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
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.
3. Vermont Comedy Club
Get ready to laugh because Vermont Comedy Club’s Good CleanFun! is family friendly improv show you won’t want to miss. Performing throughout the month, this improv troupe helps cause 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 Comedy Club
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 & 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.
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.