakledge Park to a bridge crossing the Winooski River.
2. Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center. No boat? No problem. This facility rents sailboats and stand-up paddleboards, and also offers lessons and racing programs. Landlubbers will enjoy the yoga classes held on the dock from June through August.
3. Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Here you can mountain bike and trail run in the summer, and cross-country ski and sled in the winter. It’s about 15 minutes southeast from Burlington, in the town of Williston.
4. Bolton Valley. Though not as big or fancy as Stowe or Sugarbush, Bolton Valley is Burlington’s closest ski resort and offers surprisingly good terrain for just a 20-minute drive out the city. There’s also an extensive Nordic skiing network, along with backcountry options and night skiing.
5. North Beach. A wide stretch of beach, a greasy snack bar and lifeguard towers make Vermonters feel as if they’re in Florida at this in-town summer hot spot. Rent canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards, play beach volleyball or just soak in your vitamin D while looking out across Lake Champlain toward the Adirondacks.

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