Guided Tours & Programs

Francis Gate

Through June 12, 2015
(see details below):

Canal Boat Tours on weekends at
11 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Trolley Tours on weekdays at 2:30 p.m.

Lowell National Historical Park offers a wide variety of tours and programs throughout the year. Spaces for tours, especially for boat tours, are limited and reservations are suggested. To make a reservation, call (978) 970-5000.

Trolley tours and walking tours are offered free of charge. Boat tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $8 for students and youths (age 6-16), and free for children 5 and under.

For boat tours, visitors should arrive at the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, Lowell, at least 15 minutes before tour start time to purchase their tickets. For trolley and walking tours, visitors should arrive at the Visitor Center about ten minutes before tour start time.

Boat tours are on an open-topped boat, and the tours run rain or shine. For the best tour experience, plan for the weather and be sure to have sunscreen, a hat or other head covering, and plenty of water with you. The specific route for boat tours may change due to the weather or to changing levels of water in the river or the canals. Occasionally, tours may be cancelled due to the weather or water levels. If you have any questions about your tour, please call the park at (978) 970-5000.

Swamp Locks

Working the Water Boat Tour

Who dug the canals? Who laid the stone walls? Who operated the locks and gates? Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell's remarkable waterpower system. Find out who is still "working the water" today.

All boat tours start at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street)

90-minute tour offered at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. on weekends (and Memorial Day) starting on May 24. Tours offered daily starting June 13 (Starting June 13, the 12 noon tour will be the 2-hour Engineering Innovation tour- see below). Tour locations may vary depending on river and canal water levels.

Pawtucket Gatehouse

Engineering Innovation Boat Tour

Lowell was the Silicon Valley of the early 19th century-a center of innovation, invention, and technology. Learn about the experiments, feats of engineering, and creative problem solving that made Lowell successful. Discover the spirit of innovation that continues to shape the city today.

Tour starts at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street).

Two hour tour offered daily at 12 noon starting on June 13. Tour route may vary depending on river water levels.


Trolley Tour

Views of Lowell Trolley Tour

Discover the diversity and variety of Lowell's stories. Find out about the famous Mill Girls, the technology that powered the mills, the ways that immigrants have contributed to the industrial city, and how all of these have shaped both the city's past and its present.

2:30 p.m. 75 minutes. Free. Meets at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum front desk.

Offered Weekdays (Monday-Friday) at 2:30 p.m. starting on May 26, 2015. Tours will be offered daily beginning on June 13, 2015.

HiddenHistory Talk

Ranger Talks

Explore the breadth and depth of Lowell's history with a brief ranger presentation at one of our historic locations. Topics change daily and could range from labor strikes to turbine technology to the impact of industrialization on the environment. Talks are 10-15 minutes, with time for questions following the talk.

Boott Mills Museum Second Floor. Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Free with Admission).

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