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Great Falls Discovery Center

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

Sunday:
10:00 am-6:00 pm

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

Closed Mondays (but open Monday Holidays)

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

Exhibits on Connecticut River Watershed wildlife and habitats
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Art Gallery

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
  • Visitor Center
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms
  • Historic Sites
  • Field Trips
  • Access to Canalside Rail Trail

Accessibility at Great Falls Discovery Center

  • Accessible Visitor Center
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Accessible educational programs
  • 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
  • Flower gardens
  • Dinosaur track trace fossils
  • Cultural events
  • Educational programs
  • 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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