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Address: 1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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+1 802-864-1848
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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This was more of a science center than an aquarium like we thought it was going to be, but we still enjoyed ourselves none the less. Well kept and friendly staff. This would be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
Renee T
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Schenectady, New York
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Chicago, IL
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325 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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Thank Mybina
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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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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132 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

Schenectady, New York
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This was more of a science center than an aquarium like we thought it was going to be, but we still enjoyed ourselves none the less. Well kept and friendly staff. This would be an ideal afternoon for children for them to go and see some fish and try different experiments throughout the center.

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

Thank you for your review Renee, we're especially glad that you found our staff to be friendly--its very important to us! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I came here for the afternoon while in Burlington. Very fun and informative! A blast! We loved the turtles. Be sure you visit the National Geographic theatre for a quick movie as well! We saw "The Alps", it was awesome. Will be back again for sure!

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

Thanks for your review Tyler! We're glad you and your girlfriend enjoyed your visit! More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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87 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Enjoyed many of the features, but much of the facility is set up to engage the younger visitor. Our 16 year old granddaughter humored her grandparents by not complaining. It is a little expensive for their offerings.

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

Thank you for the review of ECHO! We are glad you enjoyed many of the features we have to offer. More 

Houston, TX
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Excellent center to visit especially on a rainy day. They have exhibits to help children understand weather and geologic phenomena. They also have a wonderful play area that has among other things a pretend lighthouse, boat and shops. They also have a reading room with many interesting books for both adults and children.

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

Thank you so much for your review of ECHO! We are so glad you enjoyed the various weather exhibits and the play area. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

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