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Spotlight On: South Burlington

 

A Taste of Local Craft Brews

The crew form City Bew Tours points at their tour van

The Burlington community is home to many well-known breweries. To give them each a try, visit City Brew Tours, located on Williston Road in South Burlington. Get behind their moto “you drink, we drive” and book your Burlington craft beer tour. Highlights on the tour include Magic Hat Brewing Company, Switchback Brewing Company, and Queen City Brewery. Check out their website below!

https://www.citybrewtours.com/burlington/

 

Live Music and Performances

higher ground music venue is lit up during a full concert

The performance venue staple, Higher Ground, is also found on Williston Road. Year round, this popular venue hosts thousands of artists from all walks of music. Popular artists include Grace Potter, The Avett Brothers, Houndmouth and so many more. Higher Ground, in partnership with the Champlain Valley Exposition, started a new drive-in event series during COVID-19. Additionally, join Higher Ground and Grace Potter for the annual Grand Point North Music Festival!

https://www.highergroundmusic.com/

 

Ben & Jerry's Famous Ice Cream

Ben & jerry's factory

South Burlington is home to the corporate offices and headquarters of the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! The company, founded in 1978 by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, hosts their factory in Waterbury, VT, just 30 minutes from South Burlington. Stop by their store on Church Street in Burlington for a taste of your favorite scoop!

https://www.benjerry.com/waterbury

 

A Whale of a Tail

Whale Tail sculpture in South Burlington, Vermont off of interstate 89

Steps from the Ben and Jerry headquarters, in Technology Park, is the landmark Whales Tails sculpture. Seen by thousands every day from Interstate I-89, this sculpture is actually named “Reverence” and was created in 1989 by artist Jim Sardonis. Take a relaxing walk to visit this best roadside attraction – bonus points to those who visit during the winter for the annual lighting ceremony! Click the link below to read more about the story

https://technologyparkvt.com/the-story-of-the-whales-tails/

 

Scenic Vermont Views

Overlook park in South Burlington, Vermont boasts scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains

South Burlington has so many fun parks and recreational areas to explore! Two popular options are Red Rocks Park and Overlook Park. “Red Rocks,” as it’s known by locals, is best known for cliff jumping and scenic views. The park also has 2.5 miles of pedestrian trails, fantastic spots for swimming on its 700 feet of water front, having a picnic, and more. Overlook park is found off of Spear Street and is best known for its beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

http://www.southburlingtonvt.gov/parks_and_facilities/city_parks/redrockspark.php

 

*BONUS* 

a plane flies into Burlington International Airport during a sunset

DID YOU KNOW: Though owned by the city of Burlington, the Burlington International Airport is actually located in South Burlington. This airport is also home to the Burlington Air National Guard Base and the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard.

 

 

Creative Ideas for Trick or Treating

Oh, COVID! Don’t let a pandemic ruin your Halloween fun. We have compiled a list of safe alternatives to the costume-clad kiddos ringing your doorbell. They're so good – you might end up using them year after year!

 

Table Service

Decorate an extra table laying around the house and set it on your sidewalk or the end of your driveway. The more festive, the better. Set out a big bowl of your favorite individually wrapped treats and let the fun begin! Just remind guests to approach one at a time. This alternative works well - you can either set it and forget it or hang out in your lawn chair and wave hello!

 

Make a Chute

What better way to serve candy from inside your house then a DIY candy chute! Use whatever you have available for the chute. Sturdy cardboard, PVC pipe, and strong craft rolls will work best for structure - bonus points if it’s see-through. Be sure to decorate it with lights and all your favorite Halloween characters. The kids will have a blast watching the candy fly through the chute!

 

Turn it into a Game

This one is sure to attract attention! Fire candies or other treats right from your front porch or window. Use whatever you have around, maybe it’s a slingshot, t-shirt cannon, Nerf gun, or all of the above. Whoever gets the most trick or treaters to catch a piece in their buckets wins. Or, make a bullseye in the front yard! Who doesn’t love a little Halloween themed competition?

 

Candy Delivery

Do you have a remote-control car, drone or even train laying around? Turn your remote-control car into a spider, your drone into a flying bat or your train into a slithering snake. Pack it with fresh batteries and use it to deliver candy! You can distance yourself as much as you’d like with this trick and everyone – kids and adults– is entertained!