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“The mill 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 April 15, 2014

This summer take the National Park tour. It's free and part of it takes you through the canal system using locks. it's the only Urban national park.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lowell was the birthplace of the textile industry. Now it is also a home for the creative arts. Galleries and museums are tops.

1  Thank jackholmes181
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

The Lowell National Historical Park was an amazing snapshot of a city's birth as an industrial center, decay and eventual renewal. The company housing and working fabric mill were both excellent. The volunteer rangers were knowledgeable and very helpful. Lots of artifacts really set the stage for better understanding of the birth of the industrial revolution in the United States.

1  Thank rebeccam2565
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

To visit here is to step back in time...a time when water power meant prosperity, when New England industry thrived and when immigration and labor transformed the region. Superb interpreters guide you through many aspects of mill life, from the modest housing, to the roar of the massive machines that drove production. Ride a canal, through locks through the heart of the industrial center..walk the long, long passageways of the weaving rooms. For a lover of history, this place is a true gem. It took me three days to fully take it in, and I still want to go back.

2  Thank ragtop_rider
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Cotton Mills built the city of Lowell and brought jobs to hundreds of thousands over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today, the city is landmark protected and the mills have become part of our National Park system. Main attractions are the Boott Cotton Mills, the Lowell Textile Museum, the Quilt Museum (not a part of the National Park, but really nice), and the visitor center.

There are canal boat rides and exhibitions in the Boarding House and more. The film in the visitors center tells it all, but touring the facilities brings to life the day to day existence of the textile workers. I highly recommend a visit here.

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