Set right in the heart of Burlington’s waterfront area, the ECHO Aquarium Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is both an aquarium and a science center. It aims to provide education about Lake Champlain and the surrounding area.
Named for longtime Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, ECHO is particularly suited for families and often caters to school groups. There’s a specially designed theater showing National Geographic films daily, in both 2-D and 3-D, and various presentations by Center staff throughout the day. Activities include fish feeding, story times, and the ECHO ‘after dark’ events for the over 21 crowd to indulge in some craft beer tasting and explore the science behind
The aquarium tanks feature marine life, much of which is found in Lake Champlain, including the massive and endangered Lake Sturgeon. There’s a café on site, offering food grown locally at Burlington’s Intervale Community Farm. Take a break from the exhibits, grab some lunch and enjoy a picnic on the nice outdoor terrace with views of the harbor. Admission price is $13.50 for adults and $10.50 for kids.