Turners Falls Cultural District
Visitors to Turners Falls are greeted by stunning views from the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge and the gardens of The Great Falls Discovery Center, a museum dedicated to the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Turners Falls Cultural District extends along "the Avenue" to the Carnegie Library, a grand Georgian building built in 1906 by Andrew Carnegie. The Avenue A and Third Street business district features restaurants, breweries, pocket parks, public art and unique shopping opportunities. The 330 seat Shea Theater Arts Center is the hub of entertainment. Built in 1927 and completely renovated in 2016, the Shea Theater presents regional, national and international artists as well as community theater, dance and music.
The Turners Falls Cultural District also offers uncommon recreational opportunities, all situated with gorgeous views of the Connecticut River. Unity Park is designed to encourage physical fitness, relaxation and a connection with nature. With well-appointed ball fields, basketball courts, a fitness circuit, and play structures its a place for people of all ages to recreate. For the more adventurous, Unity Skatepark is considered the best in the region. Its comprehensive design links a variety of transitions, stairs, banks, and rails making it fun and challenging for riders of all skill levels.
Don't forget to bring your bike! The Canalside Rail Trail is the perfect place to ride, walk or just take-in views of the Industrial Era canal district. Named "Best Bike Path in New England" by Yankee Magazine, the paved, 3-mile trail is wheel chair accessible.
About the MCC Cultural District Program
The Turners Falls Cultural District received designation by the Mass Cultural Council in May, 2017.
A cultural district is a specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. It is a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents and serves as a center of cultural, artistic and economic activity. The Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Districts Initiative was authorized by an act of the Massachusetts state legislature in 2010, and launched in April 2011. The goals of the Cultural Districts are to attract artists and cultural enterprises, foster cultural development, encourage business and job development, establish the district as a tourist destination, preserve and reuse historic buildings, and enhance property values.