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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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Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We took the train from Boston - apx. a 1 hour ride - for a day trip to Lowell. We were disappointed to find that there is no information at the train station on how to get to the national park. We discovered that it is fairly easy to walk there with the assistance of a map or GPS. Upon... More

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Worcester, MA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in history, how things work and how clothes used to be made, check out the Boott Cotton Mills museum. They do a great job and the rangers are always helpful. My favorite part of the park has to be the Canal Tour. My wife and I have done it 3 times with different couples. They take... More

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Canton, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Be sure to sign up for one of the boat rides on the historic canals and see the Boot Textile Mill where there is an actual weaving room just like it was in 1900. You can see cloth being woven.

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Boston
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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Out of town relatives brought us back to Lowell after a number of years. The National Park has done an excellent job with introductory videos, fascinating and well prepared exhibits, and of course the Boott Cotton Mill experience was outstanding. There is plenty for the serious historian and activities and objects focused toward a family trip with youngsters. Rangers on... More

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Stow, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

One of the 1st National Park Services Urban National Parks designed to preserve and protect the historic importance of the Industrial Revolution. Lowell, MA was one of the 1st US industrial centers. There are tours of the 1st cotton mills, a museum that follows the evolution of Lowell from the early 1800’s through the 21st century, a trolley ride, and... More

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Montreal, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The buildings and displays offer a fascinating portrait of the development of America's industrial heartland. When we arrived the free parking area was closed because it was being prepared for an upcoming festival. We were directed to park in a municipal parking lot which we had to pay for. I was surprised that the museum staff told us they were... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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263 reviews 263 reviews
241 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We took a day trip from Boston to visit this historic section of Massachusetts and were not disappointed. We learned so much about this important industry in our history.

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Hamilton, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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