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“Great for the Kids”

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
Ranked #4 of 75 things to do in Burlington
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Stony Brook, New York, United States
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great for the Kids”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Interesting, but limited exhibits. Plenty of hands on activities. Great for the under 10 set. Tweens enjoyed it to an extent.

Visited June 2013
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“Echo Center”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

My sister and I attended the Mother's Day Tea Party at the Echo Center. Great view of the beautiful lake and yummy food. The Alice In Wonderland exhibit was fun, would have been great to have had my little grand daughters with us. I love seeing what is in and around Lake Champlain. I always enjoy the giant fish tank!

Visited May 2014
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Rochester, New York
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not really geared for adults”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Lake Aquarium and Science Center is informative but not worth the hefty entrance fee. There are a number of exhibits and rooms that are geared towards children but nothing really for adults. Further there really are not a ton of animal exhibits. On the first floor there is a sturgeon tank, trout tank, and school fish tank on the first floor. The lower level also features an exhibit on the impact of pollution and feature on a ship that was wrecked at Lake Champlain. The upper level features animals local to Lake Champlain (toads, additional fish, turtles) and historic facts about the Lake. There is a lab featuring injured animals and history of the lake. There are also two rooms geared for children wishing to explore more about the Lake and a starfish exhibit/sea anemone exhibit. However there is a stunning view of Lake Champlain on the second floor and a sit down area on the first floor. ECHO also features several shows throughout the day in the Lakeview Room.

Visited May 2014
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Very informative, Lake Champlain is amazing and the Burlington area is so beautiful...would definitely come there again

Visited May 2014
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Woodstock, Vermont
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“Always a hit with the grandchildren”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Have taken our grandchildren here several times and they always have a great time. This time there was an exhibit of Alice In Wonderland that was spectacular. The kids and wife crawled through a rabbit hole to enter (I took the door) and found numerous fun things to do including sitting at a table for afternoon tea with really cute tea set items. Many pictures of the characters along the walls and a complete hall way with the many doors that Alice had to choose from, and the actual hall gets smaller and smaller at one end. Crazy mirrors and little holes in the doors to look through. Many scientific related activities that draw on the story for an educational aspect. After that we went upstairs for a talk by a staff person about the Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle which are abundent in the lake nearby and she had baby turtles to look at and ask questions about. Then a walk through the other lake related sections of the upstairs and that was about it for three and four year olds so we left and had lunch together elsewhere in Burlington.

Visited March 2014
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