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Plan a Trip to the Lowell National Historical Park

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Lowell National Historical Park is located in Lowell Massachusetts on the Merrimack River right near the New Hampshire border. This unique urban park established in 1978 is a window to the 19th-century history of Lowell and of the United States as a whole. Plan your visit from Manchester to this Lowell national park today!

Overview

Location and Hours: The Visitor Center at 246 Market Street is open daily 9am-5pm June to Thanksgiving, with free parking at 304 Dutton Street, or paid parking nearby on the street and in parking garages.

Admission: For those aged 62 and up, you can purchase an annual Senior Pass for $20, or a lifetime Senior Pass for $80. There are also fee-free days for the Boott Mills Museum offered by the National Park Service on several national holidays, including:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • The first day of National Park Week in April
  • The National Park Service Anniversary in August
  • National Public Lands Day in September
  • Veterans Day

Notable Lowell Park Attractions

There are countless activities and tours to discover at this amazing industrial history park. Below are some of the highlights. You can also call ahead to ask about the museum’s guided tours in Spanish!

Boott Cotton Mill: Explore this preserved cotton mill, including a working 1920s-ear weave room and interactive exhibits on the Industrial Revolution and how it affected Lowell, MA.

  • Open daily 9am-5pm June to Thanksgiving
  • $6 for adults, $3 for students with ID and children ages 6-16 (free under age 6), $4 for seniors 62 and up

Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit: On this self-guided tour, walk through an 1850s-style reconstructed corporation boarding house to see how working people lived during the Industrial Revolution.

  • Open daily, 11am-5pm June through early September, 1:30pm-5pm September to Thanksgiving

Canal Boat Tour: Take a leisurely boat ride while learning about the history of these engineering feats.

  • Open daily June through early September, open Saturdays and Sundays September through mid-October
  • Each tour lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours, starting at 11am, noon, 2pm, and 3pm
  • $12 for adults, $8 for students with ID and children ages 6-16 (free under age 6), $10 for seniors 62 and up

Mill and Trolley Tour: Includes a trolley ride on a vintage or historic reproduction trolley, as well as a guided tour of the River Transformed Exhibit.

  • Open daily June through early September with one 90-minute tour starting at 2:30pm
  • Open Monday through Friday September through mid-October, with one 75-minute tour starting at 2:30pm
  • Open Saturdays and Sundays mid-October to Thanksgiving, with one 75-minute tour starting at 2:30pm

Northern Canal Walkway: The Northern Canal was completed in 1847, and the walkway goes atop a 36-foot-high wall called the Great River Wall, with views of the Merrimack River and surrounding areas.

  • Normally open daily 9am-5pm mid-May through mid-October, dependent on water levels and construction

Downtown Walks

  • Open daily June through mid-October, with one 45-minute tour starting at 1pm

Explore the Lowell, MA Area Today

After you are done touring the museum, you can explore more parks in Lowell, MA, then take your pick of the best restaurants in downtown Lowell, MA to refuel. You can also rely on Tulley BMW of Nashua for more local recommendations in the Nashua area, from winter getaways to sushi restaurants to activities and more, and plan a visit from Westford or Lowell, MA or get reacquainted with your hometown.

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