Learn about the Connecticut River watershed and the regional ecology,

and take a peek beneath the waters in this immersive experience.

Join us for free family programs each Friday and Saturday from 10am-11am

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Observe the fish ladder from above and below, explore interpretive exhibits, speak with a knowledgeable environmental educator, and check out other hands-on and engaging activities that change throughout the center’s open season.

Whether you're curious about migrating fish species, want to dive into our popular craft making table, or take a good look at some of our special exhibits, The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center is a place to learn, explore, and experience a unique perspective of the Connecticut River.

The Nature Museum operates the Visitor Center on behalf of Great River Hydro, owner of the fish ladder as well as the hydroelectric facility in Bellows Falls, Vermont.


  • 17 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Days and Times

  • Fridays and Saturdays from Friday, May 24, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend)

  • 10:00AM - 4:00PM


  • The top floor of the Visitor Center and observational balcony is handicap accessible.


  • Free parking is available on-site

  • Handicap parking is available.

Direction Notes

  • The center is located immediately to the right of the Bellows Falls Post Office just before you cross the bridge that goes over the canal on to the island. There are two historic large milling stones on either side of our large gate entrance. Our location on Bridge Street is just down from the intersection of Westminster Street and Bridge Street right in town.

To Contact Us About The Visitor Center and Fish Ladder

  • Direct line to the center during the open season on open days from 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    • 802-460-4664

  • The Nature Museum during the off-season and/or non-open hours

    • 802-843-2111

Summer Unplugged!

Free family programs each Friday and Saturday from 10am-11am beginning in mid-June through Labor Day. 

The Nature Museum's environmental educator leads programming throughout the center every Friday and Saturday through the summer. The family programs are recommended for children ages 4 and up.  Click here to see the full schedule.