Burlington Community Boathouse. This boathouse houses the city's marina and a summertime watering hole called Splash, one of the best places to watch the sun set over the lake. Burlington Harbor, College St., Burlington, VT, 05401. 802/865–3377. www.enjoyburlington.com/waterfront.cfm.
Lake Champlain Shoreline Cruises. The three-level Spirit of Ethan Allen III, a 363-passenger vessel, offers narrated cruises, themed dinners, and sunset sails with stunning views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Burlington Boat House, 1 College St., Burlington, VT, 05401. 802/862–8300. www.soea.com. $16. Late May–mid-Oct., daily 10–9.
Community Sailing Center. In addition to renting dinghies, keelboats, and kayaks, the Community Sailing Center offers classes geared to all levels. 1 Lake St., Burlington, VT, 05401. 802/864–2499. www.communitysailingcenter.org.