The nation's smallest big city
Burlington, VT: Have it all, every day.
Students often say that when it comes to Burlington, it was love at first sight. Burlington is one of America's most beautiful and liveliest small cities (population: 40,000), and it charms with its proximity to Vermont's idyllic countryside.
The state's "human scale" offers UVM students unique opportunities to get involved and gain essential experience. Burlington is revered for its arts, healthy lifestyle, outdoor fun and safety by sources ranging from The Princeton Review and The New York Times (Read "36 Hours in Burlington, Vt.") to Outside and Travel + Leisure magazines. Visiting, touring, getting around Burlington and/or sign up for a UVM campus tour.
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12-mile bike path - Burlington is perennially recognized as a bike friendly city by the League of American Bicyclists. The Burlington bike path is one of the reasons why. Burlington residents are able to walk and bike with a view. 7.5 miles of the path links six major waterfront parks along with the Burlington High School and the central Waterfront district.
3 sand beaches - Beaches in Vermont? Yes, and they're lovely. Enjoy a waterfront picnic, swim, kayak, windsurf and more. There's no more glorious backdrop than Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains to the west for beach and water fun. Fun fact: There are a total of about 54 public or commercial beaches on the lake's shores.
1 of the northeasts's most stunning lakes - Lake Champlain is well-used and loved by locals. Its 587 miles of shoreline touch Vermont, New York and Canada and at its widest measures 12 miles across. Fun fact: Maritime battles from the Colonial Wars, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812 were fought on Lake Champlain. It's no surprise that more than 300 shipwrecks can still be found beneath the surface.
100+ restaurants and bistros - Burlington ushered in the eat local movement decades ago, and is known for its off-the-charts cuisine. From fine dining to on-the-go eats at downtown kiosks, Burlington and the area offer food and restaurants to remember.
13 different types of international cuisine - Burlington is known for being a multicultural town and that shows in the cuisine available: Thai, Brazilian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Irish, Japanese, German, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Nepalese and more.
13 coffee shops - What's a college town without a slew of great coffee shops? Homey, cozy, with live music or without. Poetry readings? No problem. Stand-up comedians? We've got them. You'll find your perfect place and table.
14 parks - Burlington values its green space and you can't walk too far without coming across a park to prove it. Jump in on an Ultimate Frisbee game or bring a blanket and book.
354 acres of agricultural / wild land - Since 1988, Burlington's Intervale Center has been getting people closer to the food they eat and offering great outdoor education and access to trails. Just a quick walk from campus. Fun fact: You can walk to the Ethan Allen Homestead for a tour through the Intervale trail system.
1 of the oldest minor league baseball parks - Centennial Field, home of the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York Penn League, the Short Season Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The field opened in 1906 and is a special spot for watching baseball with the classic covered grandstand and old wooden seats. Fun fact: Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen is believed buried in the cemetery just beyond the outfield.
9 theatre and concert venues - From major stages like The Flynn Arts Center to smaller ones like Higher Ground, Burlington has always attracted amazing artists and musicians. National music acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ben Harper, Mumford & Sons, Feist, Morrissey, Phish, The Tragically Hip, Cake, Damien Rice, Rufus Wainwright, Lyle Lovett, k.d. lang, Guster, Anais Mitchell, Brandi Carlile, Aimee Mann, G.Love & Special Sauce have all rocked local stages.
Broadway national tours like RENT, STOMP, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Movin' Out, Mamma Mia! have passed through town. Dance greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Les Balley Africains have appeared in Burlington. Comedy greats such as George Carlin, Margaret Cho, Seth Myers, Paula Poundstone, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Dane Cook and Jon Stewart have cracked jokes on-campus and off.
45 art galleries and venues - Artists love the creative culture of Burlington and as a result come here to live and make art. The South End Art Hop(s) has been presenting a remarkable exhibition of visual art for decades. But on a non-hop day, there are always showings, openings, or galleries nearby.
UVM's campus also offers access to art. The Fleming Museum and many other exhibit spaces (such as the Art Department's Colburn Gallery) welcome students for free. The Fleming has hosted Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso exhibits along with its permanent collection of 20,000 objects.
10 night clubs - Ask anyone--Burlington has a great night life. Seven nights a week there's amazing live music, DJs, dancing or comedy somewhere in town.