ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, lake aquarium and science center committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. Founded in 2003, ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont’s first LEED certified building. This innovative science center and aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors to positively impact the world around them. ECHO is the public face of the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7 acre environmental campus on the Burlington Waterfront.
This place is a must visit if you have kids. Clean, engaging, and small enough that you can go through the entire place in a couple of hours, or tarry if you care to. The animal exhibits are some of the best I've seen, and the staff here are knowledgeable and friendly. All of us, kids and adults alike had an excellent time here.
a very neat, though not huge, museum. Great for younger kids and includes a fun play area upstairs. When we visited there was a play area set up downstairs also including some huge foam blocks. Our little one loved watching the fish.
This is an absolute must see for EVERYONE! I used to go here as a wee lad(y)... My mum's would bring us kiddos to be educated, and there is infinite learning opportunities. Since, they have renovated, and made it quite the museum. (If that's what it's called...) I recently visited for a 'Teen Challenge, Vermont' GALA. There is a great space for events. I think Essex High school has hosted proms at this location, even. Go, learn, enjoy! 👍👍👍👍👍
M. I. Abbott
Luckily, saw on Channel 5, WPTZ, noon news that admission was free, for Martin Luther King's Birthday. Went at 3 p.m. and had a great time! Movie about the Artic, with Victor Garner narrating was excellent, 3D and only 20 minutes long. Sunset was beautiful!
Wonderful place to bring the kids. They always are making new learning centers and activities. They seem to really care about making it a wonderful place. I'd highly recommended going!