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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

#5 of 75 things to do in Burlington Features Animals
1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-864-1848
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Great place for hands on with the young kids, great gift for someone new coming to town looking for... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2015
Best For Young Ones

It is a nice aquarium. It is very small. I read other reviews about how small it was and decided... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2015
Judi B
Burlington, NJ
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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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1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-864-1848
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Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great place for hands on with the young kids, great gift for someone new coming to town looking for something to do

Thank dukersMilton
Reviewed August 26, 2015

It is a nice aquarium. It is very small. I read other reviews about how small it was and decided to go anyway. Don't get me wrong, my kids enjoyed it but it really is geared towards younger children. I have an 8, 10, 12...More

Thank Judi B
Reviewed August 24, 2015

It looked like everyone was having a great family time. My grandson is 2, so there isn't a whole lot for him but he was happy. A few things didn't work properly but I would take him back when he is older. Have to say...More

Thank lmhenault
Reviewed August 22, 2015

Fun for the 5 year old. We looked under a microscope and had lots of time to see all types of frogs, turtles, snakes and other slimy things.

Thank Dolphena
Reviewed August 22, 2015

I took my granddaughters here quite frequently. They always had a new and exciting exhibit from a bat room to a sunken pirate ship. You can see the evolution of Lake Champlain on the wall. The gift shop has fascinating things for children as well...More

Thank Vermonter47
Reviewed August 17, 2015

I went here with my 13 year old daughter on a rainy day when it was crowded with families with <5 year old children. I would say the place is reasonably well geared to the younger visitors, but there is very little to interest an...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2015

A lot of kids activities and hands on things to do. Wish there was a little bit more to the aquarium. Overall nice.

Thank CatherineMSumner
Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

My family has always loved stopping at local aquariums. This place was cute but totally geared for kids. Not meant for just adults.

Thank Brie E
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Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Not worth the high price for adults, but o.k. for kids (pre high school). Cheerful and colorful decor, very slim content.

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Reviewed August 5, 2015

Had the opportunity to visit this great family attraction! Great for your little ones. Great displays, very educational hands on fun for really all ages. Our littler two year old granddaughter interacted with each exhibit. Loved the turtles, frogs and the touch tank. The staff...More

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Is this place interesting to teens as well?
July 19, 2015|
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Response from ECHOvt | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for getting in touch. Yes! This is a great place for all ages to learn about the history, mythology, and ecology of Lake Champlain. ECHO is also home to more than 70 species that live in the basin (native and... More