As college semesters come to an end throughout the city, students head out to find summer work, travel to foreign countries to get some perspective or stay right in their college town to see how the other half lives. Often staying in Burlington for the summer give students the chance to get the know their way around the city better as well as introduces them to Burlington’s many off campus treasures.
Among Burlington’s many gifts are the waterfront parks, including Oakledge, Red Rocks and North Beach. Oakledge has a fantastic cove for swimming as well as sweeping greens for endless bocce ball games and whiffle ball tournaments. Red Rocks is a college favorite with cliff jumping and expansive lake views. North Beach, with its sandy shore, is the perfect spot to catch some rays or if you’re the more adventurous type, set up camp for a weekend getaway and grab a kayak for some fine Lake Champlain paddling. If you want to get out of the heat, Leddy Park Arena offers public ice skating and hockey lessons after mid-June and there are art galleries throughout the city. There are tons of things to do in Burlington at night, including fine dining on Church Street, the Battery Park Free Concert Series, and beer and live music on the waterfront, just to name a few.
Outside of the city, there are also some special Burlington college haunts. An old favorite is Richmond’s Huntington Gorge, frequented by students and locals alike. The gorge’s incredible beauty, stunning rock formations and cool and shady atmosphere make it a fantastic place to get out of the sun and enjoy Vermont at the same time. While it is reputedly a dangerous and potentially fatal to swim and cliff jump in high water, it is a lovely place to be when practicing safe behaviors. Historical sites such as Shelburne Farm and UVM’s Morgan Horse Farm give opportunities for students to continue learning and exploring the region.
Student who stay in Burlington in the summer are bound to have a delightful time whether they are enjoying the waterfront, the countryside or downtown activities. Burlington’s natural splendor and countless recreational opportunities create an atmosphere designed to entertain and please in every season, but summer in particular provides a wealth of options for good times and great memories.
For more information on what to do with your summer in and just outside of Burlington, check out these websites:
Summer fun in Burlington:
Oakledge Park & Beach: http://www.enjoyburlington.com/Parks/OakledgePark.cfm
North Beach: http://www.enjoyburlington.com/northbeach.cfm
-North Beach Campground
With 69 tent sites, 29 full hook-ups 39 electric and water hookups and amenities including restrooms, showers and picnic grounds, North Beach is a fantastic way to get away from the hubbub of the city, while still staying within walking distance of the waterfront and Burlington nightlife.
-North Beach Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Leddy Park and Ice Skating, http://www.enjoyburlington.com/leddypark.cfm
Battery Park Free Concert Series: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/Battery_Park_Concerts/
Shelburne Farms: http://shelburnefarms.org
UVM Morgan Horse Farm: www.uvm.edu/morgan/
Huntington Gorge: http://www.northeastwaterfalls.com/waterfall.php?num=178&p=0
For students who are still seeking summer employment, have a look at these websites for more information:
www.careerjet.com/summer-jobs/vermont-396.html, www.CollegeHelpers.com, www.groovejob.com, www.coolworks.com