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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

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Address: 1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone Number: +1 802-864-1848
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ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, lake aquarium and science center...

ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, lake aquarium and science center committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. Founded in 2003, ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont's first LEED certified building. This innovative science center and aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors to positively impact the world around them. ECHO is the public face of the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7 acre environmental campus on the Burlington Waterfront.

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Hands on fun for young ones

3 year old had a blast with all the activities and science stuff. Kind of expected "fish behind the glass."; surprised with so much more. Small facility in size but personal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
barton327
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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New York
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128 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with my family on a rainy day when we could not ski, so maybe I already walked in the door feeling unhappy... but right from the start I felt it was kind of expensive for what it offered. There are some aquariums showing the wildlife that inhabits Lake Champlain, and there were some hands on exhibits. Basically it's... More 

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. Every time I go I find something I hadn't noticed before or a completely new exhibit. They are also always looking for volunteers!

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Thank kristenm121
Hartland, VT
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some interesting exhibits about the Lake Champlain Basin but rather limited compared to bigger science centers. Very much geared to children; in fact, they are creating a pres-school educational area.

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Thank Susan G
Saratoga Springs, New York
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

3 year old had a blast with all the activities and science stuff. Kind of expected "fish behind the glass."; surprised with so much more. Small facility in size but personal attention is payed to every exhibit with staff there to explain information, help the children explore and create or guide you along. Nice family time, great for little ones.... More 

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Thank barton327
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19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We had a mixed group ranging in age from 7 to 59 and we all enjoyed one part or the other of the exhibits. Probably not longer than a couple hours for a visit, unless you also see a movie.

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Thank Ingrid C
Fallston, Maryland
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119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We opted to visit the ECHO aquarium center in Burlington one day since it rained. I was really impressed with it. Living in Maryland, home of the National Aquarium, most other aquariums fall short of what I am accustomed to. While ECHO is definitely smaller than the National Aquarium, it does an amazing job of incorporating and displaying the Lake... More 

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Thank MBJBride0520
Burlington, Vermont
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Echo is a beautiful building on the outside and inside. It is a hands on museum for the whole family. Themes are continually changing. It is located on the beautiful burlington waterfront. It suits all ages but especially 3-10 yrs

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Thank 988virginia988
Colchester, Vermont, United States
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129 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This hands on children's museum allows patrons to explore our wonderful Lake Champlain with a touch tank, live animals, and a ship wreck to explore. It is a science museum set on Lake Champlain. Even if you don't have children, it's a wonderful visit on the Burlington Bike Path.

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Thank Lynn M
Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This museum focuses on local aquatics based on the lake. It includes the history of the lake and has demos and talks about some of the animals. Small, cosy, friendly aquarium.

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Thank mpcrabtree
Laconia, New Hampshire
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40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I thought the aquarium area would be larger so I was a bit disappointed. One of the main attractions mentioned on the website concerned experiencing snowboarding. I thought the exhibit was extremely lame. I was expecting something supervised and interactive where a child could get a sense of what snowboarding was like. This was not the case. I will say... More 

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