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The kids enjoyed the museum

We enjoyed the hands on exhibits. We arrived when they opened and it was not too crowded. Would... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
senorafromnj
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Madison, New Jersey
Be Green

Huh! Vermonters are famously "green" finding countless ways to reduce environmental impact. I had... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
Karen L
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Manassas, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The variety of activities & exhibits is tremendous. With our 9 year old we were busy having fun (each independently) for 2 solid hours! We could have stayed longer if we had lunch at their Healthy Living Cafe but we chose American Flatbread a few blocks up the hill on St Paul. The most interesting unique experience for me was seeing the American eel being fed at 11:30 on a Tuesday (Election Day) by a very knowledgeable staff member. Be sure to catch the Champ (Lake Champlain’s Loch Ness monster) exhibit and video on the ground floor in the back. The saltwater creatures exhibit one flight up had live starfish, clams, crabs, anemones staffed by a very friendly and knowledgeable staff member capable of engaging any aged visitor. There are many hands on activities for pre school and school aged children - e.g. create a mountainous/valley terrain and cause rainfall to demonstrate rapid water erosion without getting your hands wet - AMAZING!! The resource center on the second floor is worth a visit to see more exhibits as well as to get questions answered about any exhibit. The many geologic posters and exhibits are beautiful, informative and clearly explain the very interesting geology of this Champlain area over billions of years. See photos. Do check for admission reciprocity between museums you may already be a member of OR buy a family membership here and enjoy reciprocity back in your home state.

Thank ihorr2015
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We our two year old here and he absolutely loved the place!.

The experience got off to a little rough start though when our son was playing in the room with giant blue blocks. When we entered the play area, another child came up to us saying that our son cannot touch what he was building, which was taking up just about the entire play area. Our child just wanted to play with the kid, including any blue block, and that kid ended up pushing my son down and he hit his head. Luckily the ground was soft with the rubber/foam mats so my child did not get hurt but I was furious. The kid's mother did not do anything, not a word out of her. The whole point of this area is to share and be creative, not to hog everything and not let smaller kids have a chance. I also could not believe that the other mother did nothing, no discipline, nothing, she just stood there and watched her son shove my child to the ground and did NOTHING.

Anyways, we were able to go to a different area and away from these people. There was so much to see and do including fish tanks of local fish in Lake Champlain, digging for (fake) Beluga Whale bones, a water table with boats and other water toys, a big slide, a chef's kitchen, puzzles, a giant tank with star fish and hermit crabs, and much more. We stayed for about 2.5 hours when it was nap time as he started getting crabby.

Any child would have a blast here!

Thank kwnike13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got the family pass as you can go to other places for a year. Totally worth it. This place has entertainment for hours. Do the tree house last as the kids will be there for hours.

Thank Santiago1109
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great way to spend time, educational and entertaining, fun for all ages. Lots to see and interact with and a lovely view of Lake Champlain

Thank Rayangel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ECHO brings hands-on STEM experiences to children ages 3 - 10. Many permanent exhibits meld with rotating or visiting displays and many types of live creatures found in / around Lake Champlain. Plan to spend about 3 hours.

Thank YankeeforLife56
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Kids are fascinated by the cool exhibits at ECHO, and you'll be happy because they are secretly learning about science and ecology. There's even a de-lish and healthy cafe so you don't have to leave to eat.

Thank babyquipBurlington
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Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Smaller and manageable, great for kids but good for adults too, great location and easily accessible.

Thank Trail781040
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

We enjoyed the hands on exhibits. We arrived when they opened and it was not too crowded. Would definitely recommend for the kids...it was great for ours to do something they enjoyed instead of just sight seeing.

Thank senorafromnj
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

Huh! Vermonters are famously "green" finding countless ways to reduce environmental impact. I had to laugh at the sign in the stall in the ladies room: "You Decide" Choose wisely to help conserve water" with information about the amount of water used by the half-flush button compared to the full-flush button. I understand the men's room urinal doesn't flush at all:)

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Reviewed September 6, 2018

We came here with our two boys, ages 2 and 4.5. It's a nice mix of a science center, aquarium, and children's museum. So many hands on activities. It was hard to tear them away when it was time to leave.

Thank melibean
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