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Perkins Pier

Address: 1 LaValley Lane, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone Number: 802-865-7247
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Ranked #15 of 25 Attractions in Burlington
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks

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Burlington, Vermont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Many years ago (like in the 1990s) the railroad had this large, ugly, un-walkable, crap-zone that trains didn't even use, called the rail-yard (or something) We people in Burlington hardly knew we had a waterfront, but we could see we had a large, beautiful, clean lake. Except we could not get there from Downtown. For some reason, the elected officials... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

After a wonderful stroll along the bike path, the pier is a great place to finish the evening with a gorgeous sunset. Restaurants are nearby, so you can eat before or after your stroll, and the Boathouse has public restrooms. Bring a frisbee and enjoy the Green, a picnic lunch, or just a blanket and a book. Relax and start... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Perkins Pier is the birthplace of Burlington. The first wharf called the Salt Dock was built there in 1810. There is a great plaque out at the end that explains Burlington's history as a lumbering port in the 19th century. The Stone Store building at the end of the wharf dates back to 1827. It is constructed of sandstone quarried... More 

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South Burlington, Vermont
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Sit and watch the waterfront boating activity, or rent a kayak for a more intimate experience. Perhaps the Lois McClure will be docked and you will get a guided tour of a replica of a historical working sailboat.

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Burlington, Vermont
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

this out of the way pier is wonderful for take out dining while you watch the sun set. watch the ferries, sailboats, motorboats, and kayaks cruise along the lake. excellent vistas of new york. peaceful and serene. and free parking!!

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Burlington, Vermont
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We end up here all year round, to check out the sunset on nice days or the wild weather on other days. Boats come in and out of the harbor, and there's a bar with live music.

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Burlington, Vermont
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Perkins Pier has a lot to offer--amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, access to the Burlington Bike Path, small playground, lawns and benches, near Waterfront Park, in-season boat rentals and restrooms, and public parking. Not a place to spend hours but a good spot for a picnic or brief visit. As locals we come here often with our... More 

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