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“Industrial history tours”

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 July 29, 2013

Anyone who likes industrial history will marvel at was accomplished in the mid 19 th century. Take the boat and trolley tour through the city to visit the industrial past.

2  Thank SevenOh
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Have a great family day. Eat from a wide variety of menus. Hear great acoustic music. Unwind. This is an annual event late July and gets better each year.

Thank Irwin A
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to visit and learn about the Industrial Revolution and our textile heritage. Films, demonstrations, pictures artifacts and a working mill from the 19th century.

Thank LarryBnh843
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Being a history nerd, I really enjoyed this park (we went to Bootts and the VIsitor Center). The staff were all extremely pleasant and helpful. There was one woman working the looms and we had her to ourselves for about 10 minutes while we asked all kinds of questions about what she was doing and how the machines worked.
Tip: The exhibition on the second floor of Bootts is really large! We didn't know how large it was, so we didn't budget our time accordingly. Also, if you have kids with you: The second floor has a number of hands-on experiences to help explain how the looms work. You might want to try those out and then return to the first floor to see the machines in action again.

2  Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

It was a rainy day up in the Shire, so we decided to take a trip down to Lowell and visit the Lowell NHP. This particular Thursday, we had the place nearly entirely to ourselves. The staff were very polite and helpful and overall we had a very good experience. This park is focused on the industrial era of United States and has many examples of cotton mills and life during that time. I found it fascinating.

If you have very young children, you may want to wait until they are 8+ years old. There wasn't much in the way of activities for the very small kids and all the walking might make it a strain. Our daughter is 10 1/2 and she really enjoyed the experience.

Here are some tips to make it a day for you:

1. Start in the Visitor's Center. All the maps and information you need are there.

2. If it is a nice day, plan on a boat ride. Weather prevented us from taking this trip offered by the NPS, but it looked great. There are 1-hour and 2-hour options for touring the canals with a guide. Reservations are made in the Visitor's Center. We walked to a few places that would have been better experienced by boat including the "Industrial Canyon" where the canals run between the old mills. You may want to call ahead for tickets/reservations if this is something you want to do.

3. From the Visitor's Center, I suggest the trolley. We found the walk around the canal a bit seedier than we had expected. This would have been ok with just my wife and me, but our little family making our way through the urban jungle was a little more than we bargained for. At the end of the day when we rode the trolley back to the Visitor's Center, we unanimously wished we had ridden it over to start. If you want that urban experience, by all means take the walk.

4. We stopped at the Boott Cotton Mill next. This was the one place that required an admission fee. The immersive quality of this museum is complete with fully operating looms complete with ear protection to walk the production floor. I personally worked in a cotton mill in the South 20 years ago and can attest to the accuracy with which this facility is portrayed. The Weave room gave our daughter a gift of some cloth woven there and a wood bobbin. That was a nice touch. We bought some gifts for our family back home in the gift shop here. We spent just over an hour here.

5. It was lunch time and we walked back down to Lowell to grab a bite to eat at the Old Court Irish Pub & Restaurant. Check out my review there. It was good.

5. The Mill Girls house and history is across the plaza from the Boott Cotton Mill. The NPS Ranger was very informative and gave us a lot of background on what we were seeing. This is a multifloor exhibit and took about 30 minutes to tour.

6. She also shared with me the "Jack Kerouac" brochure that showed Jack Kerouac's Lowell. Try to find that brochure during your trip if you have any interest in learning more about him.

7. We took the trolley back to the Visitor's Center. From there we walked up the few blocks to the American Textile History Museum. It was well worth the trip. Check out my review. We spent just under two hours touring here which included a coffee.

We arrived at 10:30 and left around 4. It was a full day and I highly recommend it.

5  Thank Darryl P
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