RECREATION AROUND TOWN
The Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center is another means for athletic play with fitness classes, full-sized gymnasium, adult and children’s programs and camps, and space rental for your active events. Of course, the Burlington Country Club spanning the southern end of Prospect Street and East to Spear Street, offers 18-holes, pool, tennis, clubhouse, restaurant, and bar, all set amongst beautifully maintained rolling hills with breathtaking views. BCC is utilized for seasonal and special events from conferences, social events, and reunions to weddings.
CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE
Church Street Marketplace is the lifeblood of downtown Burlington. This pedestrian only center of the action (the first pedestrian-only commercial center in North America) offers shopping, dining, and services, all easily accessed from the surrounding residential neighborhoods. The Marketplace is pivotal to a number of annual events, from the Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade to the Jazz Festival and First Night. On Church Street, you’re sure to experience talented buskers, delectables from a variety of food carts, rotating public art, live music, and the best people watching around from any number of sidewalk eateries. From the abundance of the Burlington Farmers Market to political protest, to Burlington City Art’s lunchtime musical performances, Burlington’s City Hall Park marks one end of Church Street.
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Chittenden County Courthouse roughly flank City Hall Park on opposite corners. On the opposite end of this four-block center of the action is the iconic fulcrum of downtown, the First Unitarian Universalist Society church, which is host to any number of community events. Burlington’s highly liberal demographic supports all faiths, and several of the city’s most recognizable structures are the houses of worship surrounding the Marketplace.
Although Church Street Marketplace draws the majority of residents and visitors for its shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities, in adjacent neighborhoods you’ll find a number of small businesses that have become the pride of the city establishments. From the studio spaces, galleries, vintage and antique dealers of the South End Arts District (also home to big businesses Dealer.com and Lake Champlain Chocolates), to the variety of authentic international cuisines, coffee shops, and bakeries of the Old North End, to the innovative re-use of old public facilities to create a slew of modern residential rentals along North Avenue in the New North End, each neighborhood continues to draw crowds excited to experience the variety Burlington has to offer.
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