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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Address: 1 College St., Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone Number: 802-864-1848
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Ranked #9 of 25 Attractions in Burlington
Type: Science Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Type: Science Museums, Zoos & Aquariums

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This Museum is goog for the whole family, but specially the kids. They have different activitys and they change the exhibits from time to time. It gives a chance to inter react and learn about the history of the lake while been fun.

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Montreal, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Had a great time there by myself. Lots of wildlife creatures I had only seen in books not being native to my region. Loved it. lots of hands-on experiments. Doesn't cost much, and if you have kids, please do not leave town without at least an afternoon at the aquarium, learning in a fun way is always better.

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Massena, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

From young to old will enjoy this hands on attraction. The penguins are fun to watch..the aquarium is tucked away on waterfront but worth the time it takes to find your way down to it.

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GSmart802, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, responded to this review

Dear Lorraine, We are delighted you found your way to ECHO and had a great time while here. We do wonder about your penguin comment since we do not have any penguins. Just the same, we appreciate the positive review and hope you come back to visit soon! Cheers, Gerianne Smart Director of Marketing & Communications More 

Shepperton, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

As a lover of aquariums, I was really excited about my visit. However, I was in and out in 15 minutes. There were hardly any tanks with fish and everything was aimed at young children. I found the price for a adults quite expensive for what was actually there. They do good work there which I appreciate, but I wouldn't... More 

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Massachusetts
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100 reviews 100 reviews
19 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I never would have guessed that a lakeside aquarium would hold my children's attention for over two hours. We stopped here over the weekend as a rainy day activity. Lots of nice exhibits - particularly hands on exhibits. Information delivered in a child friendly way, volunteers eager to engage the kids, etc. We were pleasantly surpised at how much fun... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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152 reviews 152 reviews
69 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Very interesting venue with well presented displays and plenty of hands on opportunities. We learned a lot about the formation of Lake Champlain and the marine life that it contains. This is not just for kids. We even had fun making a weather report on TV which we were able to email to our grandchildren! ECHO is definelty not to... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

ECHO is an interesting place to visit if you are interested in learning about the natural history and present and ancient marine life found in Lake Champlain. It includes lots of hands-on learning activities for young to middle school aged children (and adults!), and living exhibits of local aquatic and land creatures. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, exhibits are clean... More 

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South Burlington, Vermont
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is an appropriate sized venue for my kids, ages 5 and 3. it is just big enough to let them guide themselves through their own interests and they always have a different event going on in their exhibit space. It is conveniently located right their at Burlington's waterfront area, so after taking in a few hours at echo, you... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, this museum has a lot of great information about the history of Lake Champlain and the wildlife and species that roam around it, and also has incredible displays inside. Would recommend, especially for families with small children and for science and geography geeks like myself.

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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My 4 yo had a blast here. He spent a lot of time at the watershed exhibit. Bring an extra shirt as they do get wet. Story time was excellent. This place does a good job at engaging children. My 6 yo also had a good time.

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