The ferry is a great way to get to New York State from Vermont. I grew up and worked on the ferries in college. Charlotte crossing is the best. It takes 20 minutes to cross the lake. It's fun to walk on the boat and have lunch or dinner and ice cream at a restaurant on the dock on the NY side, then ride back. It's a great evening, quiet thing to do. And it's cheap without your car.
Burlington is also nice. The boat ride is 1 hour each way.
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