9 Family-Friendly Ways To Spend The Weekend In Burlington VT

Weekend In Burlington VT With Family

You’ll find the best Burlington family activities located between the nearby Green Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains. Whether you’re planning an entire summer vacation or a weekend getaway with your family, this charming city is the ideal destination for outdoor adventures. Let’s explore the top nine family-friendly activities in Burlington:


1) Explore The Thrilling Side Of Burlington

Who says you have to stick to ordinary family events to have a good time? Shake things up a bit, and come see us at Burly Axe Throwing to learn how to hit a bullseye with an axe!

Our staff will help you learn the safest and most effective techniques so you can hit the target every time. We offer food and drinks to keep you refreshed during your stay, and even have racecar simulators next door to enhance the fun!

Visit our website to set up the most thrilling experience you’ll find in Burlington!


2) Discover The Best Of The Local Community During Your Weekend In Burlington

When planning your long weekend in Burlington, be sure to carve out some time for an unforgettable shopping experience at Church Street. The Church Street Marketplace sprawls along eight miles of Church Street in the South End and offers outdoor shopping with a pedestrian-only promenade that includes an invitation for your favorite four-legged friend! As you wander through the marketplace, keep an eye out for the talented street performers who bring the streets to life with their captivating live music and other entertaining acts.

Make Church Street your first stop when you arrive in Burlington, Vermont. It’s the perfect place to kick off your weekend adventure and immerse yourself in the local community. Whether you’re in search of unique souvenirs, or fashionable clothing, or simply want to soak up the lively ambiance, Church Street has something for everyone.


3) Capture The Stunning Views At Burlington Waterfront At Lake Champlain

Nearby Downtown Burlington, along the coast of Lake Champlain, you’ll find the beautiful Waterfront Park. Chock full of outdoor adventures, Waterfront Park is home to the Burlington bike path which rides along the coast of Lake Champlain, offering some of the best views you’ll find near downtown.

Throughout the summer, the park hosts food festivals, live performances, and other exciting festivals to entertain the public. You’ll find museums, a sailing center, and the Water Works Park to help you cool off after a day of fun in the sun.


4) Don’t Miss The Burlington Farmers Market

If you love to browse goods from local artisans, farmers, and brewers, then you have to plan a visit to the Burlington Farmers Market. One of the highlights of the Burlington Farmers Market is the opportunity to sample the best goods from nearby towns. This allows you to explore the culinary delights of the entire New England region in one place.

You’ll find an abundance of locally sourced goods that showcase the rich flavors and unique offerings of the region. From fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade baked goods, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

It’s a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, where you can connect with the community, listen to live music and soak up the energetic ambiance.


5) Experience One Of The Best Ski Resorts In New England

Just a short 40-minute drive from Burlington, you’ll find the picturesque town of Stowe, known for its awe-inspiring views. Nestled in the heart of Vermont, Stowe offers a scenic escape that will take your breath away.

Just because snow is far from the forecast doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the amenities and excitement available at Stowe Mountain Resort! Not only do you still have access to their infamous red gondola cars for some of the best views of the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, but they also have a mountainside village called Spruce Peak that offers some of the best shopping and dining in Stowe.

If you’re looking for a list of all the fun and excitement that awaits you at Stowe Mountain Resort, we’ve got you covered:

  • Indulge in climbing at Stowe Rocks

  • Hike the Alpine environment

  • Explore the auto toll road


6) Take A Sunset Cruise Of Lake Champlain

One of the most stunning ways to experience the sunset in the mountains here in Burlington is to book a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain! There are several boating companies that will curate the perfect experience for your weekend getaway.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic experience or a quiet way to end the day with your entire family, you’re sure to find a memorable experience with one of the following tours:

  • Cruise Lake Champlain

  • Sail Vermont LLC

  • Spirit of Ethan Allen


7) Enjoy A Beach Day Amidst The Mountain Views

North Beach is the largest beach in Burlington and is the only one that has active lifeguards on duty throughout the entire summer season. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic areas or right on the shoreline.

You can also send the kids to run off their energy at one of the playgrounds, enjoy the concession stands, or rent kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to enjoy some fun on the water.

Here are some of the other ways you can have fun at North Beach:

  • Overnight camping

  • Grilling

  • Bike path


8) Spend The Day At The Ethan Allen Park

For a memorable day out with your loved ones in Burlington, make sure to visit Ethan Allen Park. There are acres of lush grounds to explore and a massive 40-foot tower that offers stunning views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains. The vistas from the tower are truly awe-inspiring and provide the perfect backdrop for capturing memorable photos with your family.

In addition to the stunning views, Ethan Allen Park offers a range of recreational activities for all ages. Along with bike and hiking paths, there is also an impressive playground, complete with swings, slides, and climbing structures, ensuring that the little ones have a fantastic time as well.

Pack a picnic and find a cozy spot amidst the park’s greenery to enjoy a leisurely lunch with your loved ones. The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings make Ethan Allen Park the ideal outdoor setting for a relaxing day.


9) Satisfy Local Cravings

What better way to explore a location than by hitting their most beloved restaurants and eateries? After a day of exploring the area with the kids, an ice cream cone or sundae is a wonderful way to cool off, wind down, and reminisce over the events of the day!

Here are some of the best restaurants and ice cream spots in town:

  • Lake Champlain Chocolates

  • Little Gordo Creemee Stand

  • Hen of the Wood – American restaurant

  • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill


Hit The Target On Your Vacation To Burlington

No matter what activities you decide to do with your family while in Burlington, don’t forget to schedule some time to destress and get a bit competitive with your kiddos at Burly Axe Throwing!

We’ll show you the best and safest ways to hit the target every time. Just reach out on our website to schedule your axe-throwing adventure!

1 hour
Group Size
2 to 35

1 Hour Axe Throwing Session

Axe throwing is kind of like darts…but with axes. Well, hatchets really. You don’t need to be a lumberjack. If you can swing a hammer you can throw an axe.

Our professional axe throwing coaches will give you all the guidance and pointers you need to quickly progress safely to the point where you can consistently hit the target.

Just show up a few minutes early to sign our waiver and be sure to wear close-toed shoes!

We have 6 lanes and each lane has 2 targets.
Each booking requires at least two guests.

**STUDENT DISCOUNT THURSDAYS: use code burlyaxe101 for 25% off. Valid with student ID.

**Reserve a lane exclusively for you and your group for a more intimate experience. Price: $162 per lane.

2 hours
Group Size
no limit

Mobile Axe Throwing

We can deliver our trailer to your location if you have a dry flat surface. Our coaches will train your group and help everyone throw safely and competitively. 2 hour event within 10 miles of Burlington.

*Will deliver up to 50 miles away for additional charge-please call for inquiry.

2 hours
Group Size
no limit

Axe Throwing League

Come join one of our axe throwing leagues! League nights are Mondays 6-8pm or Wednesdays 7-9pm.

Each week you’ll be matched up with other league members for scored games for 8 weeks culminating in the league playoff tournament in the last week.

It’s okay if you can’t make every week, substitutions are easy for us!

Contact burlyaxeleague22@gmail.com with any questions or to be put on our waitlist!

Group Size
no limit

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