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“I know Kerouac was gritty, but...” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Kerouac Park

Kerouac Park
Lowell, MA
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Ranked #29 of 38 things to do in Lowell
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: A park dedicated to the novelist Jack Kerouac gives visitors a glimpse into his childhood and beginnings as a writer.
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“I know Kerouac was gritty, but...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This "tribute" was a joke and a complete afterthought. Someone needs to rethink this. It is not well maintained. The day we were there we couldn't even read the monuments because they were wet and the letters blended in with the stone. With the new "On The Road" movie coming out and what will likely be a resurgence of interest in Kerouac, the public will not be kind to Lowell and their treatment of this American icon. This is a case of where it would probably be better to either move it or close it just to avoid the embarrassment of crushing the expectations of those who tour it.

Visited June 2013
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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“Monotonous”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I've lived in Lowell for 20 years... Nothing special. Ever.
Unless you're someone who REALLY appreciates history, don't come here.

Visited March 2013
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“Move over creeps, I want to read the plaque...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

In keeping with a soul who was not materialistic this small and shady nook of a park in downtown Lowell is an understatement of monuments to a great American icon. If you can navigate the uneven pavement and get the thugs who hang out there to move along so you can read the plaquues, you might have a moment to reflect on the life of the Beat Generations daddio! Don't linger too long, you don't want to get caught up in the deal that is going down within ear shot...

Visited November 2012
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“Not much to see here”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Unless you're a big Keruoac fan, skip this place. It is a tiny park without much to see. If you're heading to Boarding House Park, maybe you can walk through, but otherwise just drive by and wave.

Visited September 2012
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“Please don't listen to the Juggle review below”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Please don't be adversely swayed by the review below that tells you to go elsewhere for your Kerouac Pilgrimage. Anyone who knows Kerouac will know that Lowell is NOT a yuppie town, which is obviously what that reviewer is used to. It doesn't even have a Starbucks downtown! Lowell is a sweet quaint city that is full of history and great restaurants. Kerouac Park is a lovely place to sit and read some Kerouac, or just think. It is worth the trip, especially in October for the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festival.

Visited March 2012
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