Burlington is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, nestled between the peaks of New York's Adirondacks and the gentle Green Mountains of Vermont. It has a rich and colorful history and offers vital cultural, intellectual, commercial and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. As the largest city in Vermont (40,000 people), Burlington offers the sophistication and conveniences of a larger metropolitan area and the comfort and feel of a small town. Travel past the campus of the University of Vermont, founded by Ira Allen in 1793. The classic campus overlooks the city of Burlington and is built around the traditional New England Green. The city’s prosperous growth in the 1800’s is reflected in the handsome mansions arrayed in tiers that slope eastward from the lake shore to the "hill section." Explore the Church Street Marketplace, an historic district which is now a pedestrian mall with shops, boutiques and restaurants to meet any taste. Proceed to the historic waterfront with some of the oldest buildings in town and Lake Champlain, the 6th largest freshwater lake in the United States. Native Americans, military, commercial and recreational navigators have plied the scenic waters of the 120-mile-long lake for thousands of years. Search for Champ, the lake's resident monster and marvel at the scenery. Visit ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Discover 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles and over 100 hands-on experiences. See the adjacent Lake Champlain Navy Memorial with heroic "Lone Sailor" statue. Travel past Ethan Allen’s grave to Winooski where 19th- and early-20th-century woolen mill overlooking the Winooski River have been renovated and now house shops, eateries, apartments and offices.