Just three miles from Saint Mike's lies Vermont's largest city, Burlington, known as "The Queen City." Cradled between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Burlington is an eclectic mix of metropolitan living and rustic New England charm.

Stroll down Church Street Marketplace to visit fashionable shops and unique restaurants that serve up local, farm-fresh fare. Go for a walk or a ride on our bike path that winds along the lake, through parks and neighborhoods. Learn about our great lake at the ECHO museum or visit the Fleming Museum to brush up on your art history. Spend your night watching local musicians at any number of venues in the city, from bars to theaters, art galleries to coffee shops.

Explore downtown Burlington on Church Street Marketplace. Visit local specialty shops, check out books from the library, warm up in a locally-owned coffee shop, or meet friends at any number of our restaurants and bars.

Take a break from studying and treat yourself to a show at the Flynn Theater. See world-renowned plays, ballets, concerts, and more.

Put down your headphones and go see your favorite local band at Higher Ground. Check their web site often to see when the mainstream musicians are paying a visit to our state.

Jump on the bus and ride down the hill in Winooski to the Monkey House for a more intimate venue with a more eclectic, indie vibe.

Need to blow off some steam? Visit Petra Cliffs for some indoor rock climbing with your friends.

Visit local vendors at the year-round Burlington Farmers’ Market to enjoy treats and treasures from around Vermont.

Wander through the Art Hop in September and really experience for yourself the buzzing art scene of Burlington. Join the artists and patrons on the first Friday of every month at different venues around town to enjoy local art year round.

Visit the Fleming Museum at UVM to see an extensive collection of art and anthropological wonders.

Explore the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on the waterfront and learn all about the lake, the state, and the planet.

Venture a little further south on Route 7 and wander around Shelburne Farms, a national historic site on 1400 acres, with a working farm and a nonprofit environmental education center.

Burlington has frequently been recognized for the quality of life it offers, as evidenced here:

  1. Rated one of the 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade by Kiplinger.
  2. Ranked 7th most student-friendly U.S. city for populations under 1 million by Collegia.
  3. Named "One of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  4. Named the healthiest city in America by the Center for Disease Control.
  5. Ranked the 2nd Happiest place to live in the U.S. by Self Magazine.
  6. Ranked 6th best "family-friendly" place in the nation by Reader's Digest.
  7. Ranked 4th most enlightened town by the Utne Reader.
  8. Named the 7th hippest arts town by 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America.
  9. Named one of the top 10 college towns in America in The Princeton Review's Best Colleges guidebook.
  10. Ranked Number One "Top 10 Cities to Have It All" by A&E cable television.
  11. Ranked the "Number One Place for Families that Love Outdoor Sports" by Outdoor Explorer magazine.
  12. Rated "One of the 50 Best Places to Live" and "Editor's Pick in the Northeast" by Men's Journal.
  13. Awarded "Dream Town" status for real life and real jobs by Outside magazine.
  14. Ranked one of the "Twenty-five Most Livable Cities in America Under 100,000 People" by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  15. Named America's most eco-friendly place by Country Home magazine.
  16. Featured as "One of the Five Best Places to Live and Ride" by Bike Magazine.
  17. Praised for its "worldliness" and its "socially conscious vibe" by the New York Times.

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