ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington

#1 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Vermont
Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
Home to more than 70 species of amphibians, reptiles, and fish, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will give you an engaging education about the Lake Champlain Basin. Head into the action lab to build virtual mountains, lakes, and rivers with your hands, then take a virtual tour of Lake Champlain's most prominent features. In other exhibits, view displays containing lake inhabitants, such as frogs, snakes, turtles, and big fish, such as sturgeons. Make sure you check the schedule for the theater; films focus on topics such as species that inhabit the lake and surrounding area and Native American tribes indigenous to the region. Before you leave, look over the natural science-themed games and toys in the gift shop. Purchases here support the center's mission of preserving and educating people about Lake Champlain Basin. Plan your ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain visit and explore what else you can see and do in Burlington using our Burlington holiday planner.
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  • Such a great educational experience for kids including young teen and younger kids. Also educational for adults. Not cheap but considering the quality well worth it.  more »
  • Rainy day in Burlington with not much to do. Headed over to the ECHO. Without Advance purchase of tickets we had to wait until 1030 to get in. Due to COVID-19 only 75 people are allowed in the...  more »
  • ECHO is a fantastic, hands on experience for kids from 2 to preteens. There are 3 floors of exhibits, many are hands on. There are periodic events like feedings which are announced and the staff...  more »
  • Very nice place to take people, especially kids, that like lake animals. My teen girls love turtles and frogs and they really liked seeing those exhibits. Lots of fun activities for young kids and there's a nice outdoors area to eat or just look out over Lake Champlain's marina area.
  • Don't be ashamed of being older and going to this place without a child. It is absolutely mind blowing how fun this place is even for adults. My favorite part of echo is the "make your own weather broadcast" station. Very cute!!
  • Always a great place to visit when in Burlington. Excellent learning experience for the kids. Well maintained and clean. A couple of good hours spend here every time we go. Kids under 12 guaranteed to have a blast.
  • My kids (ages. 16 months and 3yrs) and myself LOVE this place. We have a membership here and go at least twice a month. It's a great place for a rainy day with lots of activities
  • Such a nice place for kids. We bought our 11 month and he loved it so much. Wish the staff were a little nicer or welcoming when you got their station. One wouldn't even talk to our son or let him touch the toy sea animals, we had to ask for him to touch, and he is able to stand and touch things. Other than that we plan on going there again next time we are in VT.

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