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Lowell National Historical Park

246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852
978-970-5000
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Lowell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, State Parks, Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial Revolution.
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Hamilton, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Overall it is a pretty cool park. The buildings and machines on display are cool. The visitors center is great for little kids and adults. The canal tour shows you what the canal would have been like and how a lock works but it does not give you a good feel for Lowell. Visit the park but dont go on... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Lowell National Park offers it all. You can take a canal boat ride, catch the trolley, tour the museums and talk with friendly and very informative park rangers. The Industrial Revolution in America started here with the mill works. You can learn about the history and technology and why Lowell was the best site to locate the mills. It an... More

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Canandaigua, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A great historical area to visit and learn about the beginning of the industrial revolution. Stop in to see a working mill ( even provides ear plugs) The rangers are very informative and friendly, the museum has many authentic items and the videos and interview of actual workers impressive.

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Dracut, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I recently rediscovered this gem in the heart of the city. This park is all about mill history, canal boat rides, and trolley rides, but the other part that people often don't notice is that it is a great place for a walk or a bike ride. There are paths along the canals where a family (even the little ones)... More

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Milton, Georgia
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297 reviews 297 reviews
202 attraction reviews
527 helpful votes 527 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Things you'd like to know: 1) There is free parking in a gate controlled lot right behind the main visitor center; 2) there is a 20-minute film which is worth doing first; 3) the "main attraction" (entrance fee) is the Boott Mill (textile cloth production) which is about a half mile walk from the visitor center or you can park... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Was very impressed with exhibits and the facilities. Learned a lot from the signage and while we only experienced one part of the museum, feel like we got a great deal of information from our one tour. Will definitely be back to see and learn more. We went with a bunch of 10 year olds and while they were interested... More

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Palo Alto, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
44 attraction reviews
340 helpful votes 340 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We visited the Lowell National Historical Park (AKA Lowell Mills) in late May, 2014. This national historic park consists of several buildings spread around downtown Lowell MA. I don't know that we saw all of them but the ones we saw were amazing - and I don't say that lightly. Start your visit at the Visitor Center which is on... More

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a charming urban National Park with enthusiastic and knowledgeable rangers. Not to miss a canal tour or trolley tour, book in advance, they fill up.

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We really enjoyed this national Park Site. My husband, 9 yr old daughters and I took the refurbished trolley ride to the canal tour. The guides for each experienced were well versed, articulate and very personable. The canal tour takes you in a boat through a locke to the Merrimack River. It is a beautiful way to learn about the... More

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Saint Albans, Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My parents and I took the 2:30 pm trolley tour this past Saturday. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and did a great job! The trolley ride was great and getting to see the ginormous tubines and pulley that powered the mills was fantastic.

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