South Burlington, Vermont

South Burlington, Vermont

South Burlington is a modern metropolitan district with excellent contemporary retail establishments and social life amenities. With numerous small and medium-sized green spaces dispersed around the city, it is also called "the city of parks." 

Geography Of South Burlington

Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain near South Burlington.

Located in Vermont's Chittenden County, South Burlington is surrounded by scenic nature, with the mountains and Lake Champlain only a short drive away. The area comprises several suburban communities and a commercial hub that is being transformed into a downtown. The University Mall, the state's biggest mall, is also located there. The city features a public park and beach called "Red Rocks" that borders Lake Champlain. South Burlington also includes a sizable section of Lake Champlain, located west of Burlington, and stretches to the border with New York. The city covers 29.6 square miles (76.6 km2), of which 16.5 square miles (42.7 km2) is land and 13.1 square miles (33.9 km2) is water, according to the US Census Bureau.


South Burlington has a warm-summer humid continental climate. It is partly cloudy all year round, with warm, rainy summers and icy, snowy winters. The average annual temperature ranges from 12°F to 81°F; it is rarely below -7°F or over 89°F. Even in the driest month, it rains a lot. The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, with July being the hottest month of the year, with an average daily high temperature of above 70°F. With an average daily high temperature below 38°F and January being the coldest month of the year, the cold season lasts for 3.3 months. On average, the city receives 37 inches of rain and 74 inches of snow annually. 

Brief History Of South Burlington 

South Burlington High School.

On June 7, 1763, New Hampshire initially allocated the region of South Burlington as a portion of Burlington township. Around 1785, the town of Burlington was established. The unincorporated community of Burlington was granted city status in 1865. The remaining part of the town was named South Burlington. Later, in 1971, the area of South Burlington was also constituted as a city. Today, South Burlington is the 2213rd largest city in the United States and the second largest city in Vermont, with a 2020 population of 20,770.  

Top Attractions In South Burlington

South Burlington Mall
South Burlington Mall. Editorial credit: Bob LoCicero /

South Burlington is one of the state's most culturally rich and naturally beautiful urban areas. There are attractions and activities for all ages ranging from adventurous boat rides to museums steeped in history to cute local cafes and eateries. A few of them are listed below: 

University Mall 

It is one of two enclosed malls in the Burlington metropolitan region and is the largest shopping center in Vermont at 610,693 square feet (56,735 m2). A food court and two sit-down restaurants are among the mall's 77 stores.

Douglas Cairns Arena

The Douglas Cairns Arena in South Burlington is great for showcasing your prowess on the ice. Ice hockey games played here are quite popular. For those who simply want to unwind, there is a quaint cafe bordering the ice rink offering great views of the action on ice.

Higher Ground

Higher Ground is the perfect blend of fun, good times, music, and beer. One of the state's best music venues, Higher Ground in downtown South Burlington, never fails to impress. Performances here range from lone acoustic ones to full-fledged funky bands, making every music-hungry soul happy.

Overlook Park

Overlook Park has all that nature offers in terms of beauty and amenities. The 1.7-acre Overlook Park is to the west of Spear Street. The Park offers breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.  

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