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Things To Do


Burlington Attractions

From verdant mountain vistas to cool blue waters, the beauty surrounding The Essex is abundant and soul-soothing. We’re fortunate to also be surrounded by food artisans making hand-crafted edibles, from maple syrup and chocolate to craft beer, wine and cider. During your stay at The Essex, be sure to take advantage of the area’s many amenities through a guided tour or your own personal adventure.

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Make Your Own Adventure

There’s no shortage of things to do on your own during your visit to TheEssex. Consider this a crash course in local attractions, but know that there’s even more wonder to be found.

In Essex

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Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides

The Essex is the meet-up point for morning and evening balloon rides with breathtaking views (launch sites depend upon wind direction and weather)

Essex Shoppes & Cinema

Just half a mile from The Essex you’ll find shopping, dining, movies and more Central Burlington (15 minutes away) Church Street/Downtown Burlington Pedestrian marketplace in the heart of Vermont’s Queen City with national brand anchor stores, sidewalk bistros, locally-owned shops and a colorful vibe

Burlington Segway Tours

Guided Segway tour of downtown Burlington, the waterfront, the bike path and the University of Vermont (no prior Segway experience necessary)

Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory

Classic handcrafted chocolates made by local chocolatiers

Echo Leahy Center & Aquarium

Innovative science center and aquarium on the shores of Lake Champlain with more than 100 interactive exhibits

Lake Champlain Scenic Cruises

Narrated daily cruises aboard 115’ boat designed after 19th century steamboats

Burlington Area (30 minutes West)

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Shelburne Museum

Vermont’s #1 attraction includes a remarkable art museum with 38 exhibition buildings, plus paddle wheels, a carousel and more

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Build your own bear, or choose one to adopt and make your own—great fun for the kids

Dog Sled Rides (Winter)

Drive your own sled with an experienced guide by your side Waterbury/Stowe Area (30 minutes East)

Vermont Annex (Vermont Products Outlet)

Take home a little bit of Vermont with Vermont-made products from food and spirits to art

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Tour

Watch a short film about how Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield went from taking a $5 correspondence course on ice cream-making to creating a global phenomenon, then tour the factory and have a taste

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Tour this local store and find hundreds of Vermont-made products, see cider being produced, watch a bee hive at work and have lunch