Plan Your Visit

The Boott Mills and Eastern Canal.

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum

NPS/Andrew Donovan


Welcome to Lowell National Historical Park

The story of Lowell is a powerful experience within a landscape that has much to offer visitors. Here we tell the stories of innovation in technology and engineering and of people who came from faraway lands looking to make a better life for themselves and their families. Lowell offers unique experiences for all types of visitors throughout the year. What kind of visitor are you?

A group of men, women, and children looking at a machine that makes cloth

A group of visitors looking at a Power Loom

NPS/Jen Myers

Time Traveler:

Fascinated by connections between our past and present? You’ve hit the jackpot. Dig into the living legacies of the Industrial Revolution with interactive programs and explorations.

A crowded street at night full of people and tents

Visitors enjoying the night life in Lowell

NPS/Andy Pearson

Urban Explorer:

Ready to immerse yourself in the city? Grab a map and dive in. Fill up an afternoon or weekend with arts, culture, and global food, or a stroll off the beaten path.

  • Pack your day with Lowell’s museums and galleries, from the Boott Mills to the Whistler House, the Brush Gallery to Western Avenue Studios (and tons more!)
  • This city loves a party. Year round festivals celebrate Lowell’s global cultures and rich history.
  • Stroll the Merrimack River Walk, where Lowell’s industrial past meets a powerful natural landscape.
A boy and a girl with their backs to us face look into a room with machines making fabric

Youth enjoying the Boott Cotton Mills weave room

NPS/Andy Pearson

Kid at Heart:

Planning a fun day with the kids? Lowell’s your playground! From hands-on activities to trolley rides, we’ve got lots for kids and grownups to explore together.

  • Make LNHP your headquarters for creative learning with our series of free Your City drop-in programs, plus lots of kid-friendly special events.
  • All aboard! Ride the rails on our four historic trolleys, operating March through November.
  • Ask a park ranger for a free Junior Ranger activity book, the explore your national park to earn a badge.
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Lowell residents posing for a picture

NPS/Andy Pearson

Local Expert:

Is Lowell your neighborhood? Come hang out! Whether you want to get involved or cross that tour off your bucket list, the park’s your hub for local happenings.

  • Experience your city on a whole different level (or show off to out-of-towners) with a Canal Tour, May–October.
  • Get behind the scenes: volunteers and interns help with programs, research, the Folk Festival, and more!
  • Check our calendar for special events. From evening films to dance performances to citywide festivals, there’s a lot going on at your park.

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