North Beach



52 Institute Rd, Burlington, VT 05408 Visit Website


Cost: Free entry for walkers and bike riders. Parking: Yes

North Beach is located on the shore of Lake Champlain next to the Burlington Bike Path. Amenities include a large sandy beach, grassy picnic area with grills and picnic tables, a full service snack bar open daily 11am-6pm, rest rooms and foot showers. Lifeguard on duty to August 22nd and weekends until Labor Day.

North Beach Picnic Pavillion can accomodate groups of up to 70-80 for parties, barbeques and meetings.

Canoe Imports rents stand up paddle boards, canoes and single, double and tandem kayaks.

The campground has restrooms, showers, 29 full hook-ups, 39 electric and water hook-ups, and 69 tent sites. Tent and RV sites are available May through mid-October. Call 802-862-0942 for details and reservations.

North Beach has a beach wheelchair available for use by the public - inquire about availability at the lifeguard station.

Open: May 1 through Labor Day: Lifeguard coverage from 1100-6:00pm, June 19-August 21 and weekends up until Labor Day depending upon weather.



7 reviews
  • August 22, 2013
    "This is a great beach to go to with the family. Even when the beach is crowded there's still plenty of room for the kids on the jungle gym. The facilities are always clean. I love that it's right off the bike path we usually ride from leddy beach to North Beach."
    - bluebingo
  • August 13, 2012
    "Nice downtown beach in Burlington, but can get extremely crowded in the summer. Their playground is one of the best around though and definitely worth a trip if you need something to do in the spring or fall and are not quite ready to hit the water. Rest roomschanging rooms, a pavilion, snack bar and lots of life guards on duty make this a great place for families, although it can become quite congested. "
    - paddlekat
  • August 13, 2012
    "We went to North Beach this year because it was so close to our house. The nice part about it is It's flat rate charge per vehicle, not per person like state parks. Plenty of parking even though the beach was packed There's a great playground for the kids Negative part As you get closer to the end of the beach towards the trails, there's more litter, quite a few beer cans, lots of can tabs, some glass. They do rake the beach which is nice, but the pile at the end is definatly an eye sore, with all the rubish and articles of clothing there was a bright pink bra on the heap So, if you'd like to have a great time at this beach stay towards the center of the beach and away from the right end."
    - rdulude
  • August 17, 2011
    "This is a great beach, although can get quite crowded in the summer. The best time to go is around 10am when the crowds haven't come yet. It has a great playground and lots of sand. The water quality can be questionable at times, but it's a great place for kids to wade."
    - mpc
  • August 19, 2008
    "We spent a day with the family and friends on the beach. Great fun and tons to do. Can't wait to go back!! A nice SANDY beach, a fun playground, food service at the snack bar or they have grills for the bring your own type. Lifeguards on duty. Ample parking. Fee to enter the park is 6."
    - the d bird
  • August 2, 2008
    "We went to North Beach with our young children and friends and had a great time. The beach is perfect for young and old, having a nice sandy bottom and fairly shallow depth until well out. Convenient snack bar and decent bathrooms with changing areas. Nice picnic areas and a playground for the little ones. Perfect for the family on a sunny day. Parking right in front of the beach is very convenient. For 6 it is a great way to spend the afternoon! Lake temp was perfect."
    - staubster
  • July 16, 2008
    "I kayaked thru Umiak at North Beach with my two kids, ages 7 8. We rented one tandem for 4 hrs and had a great time paddling around. Very good service courteous and flexible. It's a great convenient setup, with rentals right on the water, therefore fast and easy to get the boats and vests and get into the water. Plenty of cool stuff to explore on Lake Champlain, especially the shoreline to the north... paddle around the point to find cool rocks cliffs. We landed the boat and got out for some private swimming and jumping off shoreline boulders. Kids loved it, so did I. Next time they can paddle themselves!"
    - KenM

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