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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

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Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Science Museum on the Lake

A great place to bring the kids. Some hands on activities and a 3D movie. Adults and teens might... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
New York City, New York
Great place to take your kids on a rainy day

If you're looking for something to do on a rainy day in Burlington with your kids, Echo is great... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2018
Burlington, Vermont
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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...more
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1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place was pretty interesting; however, I really feel like this is aimed more for younger kids. The films they provided were ok, but it made me feel very tired and lethargic after. However, they do provide great views on the balcony of Lake Champlain.

Thank Ethan G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Frequently changing exhibits, not at all stagnant. Very kid friendly and something interesting for all ages. Good food for a light lunch or snack. Annual membership is available.

Thank Kerry B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great if you have young kids but not too exciting for teens. Over 50 bucks for the 4 of us to see a handful of exhibits. Kids 10 and under would definitely get their monies wirth!

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

A great place to bring the kids. Some hands on activities and a 3D movie. Adults and teens might find it too simple but a good destination for families.

Thank S D
Reviewed 29 May 2018

we had a great time here,some hands on actives some turtles and other fun stuff not for teens unless there into this kind of stuff the little ones ( 4-10 yrs ) will have a great time.bring a snack there is a nice patio over...More

Thank mrkrc
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

ECHO was a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. While primarily designed to help young people learn about the ecology of the Lake Champlain region, there's plenty for adults to see and do. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The numerous fish tanks...More

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 15 May 2018

If you're looking for something to do on a rainy day in Burlington with your kids, Echo is great way to kill a couple of hours. They have a permanent installation of exhibits to learn about Lake Champlain and the local area, and revolving installations...More

Thank VT_Traveler802
Reviewed 22 April 2018

The ECHO center is great for kids. While it is pretty small they have a lot of fun animals from Vermont and fish from lake Champlain. It's a great place to take little kids to get them interested in the outdoors and the local lake...More

1  Thank Owen D
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

While there are many activities geared for younger kids, there was plenty to keep my 6 and 9 year olds thoroughly entertained for a couple hours. They loved broadcasting the weather, making customized pins, touching starfish and seeing the exhibits.

Thank CTtraveler79
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Wonderful hands-on activities abound. Lots of aquatic creatures. GREAT play area for pre-school age. It's a bit pricey when bringing the whole family. And the extra charge for the movie separates those-who-have from those-who-don't!!

1  Thank goodboring
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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