ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

One College Street

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits and events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day.


N Patrick Pierce

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ECHO is a fantastic place for all ages. What really shines about ECHO is the multitude of hands-on learning and exploration activities, especially for children. There is so much to learn about the nature of Lake Champlain. There are a number of aquariums and small exhibits. A few things to look for: the second floor kids play area is worth the membership, the library in the back is a wealth of information if you are a subject matter expert on Lake Champlain, and take a walk on the second floor outside deck to watch a beautiful sunset. Of course all the staff that I've encountered is very knowledgeable, kind, and ever-present for questions.

Dustin Giordani

Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

We had one day of bad weather while vacationing, but the ECHO Center really turned that around for the kids. Great place for them to have fun while inadvertently learning. 5 Stars

Marni Adhikari

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

My kids favorite place! Hours of educational entertainment for the whole family. Something for kids of all ages. Especially love Champ Lane for the little ones!

Pathin Blushweaver

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

It's not a full fledged spend the whole day museum but it doesn't need to be. Bring kids. Spend an hour or two. Then walk the waterfront.

Chris Ottum

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is a must visit place for families, or anyone interested in learning about the local ecology! I went with a group of friends, and really enjoyed ourselves. When we visited, there was a neat butterfly exhibit, definitely check it out while it's there!