Get Together as a Family
School’s out for summer – or maybe you’ve decided to head to Vermont for a long weekend to leave work and studies behind for two days of fun and relaxation. You’ve come to the right place to keep the kids occupied and entertained – and you’ll find yourself hooked on Burlington’s myriad family activities as well!
There’s something in the air here, and you’ll catch a dose from the minute you breathe in our crisp, fresh Vermont air. Outdoor fun and staying active is a way of life for kids and parents alike here, and we know you’ll want to live like a local along with the best of us.
Our trail-packed woodlands, crystal-clear expanse of Lake Champlain, inviting open spaces and public parks, fishing trips in a tucked-away pond, or even rock climbing are just a few of the wear-'em-out outdoor family fun adventures you’ll find in the greater Burlington area.
A visit to the Church Street Marketplace is surely in order no matter the season, with street performers, fountains, statues, restaurants, and food carts is the perfect diversion for all ages!
Inclement weather, or just feeling like an indoor excursion is on the menu for the day? Interactive museums, aquariums, indoor water parks (yes, really!), plays and theatre productions, and family fun centers are plentiful and sure to please the whole family.
Festivals? We’ve got them – our festival calendar is chock-full of music and entertainment, Kids’ Days, Pumpkin Regattas, Farmers Markets, wine and food fests (if you’re thinking about leaving the kids with a sitter!), and winter celebrations make Burlington the place to be!
Family Fun Activities
Planning the Perfect Family Vacation
By Monique Gramas, Topnotch Resort and Spa
Is it possible to plan a winning getaway when your vacationing brood includes a combination of kids, teens, tweens, grandparents, friends, neighbors… and everyone in between?
Yes! Vermont is especially suited for a mixed-generation reunion. Not just because everyone will find something that appeals to them, but because Vermont has choices that will appeal to all. And that’s why you plan a group trip, anyway – to be together.
So gather your group, prepare your plans, and make some memories. Here are a few simple strategies for success:
The Essentials: Lodging and Dining
Vermont’s resorts offer convenient and varying room configurations so everyone can be comfortable. Bringing Fido? Find a property that welcomes pets – some even offer special spoils for your pooch. From fresh local ingredients to classic comfort foods, Vermont’s selection of venues and menus has a way of pleasing any palate. One idea: at each meal, give someone different a chance to pick an item for everyone to share – family style.
The Experience: Adventure
Learn something new! Tennis camps, horseback riding lessons, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing tours – are fun for all ages, require no experience, and could lead to life-long interests. Gather up your collective courage to try something you’d never dare to do alone! Get some air in a glider, balloon or zipline. Pick up speed behind a team of sled dogs or catch the sunset from a kayak.
The Event: Culture
Go to a museum, an event and a show! Vermont museums celebrate history and natural resources. Car shows, craft fairs, and food festivals inspire enthusiasts young and old. Theatres – and even gazebos and meadows – set a stage for laughter, applause, and dancing.
The Expected: Relaxation
With all the to-dos on your itinerary, don’t forget “R&R”. Everyone will need some alone time to get a massage, go for a walk, read a book, lie by the pool (or the pond or the lake), piece together a puzzle, or just take a nap…