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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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Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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West Gardiner
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were looking for something that our 3 kids, ages 3, 10, and 13 would all enjoy. I felt it was a little beyond my 3 year olds comprehension. She liked the exhibits but there was a lot of reading that left her bored. The lady selling the tickets was very pushy into trying to talk us into getting a... More

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Vermont
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48 reviews 48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My DD age 2 enjoyed all the turtles but not terribly blown away by the fish because she has already been spoiled by bright tropical fish at other aquariums. It is fun on a rainy day but a quick visit. I wouldn't spend full price on admission. Go to their website for discount vouchers.

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Fort Stockton, Texas
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217 reviews 217 reviews
82 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Interesting exhibits and a great view of the harbor. Very informative people who were available to field all questions.

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Peterborough, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Helpful staff who told us right where we needed to go, or do. They gave us more than just the "pre made script", and brought us into their conversation, and didn't just tell us, they showed us.

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Wonderful adventure on the coast of Lake Champlain with lots of hands-on experiences for children. There were lots of "creatures" to find and to learn about, with a good deal of staff to incite and advise.

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