The Da Vinci Science Center, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania is looking to create the Lehigh Valley’s first aquarium in downtown Easton with a proposed $130 million complex.
The potential site is a 3 acre plot currently home to a Days Inn Hotel said Lin Erickson, the Da Vinci Science Center’s executive director/CEO.
Looking to build a world-class science center to compete with the likes of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said the science center could provide a much needed boost for the city’s tourism business. With The Crayola Experience as the city’s current biggest draw, he is confident of the impact Da Vinci’s possible arrival could make.
Panto said, “We believe we need a second tourist attraction to bring Easton to the next level.”