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    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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Things To Know Before You Come

Tour Reservations

The National Park runs various programs seasonally. Visitors are recommended to make reservations for all tours in advance as they can fill up quickly. To make a reservation, please call (978) 970-5000. Please check the tours section for more information.

 
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Boat tour on the Merrimack River

NPS/Jen Myers

Weather

Summer: Lowell typically has a warm climate throughout the summer ranging from the mid 60s to mid 90s during the day, with rain and thunderstorms more common in the months of July and August. Boats and trolleys operate rain or shine and are only cancelled in cases of extreme weather or the presence of thunder and lightning.

 
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The Worker Statue

NPS/Marylin Bott

Winter: Lowell typically has cold winters with temperatures ranging from the mid 30s and 40s to single digit temperatures. Snow storms occur frequently throughout the winter season, so please make sure to check the park website for any updates about operating hours.

For accurate weather updates, please call our National Park Visitor Center at (978) 970-5000 or visit the National Weather Service Lowell page for more information.

 
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Parking

Limited free parking is available at the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton Street. Please see our directions page for details on finding our lot. Additional on-street metered parking is available for up to two hours. Throughout downtown Lowell are a number of municipal parking garages. For a complete list of city garages, please visit the City of Lowell's parking page.

 
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Lodging

Hotels

Lowell and the surrounding cities and towns are home to a number of hotels. For a list of nearby lodging visit the city of Lowell's hotel directory or call the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau at 978-459-6150.

Camping

There are many campgrounds close to the city of Lowell. For a complete list, of camping sites in Massachusetts, visit their camping website, or call the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau at 978-459-6150.

 
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Goods and Services

Restaurants

The city of Lowell has a proud tradition of being an immigrant city, which is reflected in the diversity of restaurants in the downtown area. From Greek, to Vietnamese, to Cambodian, there is food for everyone to enjoy in the city. The last week in July is the annual Lowell Folk Festival which features a wide variety of ethnic foods prepared by local family restaurants and organizations in the city of Lowell. For a full list of restaurants please visit the City of Lowell's dining page.

Shops and Entertainment

Downtown Lowell has many shops and entertainment venues to enjoy. From concerts, to watching the Lowell Spinners baseball team, to taking in a play at the Merrimack Repertory Theater, there is always an event to attend in the city. Lowell is about 45 minutes, (30 miles), outside of Boston, 15 minutes (14.5 miles) away from the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH and 20 minutes, (15 miles) away from the Burlington Mall in Burlington, MA. For more information, please visit Lowell's entertainment page.

Banking & ATMs

Throughout downtown Lowell area are many banking institutions. Several national, regional, and local banks all with 24 hour-ATMs have offices within several blocks of the park Visitor Center. Consult your banking institution for information regarding local branches in and around the city before your visit.

Post Office

The United States Postal Service Lowell branch is located on 20 Market Street, just a 5 minute walk down the street from the National Park Visitor Center.

Medical Services

The Greater Lowell area is serviced by Lowell General Hospital, located at 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell ,MA, 01854, just two miles from the National Park Visitor Center. There are several national chain pharmacies in the city, including one in the downtown, just a few blocks away from the National Park Visitor Center. Park sites are also equipped with first aid kits and AEDs.

 
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Pets

Pets are not allowed in park buildings or on tours unless they are service animals. However, the National Park has gorgeous walking trails along the canals and river for you and your pet. Routes range from 1 mile to a mile and a half. For more information about services animals, please visit the ADA website.

Did You Know?

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The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a collaborative project of the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park. Over 60,000 school children per year experience curriculum based education programs at the park & Center. More...