Folk Festival Parking and Schedule Changes
While the park helps the city prepare for and celebrate the Lowell Folk Festival, the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton St. will be closed Wed July 23-Mon July 28. Also check our Operating Hours page for changes to tour and exhibit schedules. More »
2013 National Park Summer Offerings in Lowell
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
LOWELL, MA —This summer, be revolutionary. Explore the dynamic story of our nation’s Industrial Revolution on a canal, trolley, or walking tour at Lowell National Historical Park. Beginning Saturday, June 22, summer offerings–including daily canal boat tours–provide rich opportunities for visitors of all ages to connect with Lowell’s vibrant past, present, and future. Lowell National Historical Park, one of 401 units of the National Park Service, inspires and engages people in discovery, stewardship and preservation of the human stories, tangible reminders and continuing legacies of American industrialization. Hear the roar of an operating weave room at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Explore waterpower along 5.6 miles of canals, walkways, and operating gatehouses. Ride the rails on historic replica trolleys running throughout the day.
Canal Boat Tours
Fees: Adults, $8.00; Seniors/students, $7.00; youth (6 -16 years old), $6.00; Children 5 and under, free. (For the extended Full Works tour, please add $2 to these fees.)
*Boat tour schedules and itineraries may be modified at any time depending on water levels. Reservations required.
Working the Water Canal Boat Tour* (90 minutes)
Who dug the canals? Who worked the locks and gates? Ride the Pawtucket Canal to the Merrimack River while discovering Lowell’s working past and the human force behind the power of the canal system.
This canal boat tour is offered daily at 11:00am.
Engineering Innovation Canal Boat Tour* (2 hours)
Explore engineering on the Pawtucket Canal, Merrimack River and Pawtucket Gatehouse.
This canal boat tour is offered daily at 12:00pm.
Transforming Landscapes Canal Boat Tour* (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Travel the length of the Pawtucket Canal, including an exciting ride through Swamp Locks.
This canal boat tour is offered daily at 2:00pm & 3:00pm.
Full Works Canal Boat Tour* (3 hours)
A comprehensive tour of gatehouses, waterways and other historic structures.
This canal boat tour is offered July 13 & 21, August 4 & 17 at 2:00pm.
Guided Trolley Tours
Explore Lowell Trolley Tour (40 minutes)
Get started by exploring Lowell on this short family-friendly trolley ride through Lowell’s historic downtown.
This tour is offered daily at 10:00am Free.
Controlling Nature Trolley Tour (90 minutes)
Ride the rails and take a behind-the-scenes look at water power and working conditions.
This tour is offered daily at 2:30pm Free.
Ranger Walks and Talks
The Park in the City Guided Walk (30 minutes)
Discover the evolution of this industrial city from its historical origins to today’s modern city on a downtown walking tour. Learn about risk takers of yesterday and today.
Departing from the Visitor Center - Daily, 12:30pm & 3:30pm.
Hidden History Ranger Talks (15 minutes)
Join our brief ranger talks that dig a little deeper into the experiences of Lowell.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Daily, 11:00am & 3:00pm
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit. Daily, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Museum Meet-up Conversations @ Boott Mills (45 minutes)
Speak up! Gather for a dynamic dialogue on Lowell’s historical connections to today’s critical issues.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Daily, 1:00pm.
Lowell, In Our Own Words (90 minutes)
How do you experience Lowell? Express your own history of Lowell through a series of creative writing workshop focused on immigration, women’s history and the environment.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Thursdays, 12:30pm. (7/11-8/22, no workshop 8/1)
Visitor Center - 246 Market Street
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Daily.
Begin your visit at the Visitor Center in Market Mills. Get oriented, pick up maps, find activities, make tour reservations, and shop in the Museum Store. Don’t miss the 20-minute introductory film, Lowell: the Industrial Revelation. Ask about Your City Summer family programming and become a Junior Ranger! Free admission.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum - 115 John Street
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Daily.
Experience the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms. See cloth being made and explore interactive exhibits and video programs about mill work. Shop in the Boott Museum Store for a shuttle of your own.
Fees: Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6 -16 & Students $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under, free.
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit - 40 French Street
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Daily.
What was life like outside the textile factories? Explore the history of mill girls and the legacy of immigrants in a Boott Mills boardinghouse. The Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, located in the Mogan Cultural Center, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. Free admission.
All Aboard! Catch a ride between exhibit sites on a historic replica trolley. Trolleys are free and operate daily through the summer. Schedules vary so check for the trolley schedule at the Visitor Center or at trolley stops.
For more park information visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.