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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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Had a behind the scenes tour as part of a Road Scholar tour of Burlington & area. Many animals (land & lake) from the surrounding area. The center has the complete skeleton of a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cold Spring, New York
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Cold Spring, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a behind the scenes tour as part of a Road Scholar tour of Burlington & area. Many animals (land & lake) from the surrounding area. The center has the complete skeleton of a whale from when the area was part of a prehistoric ocean. Kids can spend hours on 'hands on' exhibits and adults should eb able to enjoy... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located at the Waterfront park this is variant of a children's museum with many varied interactive exhibits with the underlying theme of ecology and the lake. There is a small food venue and a shop. The staff were very good and interacted with the children on an appropriate level. Good for children 3 to teens. A visit will last for... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is really built for kids to learn about Lake Champlain as an aquarium and some natural science. Lots of information about the wildlife in and around the lake. Some play areas for little ones as well. Feels best for the 10 and under set with some helpful things for the 6 and under set to keep them occupied. I... More 

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Saint Peters
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really great place for kids. I enjoyed the lower level exhibit - Whats at the bottom of Lake Champlain. Also the blue light bulb artwork. My favorite part was the balcony area that overlooked Lake Champlain. I enjoyed my brief visit. I think the kids would like the interactive elements quite a bit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great little center for learning about the aquatic life and environment in and around Lake Champlain. My seven year old loved the hands on activities and enjoyed finding the animals in their tanks. The center is small, and we only spent about 2.5 hours there. The staff was friendly knowledgeable. The price was right for the experience.

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Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have a three year old and five year old who both enjoyed their trip to the Echo center. It's part science center and part aquarium. There is one floor of strength type science activities. There are several small aquariums with turtles, fish, reptiles local to the area. There 's an open tank with a guide helping point out starfish,... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My kids enjoyed the science center, but it only took about two hours for them to see everything. Since the word "aquarium" was on the sign, we expected to see a lot of sea life. There were a few tanks, but I certainly would not call it an aquarium.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On the Friday we were to drive from Smugglers' Notch, VT, to Hancock, MA, we decided to take an hour's detour over to Burlington to investigate the ECHO. Following brunch at The Skinny Pancake, we walked across the street to the ECHO. Public fee-based (pay at automated kiosk) parking was available in a lot in front of the building as... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Whether your child is interested in science or not, they will find many interesting exhibits at Echo. Truly, this place is designed for kids! Many hands on opportunities for kids to explore the amazing world of science. One could spend the whole afternoon here just watching the kids go from area to area. The presentation of local fish and turtle... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

I have passed by many times. Finally on my last visit to Burlington I visited. It is really set up for kids, but I still learned quite a bit and had fun as well. There are many exhibits featuring local wildlife and ecosystems, a hands on tank, many children's activities, and presentations. It was fairly inexpensive, and a great rainy... More 

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