ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
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.
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...more
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.
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...more
Reviewed on 01/31/2013
We love going to the Echo Center as a family. While it is a bit pricey, I think it's worth it. The exhibits change regulargly and are always very entertaining. The staff is always friendly and prepared to tell us about the exhibits. We go around four times a year and I think that is plenty. It wouldn't be as special if we were to go every week. My six year old loves the sunken ship and digging for fossils. The irrigation/water play area...more
Reviewed on 01/28/2013
my children get bored with this place. they don't change things enough and i fell like they should have more fish tanks
Reviewed on 08/18/2012
My son and I used to visit Echo at least once a week between the ages of 3 and 5. He loved the playroom, the water center and looking at all of the animals! We had an annual pass so sometimes we would go for half and hour or sometimes 3 hours. I look forward to bringing my 1 year old to Echo soon!
Reviewed on 06/14/2012
We love ECHO, we have taken our son 3-4 times since he could walk. He loves the fish! We are excited to go again this summer!
Reviewed on 06/14/2012
When I worked with school-aged kids a couple years ago we went here often and they loved it! Very educational as well. The changing exhibits are nice to keep things interesting and playing in the water and pretending to do a weather report was always a big hit. The cost is kinda high and suggest bringing your own food as that's overpriced as well. I will likely wait to take my toddler here as I can't imagine him having enough to do to justify...more
Reviewed on 06/14/2012
Our family has purchased a membership because we love it. My preschooler and toddler love the water table, the big fish, snapping turtle, starfish table, and the playroom. It is great for all ages, which is hard to find!
Reviewed on 02/03/2012
I love going here with the family. Great hands-on an educational activities for all ages.