- James Buck
- North Beach, Burlington
60 Institute Rd., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
As soon as the mercury creeps past 50, people begin flocking to this lakeside hot spot. It's Burlington's largest and liveliest beach — not to mention the only one staffed by lifeguards. Grab a bite at the concession stand or rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard at the vendors kiosk.
1 North Ave., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
This is the best place in town to watch the sun set over the Adirondacks. In warm weather, grab a Michigan hot dog from Beansie's Bus — perhaps while enjoying the Burlington Concert Band's Sunday evening show.
2 Flynn Ave., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
- Carolyn Fox
- The treehouse at Oakledge Park
Tennis, volleyball and bocce courts — and the occasional hipster kickball league — are draws at this beautiful South End park. The sandy beaches, spacious lawns and hidden, wheelchair-accessible tree house are nice, too.
Red Rocks Park
Central Ave., South Burlington, southburlingtonvt.gov
This woodsy oasis is popular with dog walkers, whose pooches often roam its miles of trails in gleeful defiance of posted leash laws. The scenic overlooks from the cliffs above Shelburne Bay are stunning — but cliff jumping is strictly verboten.
1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, shelburnefarms.org
- Courtesy of Marshall Webb
- Shelburne Farms
The landscape architect behind New York City's Central Park designed the rolling acres of this working farm, once the agricultural estate of wealthy Vanderbilt descendants. Hike the lakeside trails or brunch like you're a 19th-century millionaire at the manor home, now an inn.
10 College St., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
The crown jewel of Burlington's shoreline is Waterfront Park, a sprawling, grassy destination for sunbathers and Frisbee enthusiasts. Major bands headline tented concerts here from spring to fall.
Winooski River Walk
A scenic walkway winds along the Winooski River for views of the falls and the Champlain Mill. There's also a canoe launch nearby for paddling downstream to the lake.