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Address: 1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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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Interesting place to learn about the lake

This is an educational center and museum near the lake. It is a very interesting place that informs about the lake's history, life and habitat.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
Mike O
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed many of the features, but much of the facility is set up to engage the younger visitor. Our 16 year old granddaughter humored her grandparents by not complaining. It is a little expensive for their offerings.

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Thank CWOKen
ECHOvt, Guest Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thank you for the review of ECHO! We are glad you enjoyed many of the features we have to offer. More 

Houston, TX
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent center to visit especially on a rainy day. They have exhibits to help children understand weather and geologic phenomena. They also have a wonderful play area that has among other things a pretend lighthouse, boat and shops. They also have a reading room with many interesting books for both adults and children.

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ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of ECHO! We are so glad you enjoyed the various weather exhibits and the play area. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Plainfield, Vermont
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new Treehouse imaginative play area is fantastic, the exhibits are very hands on and I have taken kids ages 1 to 9 here, all have had something they liked.

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ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by ECHO. We are very glad you liked the new Treehouse play area, it is one of our favorites as well! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My kids aged 2 and 4 loved it here. They have some nature stuff which was nice, but they also have some science for small kids (showing how water flows--hands-on experience) and a little play store/kitchen for kids which kept their attention for a long time. Most of the things here are hands-on, but might not keep the attention of... More 

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ECHOvt, Guest Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in to ECHO! Glad your kids had a great time and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Farragut, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun time ! We took 5 year old grandson . Lots for him to see and do as well as provide us with information about the lake . Great for all ages .

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ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by ECHO! We are so glad you had a fun time and learned a lot about Lake Champlain. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This is an educational center and museum near the lake. It is a very interesting place that informs about the lake's history, life and habitat.

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Thank Mike O
ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Hi Mike! Thanks for the review and for stopping by ECHO! More 

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64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I love interactive museums, like this one. Plenty of interesting and fun things to see and do here. Got to play a weatherman, play with kinetic sand, among other things. Enjoyed the whole experience, felt like a kid learning new things, and I am a senior.

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ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Hi Shirley! Thanks so much for the great review and for coming down to ECHO to learn and play, we hope you had a great time! More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Following an excellent lunch at a nearby seafood restaurant (Slash), there was just time to enjoy a great experience at the Leahy Centre. It would have been even better if we had our grandchildren with us who have thoroughly enjoyed themselves although we too gained much from all that there was to see. Wait for the rain and then visit;... More 

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ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thanks Andy! We're so happy you stopped by! More 

The Woodlands, Texas
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739 reviews
227 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 659 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Very enjoyable place to explore all the history of Lake Champlain. Great place for kids to explore but we seniors enjoyed it as well. We watch the movie, Robots 3D. Fascinating exploration into the progress of robotic artificial intelligence. Lots of hands on things to do, lots of critters to view, helpful docents that can answer questions about the lake.... More 

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Thank Rebekajean
ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Wow, thanks for the amazing review! We're so glad you enjoyed all ECHO has to offer. And we agree...robots are pretty cool. More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Interesting facility with much to share about Champlain Basin ecology. Many exhibit are for children, but adults will learn as well. Staff overseeing sections were well-informed and happy to share their knowledge. Views of the lake from balconies are gorgeous and great for outdoor beauty shots. Parking is three dollars an hour and kiosk only accepts credit cards.

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ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed our facility and exhibits! More 

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