As another fantastic Vermont Summer winds down, we still have a few precious weeks left to enjoy this stunning weather and spend as much time outside as possible. While there are a plethora of noteworthy activities in Vermont while the climate is accommodating, some people just want to spend a day in a park. We’ll go through some of the top-tier parks in Chittenden County and where to go depending on what you’re looking for. It’s time to enjoy some sunshine!
If you’re hoping to enjoy a great day on the water during your park excursion, there are an abundance of options. There are a few spots in Burlington worth checking out when the sun is out. The first stop is Oakledge Park, which has a beach, picnic tables, tennis courts, walking trails, playground, and restroom facilities. North Beach Park offers similar amenities, with a beach, playground, bike path access, plus a restaurant and bar area open during the Summer! Leddy Park, in the New North End of Burlington, offers beachgoers a more quiet beach day, while still offering picnic tables, sports fields, tennis courts, restrooms, and it’s even dog friendly! Enjoy the added space and views afforded at the Sand Bar State Park in Milton. Any of these parks will provide you with an amazing day of lake fun.
If a fun hike with rewarding views is what you’re after, we have plenty of suggestions for that as well. Located in Charlotte, Vermont, Mount Philo State Park offers easy trails, camping opportunities, and breathtaking views. Situated along Browns River in Underhill, you’ll find Mills Riverside Park. Enjoy trekking along over 200 acres of land with open meadows and views of Mount Mansfield. If you’re looking for a great view without having to hike, head over to Overlook Park in South Burlington, known for its great views of Lake Champlain and easy access.
You can find great recreational activities all over the place at parks in this area, although there are a couple we’d choose to highlight. Maple Street Park in Essex has everything from playgrounds, trails, volleyball courts, a skate park, and even a pool! Rossignol Community Park in Williston offers visitors basketball, baseball, tennis, pickleball, and a playground! You are sure to have a great day if venturing to either of these locations.
In anticipation of a long winter of dog coats and snowy paws, it’s important to let your furry friend soak up the warm weather while they can. While most parks in the area are dog friendly, sometimes we want a place specifically made for our pups. There are plenty of dog parks that your animal is sure to enjoy. If you’re looking for a park with a fenced-in area for the dogs, go to Essex Dog Park or Starr Farm Dog Park. Both options have both big and little dog areas, and Starr Farm even has a dog agility course! If you prefer to let your dog roam off-leash, Vermont has the perfect spot for you, although it’s a bit of a hike from Chittenden County – Dog Mountain. Located in St Johnsbury, this temple to the dog allows your animal ample room to run around and mingle. If you’re willing to make the drive, this park is sure to make your pup one happy and tired animal by the end of the day.
We hope you get outside over the next month or so and enjoy some fresh air, perfect temperatures, and sunny days. If you spend the day exploring Chittenden Counties' parks, send a photo to Clientcare@polliproperties.com and we’ll feature you on our social media!