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“Park in the City”

Lowell National Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Lowell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial Revolution.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you want to get a good handle on the Industrial Revolution, Lowell NHP is the place to go. Many fine renovated mill buildings, put to good use for today. Plus in summer you can take a canal cruise. The museum is great to see in action the various machines used to produce material, so that you get an appreciation for what workers there experienced.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

"The Mills" were the work roots for so many New Englander's - mine included. The Federal Government spent a lot to preserve this heritage site. Best seen in the summer with a canal ride.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Start here at the visitor center to get information on Boott Mills, a Jack Kerouac self-guided tour or a NPS canal tour. Movie showing background of Lowell and another movie with Lowell scenes and Jack Kerouac's words. Read the NPS site on how and wear to park, we put directions to the parking area into our GPS, found it no problems. Free parking when you take your ticket into the visitor center for validation. Nice place to park and walk over to Merrimack street for lunch too. Read reviews about Boott Mills for more info on this attraction.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We apent two days going to every spot we could find. The Park Rangers are great and gave terrific tours. We loved the tolley ride to Boott Mill and the canal boat ride

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Lowell National Park was the first urban park in the National Park system, established in the 1970's. There are canal boat rides that demonstrate the lock system, an actual mill re-established to show the textile machinery in action, and museums with exhibits about the "mill girls" who worked in the industry, about the various immigrant populations that have flocked to Lowell over the centuries and into the present, etc. It's history presented in an enjoyable and meaningful way.

There are other attractions in Lowell as well, The Whistler, Quilt and Textile Museums, a summer outdoor concert series, and more. Afterwards, discover one of the many ethnic
restaurants of the city.

A great destination for both families and for adults. Some attractions have fees, reasonable, ie. $8 for an hour plus ride on canal plus trolley transportation to and from. Other exhibits, like the Boardinghouse Museum, are free. Full schedule in summer, limited after Labor Day.

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