ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
Ages: 1 and up
Cost: Adults $14.50 | Seniors & College Students $12.50 | Children ages 3-17 $11.50 |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
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain 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, more than 100 interactive exhibits, and the new learning-through-play preschool space “Champ Lane.” 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 incredible exhibit, created especially for ages 0-6, engages children in science play and so much more. Caregivers and kids will find fun opportunities to play and learn together that support the healthy development of the whole child while creating lasting memories and a foundation for lifelong learning.
Check the calendar to see what's happening before you plan your next visit.
ECHO 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!
ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps during summer break and school vacation weeks.
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 08/21/2017
Great experience for the whole family. We loved it so we went back a week later to enjoy it some more!
Reviewed on 08/14/2017
I took my boys to the Echo center and they loved it. I hope to bring them back soon.
Reviewed on 08/14/2017
Brought my 4 yrs old daughter to ECHO and she loved it! Especially all of the activities in Champ Lane. They have big playhouses, a tree house, a big boat, and a ship to play in with some dress up clothes. The water table area is fun too. My daughter's favorite was the vet care area where she "helped" take care of stuffy snakes, frogs, and fish. She gave them "food", a check up, and looked at x-rays, all while wearing a white doctors jacket....more
Reviewed on 03/02/2016
I brought my two boys back for the 2nd time. They are currently 6 and 4 and the last time we went they were 1 and 3. I'm so impressed with the improvements. The new play space is amazing but I was most impressed with all the other interactive displays. Such a great fun and education day for all.
Reviewed on 11/05/2015
I accompanied my son's 2nd grade class on a field trip to ECHO for the Snowboard Experience exhibit. It is certainly a fitting exhibit for Vermont showing a visual history of snowboard shapes and designs, and has several fun hands-on activities for kids. The kids especially loved trying out the different balance boards, learning snowboard stances and building a snowboarding mountain out of magic sand. I recommend a visit to ECHO for this...more
Reviewed on 08/11/2015
Wish there was more hands-on exhibits. Geared for a narrow age group 4 - 8
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.
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:(
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...more