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Address: 1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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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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Wonderful experience for the kids, and not so bad for the adults as well

Love attending aquariums and this threw in museum as well. Geared for the kids but I enjoyed my time there. The theme of this is the ecosystem of the area. The have plenty of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Wyosoldier
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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324 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love attending aquariums and this threw in museum as well. Geared for the kids but I enjoyed my time there. The theme of this is the ecosystem of the area. The have plenty of hands on exhibits, including feeding the fish. There also is a small theater where they show documentaries for addition money. I do mean small. When I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids love the discovery channel especially PBS Vermont show like the "wild Kratts" Vermont natives so this was like he next best thing for them. Plenty of different things and activities on here different floor and winding rooms!

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Thank Mandy C
South Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is mildly entertaining for very young children. The aquarium exhibts, what there are, are not particularly imaginative or educational. For pre-teens and teens, it's pretty boring. A far better choice for an interactive science museum is the Montshire Museum in Norwich, which is literally entertaining for all ages. Another far more entertaining place, again for all ages, is the... More 

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

Hi Annie, Thank you for your feedback, we're sorry to hear that your visit wasn't great. Could you please email info@echovermont.org with either an email address or phone number that we could contact you at? We'd like to speak with you about your experience. -ECHO Staff More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was very interactive for young kids but we thought it was three full floors of activities and it ended up really only being one and a half. I felt I paid a lot and wasn't there as long as I would have liked to be. Overall, it was cute but I wouldn't return.

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

Thank you for your feedback about our museum, we are always looking for ways to improve! We are sorry you did not spent as much time at ECHO as you thought. More 

Chicago, IL
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325 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

This place is designed for children. I would give it 1 star for adults and 3 stars for children. It does its best to engage children, but adults who are visiting without children, will find it boring. Truth be told, it can't be easy to make freshwater fish and turtles intriguing.

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

Thank you for your review about ECHO, we are always looking for feedback! If you visit again, the Lake Champlain Basin Program resource room is a great spot for older learners, as it offers a more academic look at the work being done locally and regionally. More 

Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a small museum/aquarium that is very much built for little kids. There are plenty of displays and activity areas for the kids, but not as many animals as I expected. For the adults, I did wander into the “Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room” on the 2nd floor. The lady here explained that she and the room were... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a great place for young children. Toddlers and Preschoolers will have the best time. Besides all the turtles and frogs, fishtanks and a tide pool, young children love the play areas. It's set up as the most awesome preschool! They can play in the science center, little farm stand, kitchen, restaurant, and water table. There is a treehouse... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we are so glad you had an awesome time at ECHO! Glad your granddaughter was able to find so many fun things to do. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Montreal, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A modern natural history museum, the Echo begins with local pre-history, and includes all sorts of hands-on exhibits, including many tanks with fish/amphibians. Well worth a visit - and, if you're a member of another science/natural history museum, you'll have free admission here!

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Thank LaurieMcL1959
ECHOvt, Public Relations Manager at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, responded to this review

Hi Laurie! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and got to visit several of our varied exhibits. Please come again! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I live an hour from Echo Center and have been there a number of times. The place has become so crowed (especially during school vacations) that it is impossible to enjoy the experience. We drove over an hour with 3 kids who were eager to go. They were ready to leave after 30 min. because it was such a zoo.... More 

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

Hi Mary! Thanks for your review. Yes, vacation weeks (especially the break between Dec 25th & Jan 1st) are VERY busy for us, especially this year. We hope the kiddos weren't too overwhelmed to come back again, we'll have a new Live Butterfly exhibit in February, starting on the 11th and running through Sept 2017! More 

Marshfield, Wisconsin
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We took out 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. She was fascinated looking through the microscope in the Resource room she lived the new Champs room. There were tons of kids there until about 12:00. We stayed through lunch which allowed her to play with some of the toys that the older children had taken over. We had lunch at the... More 

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

Hi Sue! Thanks for your review, we're thrilled you had a great visit with your granddaughter--what a nice family day out! And don't be scared of the "gnar-ly" ganrs--they won't jump out of the tank:) More 

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