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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

One College Street

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits and events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day.


Michelle N

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The kids enjoyed this education center. Frogs, turtles & fish, learning about lake Champlain. We saw a 3D movie on sharks. We paid extra for that but the ladies made sure we got the best admission pkg to be cost effective. They held our purchases from the gift shop behind the desk so we didn't have to carry it around the center.

Leviathan Xyzzy

Monday, May 28, 2018
I love this place, both as a child, a teenager, and a young adult. I've made trips here once a year and I always love to see the exhibits. It's a great place for all age groups. Not too smart for a child, nor too unintelligent for an adult. There's plenty of interactive exhibits, and a place where you can touch sea life. Highly recommend this place.

Timothy Schad

Friday, May 4, 2018
Excellent exhibits and knowledgeable staff. Much information about Lake Champlain ecology and many displays featuring local flora and fauna make this a treasured local museum. A little pricey for a single visit but membership options are good if you live locally. Generally better for younger visitors (up to maybe 10 or 12 yo). Many hands-on, interactive options to explore this unique biome. Pair this with one of several good nearby restaurants or some exploring in the neighboring waterfront park and you'll have a day of fun for the whole family.

Christopher Brockway

Monday, June 25, 2018
The staff is friendly and knowledgable and you can tell they enjoy their jobs. The place and exhibits inside are great but the place is definitely made more for kids. As an adult it can still be fun and you'll definitely enjoy yourself but I just wish there were more activities and exhibits geared toward higher age groups. If you have kids though they will most likely have a fantastic time visiting ECHO.

Tianna Kerg

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Definitely geared more towards kids. It's interesting, but if you're an adult, I can't imagine spending more than maybe an hour tops here. I was out in about half an hour. Very interesting for kids though. Worth it if you have little ones.

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