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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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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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NicoleVT

  • 5

Reviewed on 07/27/2013

My children love Echo camps. We have done vacation camps and summer camps. This year my two sons and my nephew attended the Mindcraft camp.

This was a cross between technology and the science behind the game (from my understanding). The boys spent time understanding the game from a tech point of view, did some crafts that involved pixels and cels, went on two field trips - including one to Champlain College where they learned about what it takes to make a video game.

At the end of every day, all three expressed how much they enjoyed the day. And, all three hope that they offer the camp again next year!
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palaflamme@hotmail.com

  • 5

Reviewed on 02/04/2013

Wonderful place to go for hands on activities; they also have new exhibits all the time. Beautiful location on Lake Champlain.

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naturlvr

  • 4

Reviewed on 02/01/2013

I had a wonderful time at the ECHO center and my 3 year old did as well. The ONLY reason I'm not giving this is that it is too expensive for us to go as much as we want. A great solution would be a membership, which is also a bit pricey for us at this time. Perhaps when my children are older it will be a more viable option.

But one of the great things about winter is that ECHO participates in a lot of the festivals and that includes reduced admission fees. We are always on the look out for those. The education centers and play area there are superb, I just wish it wasn't so pricey....more

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