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Great Falls Discovery Center

Address

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Accessible
Dogs Allowed
Historic site

Details of Great Falls Discovery Center

Overview of Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center features exhibits illustrating the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed and Turners Falls. Engaging wildlife habitat dioramas are fully accessible and child-friendly. The center is a preserved historic paper mill building, admission is free and open year-round. Ongoing public programs, cultural events, and community gallery are offered. Four acres of open lawns surround the center with picnic tables and colorful flower gardens.

Hours for Great Falls Discovery Center

Winter hours

Sunday:
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Wednesday - Saturday:
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Summer hours

Sunday - Saturday:
10:00 am-6:00 pm

Please call for exact timing of seasonal open hours changes.

Parking at Great Falls Discovery Center

Free parking is available in the municipal lot on Second Street.

Activities at Great Falls Discovery Center

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Exhibits - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19

Exhibits on Connecticut River Watershed wildlife and habitats
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Art Gallery - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19

Art Gallery in the Great Hall
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Biking and walking trails

The Canalside Rail Trail offers 3.7 miles of easy riding between Turners Falls and East Deerfield along the Connecticut River. The Canalside Rail Trail is also great for walking, wildlife viewing or even a picnic.

Facilities at Great Falls Discovery Center

  • Museum - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Visitor Center - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Picnic Areas - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Restrooms - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Historic Sites
  • Field Trips
  • Access to Canalside Rail Trail

Accessibility at Great Falls Discovery Center

  • Accessible Visitor Center - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Accessible Restrooms - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Accessible educational programs - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Accessible paved trail
    • Canalside Rail Trail

Restrictions at Great Falls Discovery Center

  • Dogs must remain on-leash on the grounds of the Center
  • Service dogs only inside the Center
  • No alcohol
  • No littering

More info for Great Falls Discovery Center

All Activities

  • Scenic Views
  • Picnicking - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Flower gardens
  • Dinosaur track trace fossils
  • Cultural events - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Educational programs - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • A self-guided Turners Falls Historic District Downtown Walking Tour
  • A self-guided Geologic Walking Tour of Turners Falls
  • Turners Falls Area Birding Guide

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