History on the Burlington Waterfront | Happy Vermont

Explore Vermont

Burlington waterfront

On the Burlington Waterfront

I am always up for a visit to the Burlington Waterfront. Whenever I find the time, I’ll go there to watch the sunset or stroll along the boardwalk. The park is where the city celebrates the Fourth of July and where visitors flock to take ferry rides on Lake Champlain.

Over the past 20 years, the park has been transformed from a neglected space into one of the most scenic and popular places in Burlington.

Burlington was a thriving lumber port in the 19th and early 20th centuries when Lake Champlain was a major transportation waterway. But commerce along Lake Champlain went into decline by the 1930s, and the waterfront eventually sat abandoned for decades.

The waterfront’s renewal began in the late 1980s when its revitalization came into focus. Now, the waterfront is a place where people gather to play Frisbee, ride bikes, listen to music, feed the ducks, and of course, watch the sunset.

Passengers board the Spirit of Ethan Allen III in October.
Burlington, Lake Champlain, Scenic, Travel Tips
  • From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    Posted at 01:36h, 05 November Reply

    The waterfront looks lovely and I love the name of the ferry. I bet a picnic supper would be nice also.

  • wdbythesea
    Posted at 17:58h, 05 November Reply

    I took the buffet lunch ride with my cousin and really enjoyed it and the views were just fabulous…

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 02:31h, 08 November Reply

    Hi Susan — Thank you! The waterfront is a great place. I never grow tired of it!

    Hi Willie — I’m so glad you enjoyed the ferry ride. The views are amazing out there on the water!

  • elvira pajarola
    Posted at 08:26h, 15 November Reply

    I LOVE the magnificient photography of the ferry in the warm autumn sun…..it even evoques a feeling of past times…so peaceful and calm!!

    WONDERFUL, cara Erica!!
    ciao ciao elvira

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 02:11h, 16 November Reply

    Thanks Elvira! The fall has been a beautiful one, and the waterfront is so peaceful this time of year.

  • matthew houskeeper
    Posted at 11:41h, 20 November Reply

    New England’s “west coast”

Post A Comment