ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, ECHO is Vermont's innovative science and nature museum on Lake Champlain waterfront. The museum's mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, the wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. Discover over 100 interactive family experiences, 70 live species, seasonal changing exhibits, and our Northfield Savings Bank immersive 3D Theater. New in 2020, ECHO has been reinvented by all new permanent and highly interactive science exhibits, Awesome Forces and Engineer It. Visitors of all ages tackle daily engineering challenges at our tinkering bench and test zones as well as delight in discovering the amazing processes that have shaped the Lake Champlain Basin and our Earth.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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gostartraveler
Forked River, NJ1,923 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
What a great place! We got here later than I wanted, getting here at 3 (and they close at 5), but kid enjoyed the two hours here, building and racing a Lego racer, role playing in the Champ Lane area, and looking at the fish. Just enough time, although we could have spent longer. One of our regrets is that we didn't have enough time to watch a 3D movie, which looked interesting. Due to construction, the ECHO parking lot is inaccessible, but we parked at the adjacent lot (cards only, $10 for our stay, and there was only one price option; it wasn't per hour.) We'll definitely be back and stay longer next time we're in the area.
Written August 25, 2021
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frozenrop5
Attleboro MA54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
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 facility at once. There was no fee to get in however donations were suggested.

Two floors local knowledge and lake ecosystems information including turtles frogs snakes and fish. They also offered a 20 minute movie on reefs, which was rather informative and engaging for the kids. Lastly, they have a STEM area for children to learn by playing. This time it was coding which both my 9 and 6 year old enjoyed.
Written August 30, 2020
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DEP3
Binghamton, NY330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
A fabulous science center that kids and adults will love. Lots of hands-on activities and fun learning opportunities. Also 3-D nature films for an extra charge. Free live demonstrations ( when we were there, a naturalist went around with a rat snake and talked about it , with lots of kids interaction). One. can easily spend hours here without children or adults getting bored. Has terrace that overlooks Lake Champlain outfitted with Adirondack chairs for taking a break.
Not inexpensive but if you have membership in another affiliated science museum, admission is free.
Definitely worthwhile visiting when you are in Burlington.
Written June 22, 2021
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MK_in_VT
Burlington, VT406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Roaring 20's dance at Echo was such a blast; with two bands, one of which was an 18 piece big band, several bars throughout the entire museum, passed hor d'oeurves (bacon and chocolate)! - all in and around the interestingly lit rooms and displays on two floors inside the museum. Lots of people - lot of dancing- lot's of fun. They should do this annually!
Written January 7, 2020
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Thanks so much for your review. The Roaring '20s party was part of the Highlight Event, Burlington's city wide New Year's celebration and the creation of Jaquline Rieke aka Nutty Steph. We plan to continue this partnership with Signal Kitchen and Burlington City Arts, hosting a party and other day time events annually. I am not sure what the theme of the party will be next year but I am sure it will be a blast!
Written January 9, 2020
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY1,920 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
To me I would say this doesn't have much of an appeal to adults who do not have children with them. They have a handful of exhibits on the 1st floor dealing with the fish and other creatures that live in Lake Champlain. The second floor has some other exhibits mainly the animals that live around the lake; turtles, snakes, frogs etc. The rest of the floor is a lot of interactive exhibits which seemed to appeal to the younger set. I probably spent less than an hour here.

They do have 3-d movies but they are an extra $5 and run about 20 minutes or so. Admission was $18. The parking nearby has 2 lots one I think was hourly but was full when I went there, I ended up in the train station lot which was a flat $10 to park.
Written November 5, 2023
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Gregory M
Westchester, IL274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
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 does a good job explains what the various animals are and what is their habitat. Most of the fish, amphibians and reptiles are native to the Lake Champlain region. There are geologic exhibits describing the glaciers and rocks left behind as well as how the native population made use of them. There is even a television display explaining how a “green board” works and then lets you do your own newscast. There is currently a butterfly exhibit running through September, 2020 which includes a tropical butterfly house where you can wander and see butterflies close up and if you are lucky enough, one may even land on you. This is definitely a fun educational center especially for families with young children.
Written March 9, 2020
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Jacques C
Westfield, VT42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
If you have a couple hours to do something very interesting and fun, you must go visit the ECHO center. You will be impressed with the professionally created exhibits. There is plenty of interactive activities to do. Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Champlain!
Written March 8, 2020
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smg12657
Largo, FL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We took my 10 yr old grandson there. The adults had just as much fun as the kid!! There was exhibits of live aquarium animals and fish. Lots of interactive, fun exhibits. My favorite was the STEM center with staff to help the kids with a specific project of the day. That day's project was to build a "raft" from paper, plastic straws, paper clips and other items on a tray so it would slide down a rope angled downward without a little plastic turtle falling off. My grandson worked very hard and it took him 3 tries to make his design work but he did it! Great family place! The staff was amazing-friendly, helpful and all about the kids. We stayed all afternoon and only left because they were closing at 5 PM! Then we could walk the waterfront of Lake Champlain. Gorgeous!!
Written June 18, 2022
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Lorenzo el Jefe
Ontario, Canada3,183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Our two under 4 grand boys loved the museum:
Perfect for this age group.
Tons of strollers proved the point. Strollers available on site too.
Our 4 year old loves to fish and is great at the sport (5 pound small mouth this past summer)
while at the museum every one was gob-smacked by the live sturgeons in the tank.

Q-Trip: We lasted a full hour … worth every minute.

Please check our my photos for the venue.
Written January 9, 2023
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Kathleen L
129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We stopped here with three kids (14,11,1.5) and they had a great time. Lots to do and touch and play with- but educational too! There’s great views of the lake off the back as well. Military gets free admission, which was a pleasant surprise!
My daughter had a blast - I wish there were more places like this.
Written July 10, 2021
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