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Outdoor Destinations for Vermont Summer Fun

Dan Bolles Sep 11, 2018 10:00 AM
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Burlington Surf Club

Burlington Surf Club

32 Lakeside Ave., Burlington, burlingtonsurfclub.com

Newly opened in 2018, the Burlington Surf Club is a semiprivate beach club offering a variety of active water sports — think standup paddleboarding, windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing. In addition to discounts on equipment rentals, membership includes access to the club's serene lakeside spread and the chance to take part in weekly group activities — like SUP yoga, which, apparently, exists. Nonmembers can pay a day-use fee and get some of the same perks.

Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark

Waterfront Park, Burlington, enjoyburlington.com

Hit up Burlington's world-class concrete skate park for its rails, ramps, boxes, half-bowl and half-pipe. Dedicated to the late local DJ and skateboarder Andy "A_Dog" Williams, it's located just off the waterfront bike path.

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

1239 Edwards Rd., Jefforsonville, arbortrek.com

Get a bird's-eye view of the Green Mountains while shooting down 4,500 feet of zip lines at Smugglers' Notch Resort. Don't have a need for speed? Try the treetop obstacle course.

Bingham Falls

Route 108, Stowe

When Lake Champlain inevitably sprouts an algae bloom, head to this not-so-secret gem. It's a bit of a trek getting there, but the majestic 25-foot waterfall and clear, cold waters are worth it.

Center Chains Disc Golf Course

116 Maple St., Waterbury Center

Disc golf courses are popping up all over Vermont, but this popular, well-maintained spot is the gold standard. The mountain views are hard to beat.

Community Sailing Center

505 Lake St., Burlington, communitysailing.org

For old salts, the recently expanded and remodeled Community Sailing Center offers a variety of dinghies and keelboats for rental, in addition to canoes and paddleboards. Don't know the difference between a mainsheet and mainsail? Sign up for a lesson.

Mount Mansfield

vtstateparks.com

At 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield is the tallest mountain in the state. There are numerous climbs to the summit, but we prefer the Sunset Ridge Trail from Underhill State Park. Much of the 3.3-mile trek is above the treeline, which guarantees truly jaw-dropping views.