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Summary

This family-friendly road trip through Vermont offers a blend of outdoor adventures, interactive museums, and quintessential Vermont experiences like Ben & Jerry's ice cream. From exploring Burlington's Church Street Marketplace to enjoying scenic cruises on Lake Champlain and stepping back in time at the Shelburne Museum, there's something for everyone. The journey also includes a visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, making it a trip that's sure to create lasting memories.

Day1: Exploring Burlington

Begin your Vermont family road trip in Burlington, exploring the pedestrian-friendly Church Street Marketplace, indulging in Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and staying in points-friendly hotels.

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Church Street Marketplace

A vibrant, pedestrian-friendly area with farm-to-fork restaurants and independent shops.

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Tips

Enjoy open-air dining and street performances in warmer months.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 863-1648
🌐   Website: http://www.churchstmarketplace.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 131 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
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Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream

The original scoop shop of the famous ice cream brand.

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Tips

Try iconic flavors like Phish Food or Chunky Monkey.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 862-9620
🌐   Website: https://www.benjerry.com/burlington
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 20 min
📍   Address: 36 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
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Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown

A centrally located hotel offering rooms for 50,000+ Hilton points per night.

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Tips

Ideal for families looking for a comfortable stay with easy access to Burlington's attractions.

Travel Information
🌐   Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/btvdwgi-hilton-garden-inn-burlington-downtown/?SEO_id=GMB-AMER-GI-BTVDWGI&y_source=1_MjIwNTg1My03MTUtbG9jYXRpb24ud2Vic2l0ZQ%3D%3D
📍   Address: 101 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401
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🌊 Day 2: Lake Champlain Adventures

Spend the day at Waterfront Park, visiting the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, enjoying scenic cruises, and relaxing at North Beach.

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🐠 ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

An interactive center focusing on the ecology, culture, and history of Lake Champlain, offering a captivating journey through Vermont's largest lake.

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Tips

Don't miss the live animal presentations and 3D nature films, providing an immersive experience for the whole family.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 864-1848
🌐   Website: http://www.echovermont.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2.5 hours
📍   Address: 1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401
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⛴️ Spirit of Ethan Allen III

A luxurious boat offering scenic cruises on Lake Champlain, providing a serene and picturesque way to explore the lake's beauty, especially during the vibrant summer and fall seasons.

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Tips

Sit back, relax, and soak in the stunning views while enjoying the refreshing lake breeze.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 862-8300
🌐   Website: http://soea.com/
📍   Address: 348 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

🏖️ North Beach

A popular spot for picnics and swimming, nestled along the Burlington Bike Path, offering easy access and a perfect setting for a leisurely day at the beach with your family.

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Tips

Bring a delicious picnic and make the most of the pristine sandy shores for a memorable day by the tranquil waters of Lake Champlain.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 864-0123
🌐   Website: https://enjoyburlington.com/place/north-beach/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Burlington, VT 05401

🏛️ Day 3: Museum Hopping

  • Discover the Shelburne Museum's Americana collections, step back in time on the Ticonderoga steamboat, and create your own bear at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.

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🏛️ Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum is a captivating showcase of over 30 historic buildings spread across 45 acres, offering a diverse range of Americana from quilts and weather vanes to old tools, carriages, and duck decoys. Visitors can witness blacksmiths and printers at work, participate in a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse, and engage in art activities at Webby's Art Studio and the Art on the Go Carts, inspired by the exhibits.

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Tips

Your admission ticket is valid for two consecutive days, providing ample time to explore the extensive displays and activities.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 985-3346
🌐   Website: https://www.shelburnemuseum.org/
📍   Address: 6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482
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🐻 Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory offers a delightful behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Vermont Teddy Bears. Visitors can witness the birth of bears at the Bear Hospital, where bears are repaired free of charge thanks to a lifetime warranty, and even design and stuff their very own bear. Tours are available daily, but it's advisable to arrive early, especially during the bustling summer and fall foliage season.

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Travel Information
📞   Phone: (802) 985-3001
🌐   Website: https://www.vermontteddybear.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 6655 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482