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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

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1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-864-1848
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Expected to see larger aquariums with a variety of species. After a day of travel with a 23 month... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michael M
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Small science center and aquarium, best for children

There were a number of areas with activities for children and some small aquarium displays. Not too... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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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.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good32%
  • Average22%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“younger kids” (15 reviews)
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1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-864-1848
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Expected to see larger aquariums with a variety of species. After a day of travel with a 23 month old boy, we were hoping for more to see. After paying to park in the downtown Burlington area and the entrance fee for this place, we...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 6 days ago

There were a number of areas with activities for children and some small aquarium displays. Not too much for adults to do or see, however. Location on waterfront was nice.

Thank Wtrav77
Reviewed 1 week ago

This science museum definitely has activities for young children but every age will enjoy a visit. There is a variety of lake animals to see and learn about. The 3D movies are exciting and informative. There is always a rotating exhibit offering many interactive activities....More

Thank makvttravels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m not going to give this a great review because I visited with the husband with no kids. This museum is for kids for sure! If our kids were with us I would give this place 5 stars. If your children are under 12, don’t...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cute aquarium however it's clearly more geared towards children than adults. We paid the extra $5.00 a ticket for the National Geographic 3D Dinosaur show which lasted about 15-20 minutes. It was cute but a very small "theater" with director style seats...More

Thank Sarounas_2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We liked it a lot but it was small. We took our 3 & 6 year old to it and had tons of fun. Saw an IMAX and a live frog show. Lots of great exhibits. Prices were decent and gift shop was cute. We...More

Thank WineLady315
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had pretty low expectations since I have been to many ocean aquariums and science museums and centers. I was happily surprised. There was a great butterfly exhibit. Very educational lake exhibits. Location is lovely. I was able to use my reciprocal privileges of the MOS...More

Thank Karen V
Reviewed 16 September 2017

The facility was really educational for my Grand Kids; but also entertaining for an adult. Location on beautiful Lake Champlain. I would have found admission to be pricey if I did not have a discount card from our local library

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The price is a bit high for what you get. We did enjoy the tanks with the fish and turtles. The spiny soft shell turtles were amazing. Fun exhibits. Very informative.

Thank Pamela G
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I brought my niece here over the summer. What a great job they did on this place! My niece is 12 years old. We both had a blast with all the hands on science stuff. I have not been here since my kids were small....More

Thank countrykennelvt
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19 July 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