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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

1 College St., Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT 05401
802-864-1848
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Ranked #11 of 26 Attractions in Burlington
Type: Aquariums, Science Museums
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Shelburne, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Just a wonderful place to take the kids for the afternoon. Just filled with floor after floor of science oriented exhibits. All very vey hands on, and with experienced staff everywhere to help kids understand what it is they are playing with. There are playrooms, tanks with frogs and fish, a part of a sunken boat to crawl on...you can... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is surprisingly attractive for a place this small. However don't expect to see a great variety of sea lives since this is nowhere near the facilities at Monterey, Long Beach, or Sydney . We were there over a year ago. It is however a good place to spend a few hours if you have time on your hands.

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Burlington, Vermont
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great learning place for 2-10 years old. My older ones got restless. We did enjoy the out side view and walking around the area. The hands on stations were good.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My 17 year old and I went to this center and were a little disappointed as we thought there would be more fish exhibits and activities geared toward adults, not the case. This is a great little discovery center, however is definitely geared toward younger kids. In my opinion, 11 or younger. Great water table and hands on activities for... More

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a short walk from Lake Champlain Ferries. This center has more to offer than you may think. There are two levels of stations to explore. Some stations feature animals in their natural habitat. Other stations feature plants and various stones. Definitely educational. There is also an amphibian tour where the guide feeds... More

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Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The aquarium is a small one. It's great to fill up 2 hours when it rains and the kids (and the husband!!!) had enough of shopping!!! Not much to see, but a few interactive spots will make it fun for the little one, let say less than 12 MAX. (Aucune explication en francais et rien de traduit malheureusement...). Make sure... More

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Norwich, Connecticut
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I was not blown away by Echo. It is small and has some neat things, but I thought it was lacking in the exibits and all. I suppose it is a must stop once if you go to the area. The money goes to a good cause too. We got to see the amphibians get fed at 3pm.. which was... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great place to spend time with kids. Older kids like to use the green screen to be newscasters and send the video to friends. The animals are interesting and some of the frogs are fun to try to find - very good natural camouflage. Exhibits change often and there are pop up activities like make your own name button (no... More

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fairfield county, ct
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Lots of hand on activities and a ton of information about the history of Lake Champlain. We learned things we entered would have guessed existed. The museum is small, and you can see most of the exhibits in about 90 minutes.

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Burlington, Vermont
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum is a must-see if you are interested in the natural history of the Lake Champlain Basin. There are hands-on activities for children and interesting exhibits for all ages. The gift shop is full of great items. The museum is right on the Lake so you can take a walk in Waterfront Park before or after your visit. You... More

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