The first city of the U.S., which runs entirely on renewable energy is the City of Burlington of the state of Vermont in the United States of America. About 45miles (72km) to the north of this city, you’ll find the Canada-United states border. It is the most populous city in Vermont, with a population of 42,417, according to the census of 2010. In this article, we have answered some most asked questions about the city of Burlington.
1. How did the City of Burlington get its Name?
There are two theories about the origin of the name city of Burlington, and both are equally popular among residents of the town. The first one says that the city was named after Richard Boyle, 3rd earl of Burlington, a member of the Noble family of Burlington. Richard Boyle is also famous for bringing Palladian Architecture to Britain and Ireland.
The second theory is that the name of the city of Burlington came from the politically prominent and wealthy Burling family of New York, who held large tracts of land in nearby towns. Both theories about the origin of the name of the city of Burlington are equally popular and fascinating.
2. What kind of the Climate City of Burlington have?
The city of Burlington has pretty chilling weather with an average temperature of 18.7 °F (−7.4 °C) in January and 70.6 °F (21.4 °C) in July. It has four seasons with about five months of winters. Burlington sees snowfall every year and have also seen heatwave ( three consecutive days having temperature more than 90 °F (32 °C) with high humidity) a few times in the past.
The overall climate of Burlington is cold like most Northeast states of the U.S. Natural freshwater lake; Lake Champlain is also responsible for snowstorms which can be seen occasionally during the winter season.
3. How Expensive is the City of Burlington?
Burlington is very expensive and is getting expensive every year. A decent apartment can cost you around $2000/mo. One needs about $60,000 to buy a lovely house while the cost of Bungalows soars as high as millions of dollars. The city of Burlington also has some of the highest taxes, which keeps increasing every year. One may be looking at around $60k/year for a comfortable living in the city of Burlington.
4. Is it Safe to Live in Burlington?
One thing which is clear about the city of Burlington is that it is entirely safe. The only crime here that occurs rarely is theft. Sometimes but too infrequently, there are cases of drug-related violence, but most of them go unnoticeable. The government here is incorrupt through the police force is said to be not good enough and slow to respond. Even then, the crime rate here is very low, and people feel safe.
Recently the police department here has taken a new initiative of publishing a Newsletter this year. They published their first Newsletter in spring 2020.
5. What are some Places to Explore in the City of Burlington?
Located at the Lake Champlain, Burlington has enough options to explore.
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain – ECHO – a science and nature museum – is home to more than 70 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, traveling exhibitions, and 3D Theatre.
ECHO has been open to the public since 2003, with an estimated around 167,000 visitors annually. Its building is also the first LEED-certified Green Building of Vermont. It’s lake aquarium which is home to a variety of snakes, fish, and reptiles, does the only aquarium in the U.S. have this certification.
With a mission ‘to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, the wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain,’ ECHO is not only an amazing but also an educational place to explore while visiting the city of Burlington.
Shelburne Museum – Founded by Electra Havemeyer Webb in 1947, the Shelburne Museum holds more than 100,000 items housed in thirty-nine buildings spread out over forty-five acres of beautiful land. Museum has pieces of fine and decorative arts, folk art, circus collections, textiles, toys, carriages, decoys, paintings, and much more.
Shelburne Museum is not only a collection of items but also is a collection of buildings. Many historic buildings were relocated to Shelburne to be part of the Museum. Many buildings part of the Museum is – a lighthouse, a schoolhouse, a jailhouse, a general store, steamboat Ticonderoga – outstanding examples of history.
With the purpose of ‘To enrich people’s lives through art, history, and culture,’ Museum also has some twentieth- and twenty-first-century architect-designed buildings built to be a modern exhibition and education spaces like the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education.
With all these antique pieces and the mission of giving their audience an extraordinary educational museum experience, Shelburne Museum is the perfect place to visit and explore in the city of Burlington.
North Beach – Located off of North Avenue, North Beach is the Largest Beach in the Burlington. It is also the only beach in the city of Burlington with the Beach House.
Beach House here serves snacks, refreshments and a variety of dishes with local breweries. Couples relaxing under an Umbrella, overlooking the Lake Champlain while enjoying drinks, is a common sight in summer here. Beach House also hosts different events and ‘Live Music Nights’ during the summer.
Beach is open all year.
North Beach also offers rental services. It has one shelter which can be taken on rent for half-day or full-day. It is a perfect place for birthday parties, picnics, family/friend reunions, or any other small gatherings. The shelter is available to rent from Memorial Day to Labour Day.
You can also rent kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards during the summer season. A full Campground is also available with sites for overnight rentals.
It is also the only Beach in the city of Burlington with active lifeguards during the summer season. Apart from these, Beach also offers other fun amenities. The park and beach are open all year.
Parks and Trails – Burlington is home to more than 35 parks, which provide open space for swimming, boating, community rides, races, and other recreational activities. Below are some parks which provide different facilities.
Oakledge Park – Located in the South End of the city, nestled along the shores of the Lake Champlain, Oakledge Park is the place to witness some breathtaking waterfront views.
Oakledge Park offers access to a Tree House ( Forever Young Tree House), a playground, tennis court, volleyball court, walking trails, and a Bike Path ( Burlington’s 9-mile Bike path). It also offers access to two public beaches.
Oakledge park also offers two rentable shelters, which can be rented for half or a full day. These shelters are suitable for small gatherings like a picnic, birthday parties, or small functions. During the summer season, you can also rent stand-up paddleboards at the park.
Apart from this, the park also offers some other fun recreational programs.
Ethen Allen Park – Featuring acres of natural woodland and a 40′ stone Ethen Allen tower, Ethan Allen Park offers a mesmerizing view of the city, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks.
Ethen Allen park has rich natural history and a variety of flora & fauna.
Ethen Allen Tower was erected in the memory of General Ethen Allen. Best known as the founder of Vermont, Ethen Allen was a farmer, businessman, writer, philosopher, American War patriot, and a politician.
The tower is the highest point of the city and, unlike other places, is closed most of the year. It opens only on scheduled days. It is advised to call Tower Keepers before the visit to know about the opening of the tower that day.
Park also offers 4 miles of paved and unpaved trail perfect for Hiking and walking. Park is full of a large variety of flora and wildlife. White-tailed deer, coyote, fisher, and moose can be seen wandering around the park.
City Hall Park – Located in the heart of downtown Burlington, City Hall Park is famous for its sculptures. It is an excellent site to explore for lovers of sculptures. Park provides free wifi and parking.
Battery Park – Located at the western edge of downtown, Battery park is an essential historic park.
Came into existence in 1870, this park is spread across a 14-acre beautiful landscape and offers a mesmerizing view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Park also has a playground, monuments, and a bandshell.
The bandshell was build in the ’70s in the memorial of the local music director Joseph Lechnyr who was the first conductor of the Burlington Symphony Orchestra. The park hosts concerts throughout the summer season.
A decorative cannon in the Battery Park commemorates the historic battle of August 3, 1813, when American gunners successfully defended the park against an attack of a British squadron.
The Park also has an 8′ bronze statue of General William W. Wells, a famous civil war hero of Vermont.
Park can also be reserved for parties or concerts. Park is open all year from sunrise to sunset. In the winter, an outdoor skating rink is available for use by the public.
Waterworks park – This park, located at 235 Penny Lane, is an excellent place to fishing. It was opened in June 2019. The park is equipped with permeable walking paths, extensive garden beds planted with native trees and shrubs, LED lighting, and much more. It has restrooms and limited parking on Lake street.
Burlington Greenway – Running from South of Oakledge park to the Winooski River to the north, Burlington Greenway is known as the crown jewel of the Park system of the city of Burlington.
This paved path of 8 miles is one of the most popular path trails among visitors during the summer, fall, and spring season. Though the way essentially is a bike path, it is an equally attractive place for runners and walkers.
Parking, seasonal Restrooms, and three fitness centers are also available at various points along the path. Bike rental service is also provided so that anyone can enjoy the greenery and natural beauty of the Greenway path.
Church Street Market Place – Church Street Market Place is the one-stop shopping place in the city of Burlington. Whether you need a swimsuit for enjoying swimming at one of the beautiful beaches, books for reading while sunbathing at the beach, or jewelry and dress for your wedding, here you will find shops for everything.
Church Street Market Place is also the place where your search for night fun and delicious food ends. The area has a Pizza hub, Bar, Cafe, Restaurants, Starbucks, and other small businesses offering a variety of local beers, seafood, Ice-creams, delicious food, and famous local dessert. Restaurants provide both Indoor seating and Outdoor seating.
Apart from that, Church Street market Place also has Tattoo shops, Painting shops, Spas, Studios, and Fitness places.
Nightlife – Rock n Roll Bars, Live concert by local artists at Red square accompanied by local breweries, Cinema Hall, and Performing Arts Center at the church street marketplace makes the Nightlife of the city of Burlington fruitful.
6. What are some Festivals of Burlington?
Discover Jazz Festival: Starting in 1983, the Discover Jazz Festival is a celebration of combining incredible local talent with Jazz legends from every corner of the globe. The city of Burlington comes alive with music resonating from live performing stages at every corner of the town – from the performing arts center, the Flynn center, to Waterfront and City Hall Park, to the church street marketplace, to clubs and restaurants.
This ten-day event is an annual tradition for the town with an opportunity for the community to enjoy and excel in jazz’s spectrum of different forms and learn and meet the world-famous artists.
This genuinely fantastic event takes place every year at the end of May or starting of June. The Schedule of the event can be checked on the site of the city of Burlington.
Festival of Fools – This free to all, all ages street theatre festival features the best international street artists from every corner of the globe. This celebration of circus arts, music, and comedy fills the city of Burlington with laughter and spirited entertainment.
More than 100 performances full of circus arts, comedy, music, and other surprises are performed over five stages across the town for three whole days.
During the festival, the city of Burlington entertains around 100,000 visitors, which makes the festival one of the largest celebrations of New England.
Church Street Santa Parade And Lighting Ceremony – On the day after Thanksgiving, Santa comes to the church street Marketplace to kick off the annual Holiday Parade. The parade starts at noon from the City Hall Block and ends at the Mall Block.
At 5:30 pm, the city of Burlington officially begins the holiday season with a classic rendition of the stage production, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This beautiful, humorous, and delightful performance provides a perfect joyful start to the holiday season.
The performance concludes with the lighting ceremony, which starts with the illumination of 250,000 LCD lights on Church Street, a cherished tradition of the city. A 50-foot holiday is lit with thousands of colored LCD lights in different colors. It shines across the Marketplace, a beacon to all lovers of the holiday season.
Apart from these two big festivals, there are many other local festivals also like The Annual Sidewalk Sale, during which merchants display their wares both in front of and inside their stores at the Downtown and Church Street Marketplace, making it one of the best places to visit in Canada for a holiday.
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