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Visit Us

Three students walk across campus.

Choosing a university and department should not be taken lightly, and we want you to find the place that is just right for your education. We would be pleased to set up a visit for you to attend a lecture or two, visit with some professors, and have lunch with several of our undergraduate students. Prospective students find that a visit to our department deepens both their understanding of what we have to offer as well as what they’re looking for in a school. Please contact us to arrange for your visit.

The buildings in university row from across the campus green.Some things to do while your on campus:

Getting here and around

Visit our directions page to find out how to get to the University of Vermont's Plant Biology department.

Once you're here, getting around is easy. The campus is a ten-minute walk to the heart of Burlington's downtown. Add another ten minutes, and you're at the beautiful waterfront.

The University of Vermont has shuttle buses that make regular trips from downtown and around the campus. In addition, Burlington has an extensive bus system, and several taxi companies operate in the city.

Explore Burlington . . .

View from the UVM campus of downtown Burlington and Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains beyond.Church Street Marketplace. Four pedestrian-only blocks with more than 100 shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafes in the heart of downtown.

Waterfront and Battery Park. Stroll along the boardwalk on the lakefront; check out ECHO, a museum and environmental science center; and walk through historic Battery Park. Excellent views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. 153 Main St. Phone 802-652-4500. Theatre, dance, concerts, and other performing arts are presented at the Flynn.

Ethan Allen Homestead. 2 miles North off VT127. Phone: 802-865-4556. Ethan Allen’s pioneer homestead with a 1787 farmhouse and recreated hayfield and kitchen gardens. Museum exhibits, one-hour guided tours, and lots of trails for walking the grounds.

Lake Champlain Chocolates. 750 Pine St. Phone 802-864-1807. Watch these delectable chocolates being made.

Live music at Nectar's and Club Metronome (188 Main St., 802-865-4563), Higher Ground (1214 Williston Rd., 888-512-7469), 135 Pearl (135 Pearl St., 802-863-2343), Radio Bean (8 N. Winooski Ave., 802-660-9346) just to name a few venues.

And the surrounding area . . .

Autumn colors in Bristol Notch.Skiing and riding at Bolton Valley (802-434-3444), Stowe Mountain (800-253-4754), Smuggler’s Notch (800-451-8752)—the three closest to Burlington.

Hiking in the Green Mountains, including the Long Trail, Mt. Mansfield, and Camel’s Hump.

Ben & Jerry’s factory. Route 100 in Waterbury. Phone 866-258-6877. Guided factory tours with free samples, gift shop, and scoop shop.

Cabot Cheese factory. Route 215 in Cabot Village. Phone 800-837-4261. Guided factory tours with cheese tasting, gift shop.

Shelburne. The Shelburne Museum (802-985-3346), Shelburne Farms (802-985-8686), Vermont Teddy Bear Company (800-829-BEAR), and the historic village of Shelburne are all worth a visit.

Stowe. This mountain resort town has lots of shopping, dining, and entertainment in addition to the nearby ski resort.

Where to stay

The following lodging options are convenient to the UVM campus:

Sheraton Hotel & UVM Conference Center
870 Williston Road, Burlington
(800) 677-6576

Best Western
1076 Williston Road, South Burlington
(800) 371-1125

Clarion Hotel
1117 Williston Road, South Burlington
(800) 252-7466

Comfort Inn
1285 Willison Road, South Burlington
(800) 228-5150

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
84 South Park Drive, Colchester
(802) 655-1400

Hawthorn Suites
401 Dorset St., South Burlington
(800) 527-1133

Holiday Inn
1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington
(800) 799-6363

Lang House (B&B)
360 Main St., Burlington
(802) 652-2500

Willard Street Inn (B&B)
349 So. Willard St., Burlington
(802) 651-8710

Wyndham Hotel
60 Battery St., Burlington
(800) 996-3426

Where to eat

Burlington has more than its fair share of restaurants, from cheap and greasy to gourmet. For starters, just walk down Church Street, and you’ll encounter a few dozen. Here are some other suggestions as well:

A Single Pebble. 133 Bank St. 802-865-5200. Dinner, authentic Chinese cuisine.

Al’s French Fries. 1251 Williston Rd. 802-862-9203. Lunch, classic American burger joint with excellent fresh fries.

American Flatbread. 115 Saint Paul Street. 802-861-2999. Gourmet pizza from a clay oven.

City Market. 82 S. Winooski Ave. 802-863-3659. Health food co-op with excellent salad bar, hot bar, and deli.

Daily Planet. 15 Center St. 802-862-9647. Dinner, ranging from cheeseburgers to wild mushroom pasta.

Leonardo’s Pizza. 83 Pearl St. 802-862-7700. Lunch and dinner, award-winning pizza, delivery.

Muddy Waters. 184 Main St. 802-658-0466. Coffee house with warm, cozy atmosphere.

Penny Cluse Café. 169 Cherry St. 802-651-8834. Fresh and delicious breakfast and lunch.

Trattoria Delia. 152 St. Paul St. 802-864-5253. Dinner, Italian cuisine.

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