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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
1 College Street
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 864-1848

Ages: 1 and up

Cost: Adults $12.50 | Seniors & College Students $10.50 |Children ages 3-17 $9.50 |Under 2 FREE

Parking: Yes - Full day parking in ECHO's convenient lot is $8; $5 for ECHO Members.

Features: Shop, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Area, Snack Stand, Changing Tables, Restrooms

Discover the ecology, culture, history, and opportunities the Lake Champlain Basin has to offer! There are over 100 hands-on interactive exhibits for guest of all ages to enjoy. As well as 60 species of live fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Also be sure to check out the:

  • Echo Encounters (scavenger hunts for grades 2-8)
  • Live Animal Feedings
  • Movie Shorts
  • Story times
  • Special Events
  • Guest Speakers

 

EVENTS - Check the calendar to see what's happening before you plan your next visit.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES  - ECHO is offers birthday parties seven days a week! Book your two-hour birthday celebration inside ECHO or outside on the terrace overlooking Lake Champlain. Enhance your party with a private “live animal” demonstration or GO GREEN by adding ECHO’s colorful reusable cups, Frisbee plates and reusable straws that become take-home party favors. Parties at ECHO are fun and include full access to the entire aquarium and science center for all your guests!

CAMPS - ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps during summer break and school vacation weeks.

COUPONS -Save some money and click here for an admission coupon.

HOURS - Open year-round, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day.

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missmagpie

  • 5

Reviewed on 11/05/2008

Great downtown location with something for everyone. If you are looking to spend a few hours with your own kids or want to educate out of town guests about our Lake Champlain Basin, ECHO is good indoor day crowd-pleaser. From the water table to the weather station kids love the hands-on activities. Downstairs there is a changing exhibit room that always has something cool, yet educational. Even the cafe teaches kids about being green and how to recycle. Be sure to check the calendar, they always have story times, science crafts and more going on.

Other options for dining, all with in walking distance, are Skinny Pancake, Splash at the Boathouse (seasonal) and Burlington Bay. After that a walk on the bike path and your day is complete!
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GreenMtnGal

  • 3

Reviewed on 02/12/2015

Echo offers a fun and entertaining way to kill time with kiddos but at a price. I was surprised how pricey it was for the size of the venue. It's cute and offered something to do for my 15 month old and I on a REALLY cold day but I can easily see how it might be cost-prohibitive with a large family. Educational exhibits and enough to keep you busy for a little while but I imagine the older kids would get bored quickly.

Two things that struck me as odd. First, no changing table in the restroom. I resorted to putting her on the little table against the wall and putting a jacket under her head. Really not ideal and surprising being that it's a family-friendly place. And who was the "genius" who thought a water feature at knee level should go in the lobby by the coat rack? I kept trying to get myself bundled up and had to keep grabbing my toddler who thought it might be fun to play in before going outside. Argh!!

So, fun way to spend some time but I don't know that I'd go regularly unless I had a discount on admission.
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rebeccamomof2

  • 4

Reviewed on 02/11/2015

We've loved bringing the kids here since they could first walk. They love seeing the fish and turtles, playing at the water table, squishing the kinetic sand, or playing in the mini sailboat. They always have a blast! We went to Burton's learn to snowboard event this past spring and it was fabulous. The only drawback is the expense of admission:(

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maememories

  • 2

Reviewed on 06/15/2014

I really want to love it but it just is not worth the money. I would not pay the full amount to go here, instead get the pass from the library and that will help with some of the disappointment. We had gotten a season pass one year and went several times. The kids were bored an hour in and ready to go. We did however get great use out of the pass program where you go to other museums and use your annual membership for here. That was the only way I rationalized the amount I paid. Just an idea on admission, it's the same to go to the Boston kids museum. Now that is worth every penny!...more

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bluebingo

  • 4

Reviewed on 08/22/2013

This place is great very educational. Theres lots of things to see. They have a great cafe in the building. The only complaint I have is a little pricey.

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Mfamily412

  • 4

Reviewed on 08/20/2013

My kids love this place! My boys are 3&4yr old.. They never want to leave. I agree that it's pricey! I usually rent the day pass from my local library and get in for free! :)

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niftypeg

  • 2

Reviewed on 08/20/2013

Took my 3 year old there this past weekend to see the Larger the T- Rex exhibit. First we were charged $10 to park ( Very Pricey I thought) then Paid $37.50 for me my daughter and my boyfriend. They only had 5 dinosaurs. and we when though the whole place in 1 hour.(and remember I have a 3 year old) They need more stuff and make it more interesting. We wont be going back until they make it cheaper and make it more interesting.

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Rbkarp

  • 4

Reviewed on 08/20/2013

Love echo! It can get pretty crowded on the weekends, which is tough. Would also love to see lockers in the lobby & read the fine print on the pass. Museums within 90 miles do not have to participate in the science center exchange. Oh well, still love Echo, great rainy day activity!

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Mischka1628

  • 3

Reviewed on 08/19/2013

We're a little less enthusiastic about this museum. I like it and want to love it, but never quite delivers what we're looking for somehow, other than one of the few indoor activities available in the area on a rainy day.

That being said, it's fine, but never as great as we hope somehow. Hard to put my finger on it - maybe it's just a little lacking in focus and the hands-on activities never seem quite engaging for my kids. It's a strange mix of science and kids museum to me.

It's also a bit pricey to us, with a family of four. They always aim to upsell us an annual membership - which is something to consider if you travel around the region or country. You can get in free with membership at a variety of other science centers around the country, though sadly not the Montshire. But, Boston Science is covered, so that can make the membership pay for itself.

Also, some libraries have day passes you can check out for free entry, which is nice!
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katiebug_1530

  • 4

Reviewed on 08/19/2013

Its a fun place for a rainy day. Lots of interesting creatures to view. My kids are now 8 and 10 and I find that they are not as interested as they used to be. May be best for younger kids. I also wish the exhibits changed more frequently.

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