Last weekend, my family and I went on our first trip to Vermont. We stayed at the fabulous Essex Resort and Spa. We wanted to make the most out of our trip so we scouted out some family friendly attractions and activities. There were so many things to do that we couldn’t do it all. Guess that means we are going to have to take another trip back!
Kid Friendly Things to Do in Burlington, Vermont
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center provides exceptional access to the remarkable, unique, and sometimes fragile ecosystem of the Lake Champlain Basin. With over 70 species of live fish, amphibians, inverterbrates, and reptiles, ECHO strives to educate, entertain, and inspire visitors with messages of positive actions of stewardship to help guests make a difference in their own lives and in their communities.
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour: The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour shows you how the Best Bears in the Universes are born. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes view of our working Factory and will see ﬁrst hand how they create their beautiful Bears – from cutting and stitching to stufﬁng and sewing. Led by Bear Ambassadors, their interesting and educational tours run daily. After the tour, browse for gifts and souvenirs in the Bear Shop and create your own Make a Friend for Life® Teddy Bear. The factory is open year round (7 days a week) except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day.
Lake Champlain: If your kids love boats, you will want to check out Lake Champlain. While you are there, make sure you look for Champ!
Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory Tours: Experience freshly gourmet chocolates and the learn the story from bean to chocolate to you! Also, find out why Lake Champlain Chocolates are sought after and sold nationwide.
Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour: The Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour is fun and educational for all ages! Find out how two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, turned a $5 correspondence course on ice-cream making into a global ice cream phenomenon. Their non-traditional and caring approach to business made Ben & Jerry’s one of the most recognized and admired companies in America.
Shelburne Farms: Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit education organization whose mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future. Their campus is a 1,400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Check out the children’s farmyard including a chicken parade, milk a cow, and brush a sheep.