2 Flynn Ave., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com Tennis, volleyball and bocce courts — and the occasional hipster kickball league — are draws at this beautiful South End park. The picnic pavilions, spacious lawns and clean beach are nice, too.
1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, shelburnefarms.org The landscape architect behind NYC’s Central Park designed the rolling acres of this working farm, once the agricultural estate of wealthy Vanderbilt descendants. Go here to hike the lakeside trails or brunch like you’re a 19th-century millionaire at the manor home, now an inn.
Waterfront Park 10 College St., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com The crown jewel of Burlington’s shoreline district is Waterfront Park, a sprawling, grassy destination for sunbathers, Frisbee and kite enthusiasts, or those who simply want to stroll the scenic boardwalk for a view of the Adirondacks. Major bands headline tented concerts here from spring to fall. Grab yourself a creemee from nearby Burlington Bay Market & Café and see if you can score one of the coveted swingy benches.
WINOOSKI RIVER WALK Downtown Winooski
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A scenic walkway winds easily along the Winooski River for views of the falls and the Champlain Mill. There’s also a canoe launch nearby for paddling downstream to the lake.