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First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

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First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

We plan to visit Plattsburgh, NY for vacation this summer and want to do some day trips. We've never been to Bur'lington. We enjoy walking around and seeing the sites. Enjoy a nice casual local fare restaurant, cold beers, people watching. I enjoy shopping. They don't but they'll tolerate a cute village with small shops.

What should we look for in Burlington and what shouldn't we miss?

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1. Re: First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

Why Plattsburgh? Its a pretty nice small city but not much going on there. Ausable Chasm is nice.

Burlington would be a good day trip. Visit Church Street - Your teens will like it - great people watching, street performers, cool shops. The Farmhouse would be a good place for lunch for local food and brews. Or pick a restaurant on Church Street w/outdoor seating. http://www.churchstmarketplace.com/

Waterfront Park is a nice place to stroll assuming that the water has gone down by the time you get here. ECHO may or may not be interesting to your kids. It seems to be geared toward the 6-12 crowd IMO. But its still fun. http://www.echovermont.org/

A cruise on the lake might be fun.

If you feel like driving another 40 minutes or so I'm sure the kids would like the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.

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Unless there is some reason, the Burlington area would make a better home base and a day trip to Plattsburgh might make more sense.

In Burlington, you could rent bikes or bring rollerblades and go on the bike path along the lake and you could stop and swim at North Beach or to Oakledge Park to the south (free if travelling by bike)(cars are charged admission). In the south end, Petra Cliff is a place with a climbing wall.

If you go to Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury, go to Stowe(another 15-20 minutes farther) for the Alpine slide and Bungee trampoline( there may also have a climbing wall)-fyi--this is a bit pricey and drive up the toll road which takes you up the highest peak in Vermont, Mt Mansfield. Then, nearby, drive through Smugglers Notch Pass, a winding mountain pass with high granite walls flanking both side of the road, very beautiful. While in Waterbury, you may also want to visit the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters visitors center, Cold Hollow Cider Mill and the Alchemist a local brew pub.

Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, south of Burlington is not a typical museum, it attracts over 100,000 people a year( in a six month season) This has lots to offer 39 buildings, a circus barn, a railroad car, a paddle wheel steamboat, a round bam, a light house, an old stone 2 cell jail, a double covered bridge, a house furnished from the 50's, a New York City, Park Avenue apartment. See shelburnemuseum. org or look at the TA comment/ feedback; highly rated. There is so much to see that tickets are good for two days. This year there is an antique gun exhibit, a look at fashion, and creative use of paper and couple of other temporary exhibits as well.

A couple of other ideas, mountain biking and paintball. Let us know if you want further info.

Edited: 08 June 2011, 21:41
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3. Re: First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

Thank you! We are staying in a friend's lakefront "camp" on several acres with docks and swim trampolines. That's why we're doing Plattsburgh. Appreciate your ideas. Like the idea of Stowe and the Shelburne Museum.

I'm interested in other interesting towns or sites within a short distance from Burlington.

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Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen is buried in the Green Mount cemetery in Burlington with a great memorial and there is the Ethan Allen Homestead in the New North End of Burlington. Also in Burlington, you have the headquarters for Burton SnowBoards, Gardeners Supply Co, and Lake Champlain Chocolates

In Shelburne, there is also the Shelburne Country Store and Shelburne Farms, a 1000 acre estate /summer cottage of a Vanderbilt descendant, landscape design by Olmstead who did Central Park, too.

20 minutes past Waterbury( in a different direction from Stowe) is Montpelier the capitol of Vermont, smallest capitol city, has a little bit of a leftover hippie vibe to it.

South of Shelburne is Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, a former underground railroad home. Beyond that is Vergennes, home to Daily Chocolate, which has really different but delicious chocolates. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a few miles outside of town, discover the history of the lake and all the shipwrecks, etc.

In Charlotte, between Shelburne and Ferrisburgh is the Charlotte to Essex, NY ferry, another way to get across the lake( Plattsburgh to Grand Isle ferry is your most obvious choice for crossing over to Vt). Essex is a quaint little village.

In Grand Isle, there is a fish hatchery.

Edited: 10 June 2011, 05:38
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Casual fare restaurant in Burlington with beer? Vermont Pub and Brewery.

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6. Re: First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

In Burlingotn, renting bikes or roller blades and going north on the lakeside rec path is a fun activity for a couple of hours. The Flynn theater often has good live performances too.

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7. Re: First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

We leave tomorrow morning for Finger Lakes and then on to Burlington VT with sons 17 & 21. We plan to visit Shelburne Museum and Farm and Queen City Ghost walk. Also Oldcastle Theather in Bennington.

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8. Re: First time visitor - what to see/do with 2 teen boys

Enjoy your trip!

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