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Waterfront Park

10 College St., Burlington

The crown jewel of Burlington's shoreline district is Waterfront Park, a sprawling, grassy destination for sunbathers, Frisbee and kite enthusiasts, or those who simply want to stroll the scenic boardwalk for a view of the Adirondacks. Major bands headline tented concerts here from spring to fall. Grab yourself a creemee from nearby Burlington Bay Market & Café and see if you can score one of the coveted swingy benches.

Battery Park

1 North Ave., Burlington

This park next to the police station is the best place in town to watch the sun set over the Adirondacks. In warmer weather, you can grab a Michigan hot dog from Beansie's Bus, too.

Leddy Park

216 Leddy Park Rd., Burlington

Splash into the calm, shallow water on the beach of this family-oriented park in the New North End during the summer months — or hit the tennis or basketball courts. In the winter, check out the skating rink for public ice time.

North Beach

60 Institute Rd., Burlington
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Students flock to this popular sandy strip as soon as the temperature cracks 40 degrees. To avoid the crowds, walk a few hundred yards south to Texaco Beach, which is where in-the-know locals go, often with their dogs.

Oakledge Park

2 Flynn Ave., Burlington

Tennis, volleyball and bocce courts — and the occasional hipster kickball league — are draws at this beautiful South End park. The picnic pavilions, spacious lawns and clean beach are nice, too.

Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne,
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The landscape architect behind NYC's Central Park designed the rolling acres of this working farm, once the agricultural estate of wealthy Vanderbilt descendants. Go here to hike the lakeside trails or brunch like you're a 19th-century millionaire at the manor home, now an inn

Winooski River Walk

Downtown Winooski

A scenic walkway winds easily 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.