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8 family-friendly things to do on a rainy day on Lake Champlain

April showers may bring May flowers, but nothing is stopping your family from having a blast in Vermont’s Lake Champlain region

Chilly nights, sunny days and the occasional rain shower are ideal conditions for maple producers; but the later of three can be infuriating to the spring traveler. For a state recognized as a top recreational destination, rain is the enemy—especially if you are traveling with kids.  There is nothing worse than being stuck in a hotel room with rowdy kids and a gloomy view of Lake Champlain.

Fear not!  Contrary to what you may think, there is plenty to do indoors when Mother Nature begins to act unfavorable here in the Lake Champlain region.

Here are eight things you and your family can do when it starts to rain:

1. ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

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Encouraging scientific discovery and Lake Champlain preservation, ECHO is a hands-on, non-profit organization where your kids can meet all the unique Lake Champlain’s critters, play and learn together at Champ Lane, or explore space with ECHO latest exhibit, My Sky.   

2.  Shelburne Museum

From the steamboat Ticonderoga and Circus Building to Webby’s Art Studio and Owl Cottage Activity Center, there is no shortage of things to do for families at Shelburne Museum.  

3. Vermont Comedy Club

Get ready to laugh because Vermont Comedy Club’s Good Clean Fun! is a family friendly improv show you won’t want to miss.  Performing throughout the month, this improv troupe helps chase your families’ rainy day grumps away with a belly-laughing of a great time.  

4. Lake Champlain Chocolates

Got a sweet tooth? Take a tour and taste some chocolate at Lake Champlain Chocolates. Learn all about how chocolate is made, see the Chocolate Sculptress at work, and indulge in some of Vermont’s finest treats. 

5. Vermont Teddy Bear

Vermont Teddy Bears are meticulously-designed, handcrafted and adorably cute, and with their factory tour, your family can see how all these warm, lovable best friends are made.  Be sure to stop by their factory store on the way out to make your very own, customized bear friend!  

6. Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour

There is nothing more Vermont than Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Learn how two Vermont guys went from getting picked last for kickball in gym class to creating a ice cream giant, watch the assembly line in action, and grab yourself a sample–or two.

7. Jay Peak

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Climbing gym, movie theater, indoor ice arena and an indoor waterpark? Jay Peak Resort is more than a ski resort but the perfect solution for high-energy kids and rainy weather.

8. Petra Cliffs

The weather might prevent you from hiking a mountain, but Petra Cliffs Indoor Climbing Center makes sure you still get to test your strength and conquer your fear of heights. With climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities, Petra Cliffs caters to every member of your family effortlessly.

The rain isn’t stopping your family from having a blast in the Lake Champlain region. Join us this spring and book your trip today!