Great Falls Discovery Center
Other Ideas: The Charles River Esplanade; Arnold Arboretum; Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area; Purgatory Chasm State Reservation; Breakheart Reservation
Great Falls Discovery Center is an educational visitor center about the Connecticut River Watershed's rich natural, cultural and industrial history.
Exhibits highlight various habitats found in the watershed. Timelines put perspective on today's view of the threats to habitats and what we can do to safeguard them.
The Center is fully accessible and is housed within a complex of old mill buildings and includes open habitat exhibits, fish tanks, and a multipurpose program room.
The four-acre park that surrounds The Center has butterfly gardens, native plantings views of the canal and river as well as safe play areas. This park is linked to a railtrail that runs from Turners Falls to Deerfield, a walking tour through downtown Turners Falls, and the watchable wildlife areas of Barton's cove and along the canal.
Admission to the Great Falls Discovery Center is free.
The Center hosts some fee based programs and any fees or registration requirements are announced on our events calendar.
Regular Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm or by special arrangement. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Summer Hours: (Starting May 18th) Open daily 10-4
School, camp and community groups by special appointment.
2 Avenue A., 413.863.3221, MA, 01376 map
From points North and South
Take Interstate 91, take exit 27 onto Route 2 East.
From points West
Take Route 2 East past route 91 to the traffic lights in Gill.
From points East
Take Route 2 West to Gill.
At the Route 2 lights in Gill, go South toward Turners Falls and Deerfield over the river on Avenue A.
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