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Address: 1 College Street, Burlington Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401
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+1 802-862-8300
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Vermont's largest cruise ship and floating restaurant on Lake Champlain....

Vermont's largest cruise ship and floating restaurant on Lake Champlain. Daily tours offered, May - October.

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Dinner cruise

Great cruise awesome potential for a stunning sunset depending on weather. Food was decent buffet style with several options. Live piano music was excellent.

Reviewed 3 December 2016
Burlington, Vermont
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Call us crazy, but when bad weather threatened to ruin our 4th of July this past summer, we decided to drive 4 hours up to Burlington, Vermont, where it was sunny - and we had a great time on the Spirit of Ethan Allen. We did a sunset cruise all around Lake Champlain, enjoying a fruit and cheese platter, and... More 

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Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I enjoyed this cruise around Lake Champlain. There was a pre-recorded tour narration that played as we traveled. It was full of history and trivia about the lake and Vermont in general. Sometimes it was hard to hear, so you may want to find a seat near one of the speakers. Also, be prepared to take pictures quickly, as the... More 

Thank Karl L
Burlington, Vermont
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Great cruise awesome potential for a stunning sunset depending on weather. Food was decent buffet style with several options. Live piano music was excellent.

Thank connorhwilliams802
Swanton, Vermont
1 review
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We (myself, my husband, our 3 year old daughter and 1 1/2 yr old son) fully enjoyed the morning scenic cruise! We all learned a lot and the surroundings were always breathtaking. I have lived in Vermont most of my life and have been on the lake numerous times before, but never on the Spirit of Ethan Allen, and there... More 

Thank hbsp99
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I went as part of a group on the lunch cruise on one of the last days of operation for the Spirit of Ethan Allen. Although the weather was a bit brisk for venturing out on the decks, it was very pleasant inside the large, glassed-in area and the food exceeded my expectations. The buffet was very tasty with plenty... More 

Thank Maureen L
Liverpool, England
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took the 10.00 am 90 minutes scenic cruise and the Lake was at its best, calm and very attractive. Commentary was fine and there was a snack bar service available. The later cruises have lunch option which wasn't on ours. The Ethan Allen was a nice boat to enjoy and gave plenty of opportunity to see the scenery around... More 

Thank Childwall56
Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We had a very nice sunset dinner cruise. Staff was attentive. Scenery was beautiful. Weather was lovely. I have been on other sunset cruises that we not as good as this. It was a nice few hours out on the water.

Thank Wilma M
Whitehouse, Texas
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274 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The dinner cruise has very good food offered. Our group really enjoyed the meal and service. What we did not enjoy was the constant "entertainment". The vocalists were good, but they performed constantly. We wanted time to visit and talk about the scenery, but were unable to. We also wanted to be told about Lake Champlain, Champy, and other interesting... More 

Thank aspenbc
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Everything about the cruise was wonderful. The scenery on Lake champlain was gorgeous. This was a luncheon cruise but the food was great. Prime rib, fresh vegetables and tasty desserts.Since it was a buffet, you could return for more. We thought the price was reasonable for what we received . We would return if we're ever in the area and... More 

Thank davidandkathy2016
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Had a nice enough trip. The canned narration was fairly interesting. It would have been better if it could have been heard over the screaming of some barely domesticated children who were running amok. Don't rely on eating or getting a beverage in a timely manner. Only one server on our deck, and she was overwhelmed. Tour was very scenic,... More 

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