Burlington, Vermont is the perfect dog-friendly getaway in New England. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Green Mountains in Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Burlington is a mecca for outdoor adventure, offering plenty of things to do with your four-legged friend. Paired with its laid back attitude and hip vibe, it’s an unbeatably welcoming destination for humans and dogs alike. Plus it’s conveniently located just two hours from Montreal, three and a half hours from Boston, and six hours from New York City.
Ready to pack your bags? Get your paws on my Dog Friendly Guide to Burlington, VT.
Best Time to Visit Burlington with your Dog
The best time to visit Burlington with your dog is when the weather is warm. Many of Burlington’s dog friendly restaurants and activities depend on having nice enough weather to be outside. Plus there’s nothing better than spending summer on the lakefront. The spring and fall shoulder seasons are also a nice time to visit. Temperatures are cooler but it’s still nice enough to be outside. Burlington is a top leaf-peeping destination in the fall, when the surrounding mountains come alive with the colors of the season.
Dog Friendly Restaurants & Bars in Burlington
American Flatbread got its start in Vermont and now has several locations across New England. Located just off of Church Street, their menu focuses on artisanal, wood-fired pizzas and cold local brews. Your pup is allowed on the full-service outdoor patio in the alley to the side of the building. Or you can order at the bar, grab a spot with your dog at one of the sidewalk picnic tables out front, and enjoy views of City Hall Park across the street.
the bagel cafe & deli
The Bagel Cafe & Deli is a no-frills breakfast place located a little outside of downtown. It opens at 6am and is situated right alongside the Burlington Greenway and Starr Farm Dog Park, so it’s a great place to fuel up before getting an early start on adventures with your dog. The super friendly staff even brought Roscoe a treat to enjoy on the outdoor patio. We were able to snag one of the tables under the covered awning when it started to rain.
Situated along the waterfront, Foam Brewers is the perfect spot for rest and refreshment as you’re biking the Burlington Greenway. Grab a snack at one of the food trucks and enjoy the laid-back vibe with your dog on either of the two outdoor beer gardens.
the skinny pancake
Steps away from Burlington’s waterfront, The Skinny Pancake serves up creative crêpes and delectable brunch with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Dogs are welcome to join you on the outdoor patio, which is where you’ll want to be on a nice day anyway. Although busy on the weekend, the line to order at the counter moves quickly and seating turns over often.
Serving up breakfast and lunch, The Spot offers a laid-back, surf shack vibe in a renovated 1950s gas station. 0ur dog Roscoe was joined by plenty of other four-legged friends on their pet friendly patio. They also have a location on the water in the Burlington city marina in the summer months.
waterworks food + drink
Waterworks Food + Drink is located at the charming Champlain Mill in the neighboring town of Winooski. Dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio. There’s not a bad view in the house, but call ahead to request a coveted table overlooking the Winooski River.
zero gravity craft brewery
Located on Pine Street in the South End Arts District, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery is a must-visit when in Burlington. Leashed dogs are welcomed on the sun-drenched outdoor beer garden and covered outdoor patio. It’s the perfect spot to refuel after a day biking the trails or exploring the waterfront.
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Dog Friendly Things to Do in Burlington
Church Street Marketplace
Stroll with your dog at Church Street Marketplace, one of New England’s most famous pedestrian (and pup) friendly malls. Many of the stores allow dogs, and some even offer treats and water bowls. Don’t miss Houndstooth, the local pet supply store “for pets and their people.” The owners will readily offer their favorite dog friendly things to do in Burlington. Worked up an appetite? Post up with your pooch at one of the many open-air cafes and sidewalk eateries.
burlington greenway bike/walk path
Part of the larger Island Line Rail Trail, the Burlington Greenway Bike/Walk Path is a multi-use paved path that runs north and south along Lake Champlain. Explore the spectacular sights along the shoreline on foot, or rent a bike from nearby Local Motion. Be sure to check out the dog parks, dog friendly breweries, and dog friendly Starr Beach along the way.
starr farm dog park
In case your dog isn’t already exhausted from all of your adventures, run off any excess energy at the Starr Farm Dog Park. This large fenced-in area is conveniently located off the Burlington Greenway Bike/Walk Path.
Dog Friendly Hotels in Burlington
made inn vermont
Made Inn Vermont, Burlington’s only historic bed and breakfast, is a home away from home for both you and your pet. It’s in the perfect location within walking distance of downtown. The owner will readily offer suggestions for pet friendly restaurants and things to do in Burlington. Start your day with coffee on the inn’s garden patio. End it with a view of the sun setting over Lake Champlain from the widow’s watch.
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