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Lowell National Historical Park

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Address: 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Phone Number: 978-970-5000
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial...
This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial Revolution.
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A must see!

My daughter attended UMass-Lowell and my now 12 year old son and I visited on two spring breaks. This is the one place he wanted to visit a second time. The National Park... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My daughter attended UMass-Lowell and my now 12 year old son and I visited on two spring breaks. This is the one place he wanted to visit a second time. The National Park Service does a great job of bringing to life the textile industry that launched Lowell and the nation into a new industrial age. There are several significant... More 

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Beachwood, New Jersey
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102 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The first time I've seen anational park inside a city. It is very interesting to learn the antecedents of present day Lowell. Worth a few hours.

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Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love American history, and the mills in Lowell formed the basis for the manufacturing economy of this country. They were also dependent on southern cotton and slavery, but lest I become pedantic, this is why this area is so worth seeing. So much started here. Women worked in the mills- so go see the boardinghouse where they lived, where... More 

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Vermont
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a great piece of history and a beautifully revitalized part of the city. The exhibits were interesting and informative and the rangers were helpful and friendly. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon walking around the city center following the power canals that fed the mills. The sidewalks and green spaces that connected everything were generally clean... More 

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La Salle, Illinois
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66 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Pretty cool to be in a national park in a city. Well interpreted sites bring the industrial revolution to life in a way I didn't expect. This is well worth a visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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42 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We've visited here a couple of times. Once a long time ago with our sons' boy scout troop. Later with as a history group for a quilting exhibit. The staff and rangers are wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We found the free parking lot area, but the mix of free, pay and private parking confused us. The Visitors Center needs better signs from the parking area. Once inside, we enjoyed the film, bought some cloth, and headed off for the boarding house exhibit. The museum focuses on the personal and social dimensions of the the mill system.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The National Park Service, to my experience, always does an excellent job. The Lowell NHP is no exception. Situated in an old textile mill, the Visitor Center provides an good starting point. The Boot Mills Museum has a working weave room set up that gives a wonderful sense of what working in a mill must have been like. Walking tours... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Met a friend and her 3 boys, (plus my son), ages 8-14 for the afternoon. The boys (including dad) were groaning that this would be boring but as I predicted based on Tripadvisor reviews everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the National Historic Park. The Park staff was engaging and you could tell they truly loved to tell the story of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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30 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Fascinating and unique national historical park in an urban setting. You learn and understand the genesis, growth and demise of the Industrial Revolution in this part of New England by visiting several of the original textile mill buildings. Excellent and enlightening experience. Exhibits and films presented are top-notch. Good for young and old. A truly eye-opening experience for anyone interested... More 

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