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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington

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#3 of 7 in Parks in Burlington
Science Museum Zoo / Aquarium
Home to more than 70 species of amphibians, reptiles, and fish, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will give you an engaging education about the Lake Champlain Basin. Head into the action lab to build virtual mountains, lakes, and rivers with your hands, then take a virtual tour of Lake Champlain's most prominent features. In other exhibits, view displays containing lake inhabitants, such as frogs, snakes, turtles, and big fish, such as sturgeons. Make sure you check the schedule for the theater; films focus on topics such as species that inhabit the lake and surrounding area and Native American tribes indigenous to the region. Before you leave, look over the natural science-themed games and toys in the gift shop. Purchases here support the center's mission of preserving and educating people about Lake Champlain Basin. Plan to visit ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Burlington attractions using our Burlington tourist route planner.
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  • This is a nice little science museum. We visited the butterfly exhibit. It's fairly small but the staff was great and exhibits nice. We were there as two adults but this looked really great for kids. ...  more »
  • We stopped here before going on a lunch cruise, it was a great way to kill time. More geared towards kids but there was enough to keep adults interested. Also have a nice deck on 3rd floor with great ...  more »
  • We recently visited with our 6 year old and 1 year old. Wonderful place to spend a few hours. The butterfly expert was great and fascinated my 1 year old. We could have spent all day there. I do think...  more »
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  • ECHO is a fantastic place for all ages. What really shines about ECHO is the multitude of hands-on learning and exploration activities, especially for children. There is so much to learn about the nature of Lake Champlain. There are a number of aquariums and small exhibits. A few things to look for: the second floor kids play area is worth the membership, the library in the back is a wealth of information if you are a subject matter expert on Lake Champlain, and take a walk on the second floor outside deck to watch a beautiful sunset. Of course all the staff that I've encountered is very knowledgeable, kind, and ever-present for questions.
  • This is a must visit place for families, or anyone interested in learning about the local ecology! I went with a group of friends, and really enjoyed ourselves. When we visited, there was a neat butterfly exhibit, definitely check it out while it's there!
  • I love echo I take my kids one to two times a year. It has all the aquarium animals and interactive things to do. Also they bring animals out so the kids can interact with them which is cool
  • My 3 year old and I love Echo! They have great exhibits and there is always something to see. Paula and Wade are the best!!
  • Very warm and lively place for kids with lots of aquatic animals in display. They also provide space for early learning readiness program which is a great cause for preparing little babies and kids for school readiness. Lively place. They keep changing some of the exhibits on quarterly basis which makes kids more excited about the place. Great fun ­čĹî