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Explore Burlington

Burlington, Vermont, has more to offer than meets the eye. It's more than maple syrup, fall leaves, and the craft beer capital of the northeast. Whether you're traveling with your family or visiting with adventure in mind, you'll find an activity that suits your Burlington bucket list. And no matter how you spend your days, you'll find ample space to recharge at The Essex—and then head out the next day to do it all over again. 

Discover everything from activities at The Essex to Vermont experiences tailored to your personal travel style.


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Summer Adventures

From the lakes, to the mountains, Vermont boasts fresh air, gorgeous views & so much to see & do for all types of travelers. Summer like you mean it with exciting Vermont Adventures like a hot air balloon ride, stand-up paddle board tour, axe throwing or even a scenic cruise on Lake Champlain.

Our Adventures Experts Highly Recommend 

  • Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides – Explore Vermont from Above on this Magical Journey

  • Paddle Surf Champlain - Discover Fun & Freedom on Lake Champlain with these Guided favorites include The Red Rocks or The Sunset Stand-Up Paddle Tours

  • Burly Axe Throwing – Because who doesn’t love to Throw Some Axe?

  • Spirit of Ethan Allen – Cruise the waters of Lake Champlain and surround yourself with the beauty of the Champlain Valley. Choose from the Champagne Brunch Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Sounds of Summer or Lobstah on the Lake.

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How do you Vermont? 

Vermont boasts wide open space, fresh air, gorgeous views and more. The perfect destination for a road trip with so much to see and do for all types of travelers. Choose your ideal travel style & let The Essex Resort's guest specialists help guide you to unique “Vermont-ing” Experiences perfect just for you. 

Find your personalized travel itinerary curated by The Essex team, whether you're an adventurer, naturalist, foodie, or more. 

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· Resort Activities ·

Cook Academy

Elevate your culinary skills at Burlington's best cooking class. Learn new cooking techniques or perfect skills you already have in a personalized setting. 

Tennis at The Essex

Take a swing on one of the resort's championship tennis courts. Play a game on your own or even try your hand at single or doubles on one of the top ten courts in the world.

Lawn Games

Our backyard is your backyard. Sip an ice cold cocktail, local beer, or glass of wine at The Tavern at The Essex. Come early or stay late to play lawn games or relax at a picnic table.

Spa at The Essex

Indulge in the tranquil essence of Vermont during a ritual, massage, or facial, or freshen up your look at our on-site salon

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· Things to Do Near The Essex Resort ·

Discover Fun for Every Season