ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Vermont

The Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 36,000-square-foot facility featuring more than 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles. It is located on the Burlington Waterfront, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, in northern Vermont. See to learn more about the state of Vermont.

Major regularly changing touring exhibits and the Multimedia Awesome Forces Theater are other attractions at the ECHO Lake Aquarium. You can take part in daily encounters with animals, hands-on activities and educational programs. Interactive exhibits offer many interactive experiences.

The name ECHO presents the organization’s mission which is to educate the visitor about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunities in the Lake Champlain Basin.

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History of the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center was founded and opened to the public in 2003. Since then, ECHO has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors annually. It belongs to the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center. Other elements belonging to the Leahy Center include: the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, and Lake Champlain Navy Memorial.

Exhibitions at the ECHO Lake Aquarium

There are several interesting exhibition areas in the ECHO Aquarium. In addition, special programs at the ECHO Lake Aquarium educate visitors about the ecology, culture, history of Lake Champlain Basin through interactive exhibits. We have compiled the most important exhibitions for you here:

Action Lab
ECHO ACTION LAB opened in May 2013 and is located on the top floor of the ECHO Aquarium. It introduces the visitor to the world of seeing our environment. See with your hands. Learn how water moves. See through time. Go on virtual adventures, exciting destinations around Lake Champlain.

Land of Opportunity
From the alpine zone to the surrounding mountains to the sparkling shores of Lake Champlain, the Lake Champlain Basin offers a land of unlimited opportunity for plants and animals. The land of unlimited possibilities is brought closer to the visitor in the exhibition with the interactions between nature, plants and animals.

Frogworld Here you
can discover the diverse world of frogs, a two-meter exhibit of a frog, interactive 3D frogs and much more. But the loss of habitat due to pollution, deforestation and climate change in frogs is also shown.

Before the Basin
Here the visitor travels back in time and explores the Champlain Valley. The Adirondack Mountains were still as high as the Himalayas. Beluga whales and seals swam in the salty waters of Lake Champlain.

Discovery Place
Experiment and try things out in this exhibition space. The area has been specially developed for the little ones among us. There’s plenty of action for toddlers and preschoolers. There are lots of loose props for experimental play with wooden boats, a water wheel and more.

Be a Watershed Weather Reporter
Be a guest at the ECHO mini-weather television studio and learn about the science of weather and how it affects us all.

LCBP Resource Room Immerse yourself
in the Lake Champlain habitat. Here you will find exhibits you can touch and a library with further information. The LCBP is a federal, state, and local initiative dedicated to restoring and protecting Lake Champlain.

ECHO Films
Since 2012, ECHO has developed ten short films that provide visitors with information on the cultural history, stewardship, environment and ecological wealth surrounding the Lake Champlain Basin.

Into the Lake
Delve into Lake Champlain in this exhibit and discover the mysteries that lie beneath the lake.

Voices for the Lake
This is an innovative, community-driven collection of stories about Lake Champlain. People share their photos, recordings, videos and written stories about the area.

Burlington Waterfront
Learn all about the Burlington Waterfront and how it came to be. Did you know that in the 1870’s Burlington was one of the busiest ports in the world? Discover the history of Burlington.

Indigenous Expressions
Travel through time and experience the lives of people who have lived in this region for the past 11,000 years. This exhibition was developed in collaboration with a variety of scientists and experts, such as archaeologists and anthropologists.

The “Green” Building ECHO
Since 2003, ECHO has been the first LEED certified building in the state of Vermont and the only lake aquarium in the United States with this certification. This can be seen throughout the building. LEED certified elements such as recycled building materials, motion sensing lights and toilets that allow you to choose how much water to use show this.

Lake Champlain Navy Memorial
The Lake Champlain Navy Memorial is located adjacent to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain’s Hoehl Park. Dedicated on June 18, 2005, it is a memorial to all men and women of naval history and those currently serving in the US military.

Hours & Tickets ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

The ECHO Aquarium is open all year round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. If you have paid the entrance fee on one day, you can enter the aquarium several times that day until 5 p.m.
Admission is $13.50 for adults. Children aged 3 to 17 pay $10.50 (as of 2015)

Address of attraction ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center – Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College St
Burlington, VT 05401
United States

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Vermont