2017 National Park Canal Boat Tours Begin Memorial Day Weekend in Lowell

Canal boat in lock chamber
Canalboat in lock chamber


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News Release Date: May 8, 2017

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MA — Canal boat tours begin Memorial Day Weekend at Lowell National Historical Park. Visit Lowell and cruise the historical canals by boat and ride a trolley through downtown. Canal boat tours begin for the 2017 season on Memorial Day weekend. Between May 27 and June 16 Lowell National Historical Park will offer its popular canal tours on Saturdays and Sundays and Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Canal boat tours are offered daily beginning Monday, June 17.
Lowell National Historical Park, one of 417 units of the National Park Service, inspires and engages people in the discovery, preservation and stewardship of the human stories, tangible reminders and legacies of America's industrialization. The park features a historic cotton mill complex, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum with a working weave room, 5.6 miles of canals and canal walkways, operating gatehouses, and historic replica trolleys running throughout the day.
Late Spring: May 27 – June 16
 Boat Tours & Programs:
Views of Lowell Trolley Tour                     
Monday thru Friday (Except Memorial Day)     (1 ¼ hour in duration)  
2:30 pm
View historic neighborhoods, churches and mills from the park’s historic trolley on this hour-long exploration of the city of Lowell.
Working the Water Tour                
Sat/Sun/Memorial Day (1 hour 30 minutes) until expanded schedule begins on June 17.
11:00, 12:00, 2:00 & 3:00
Who dug the canals? Who worked the locks and gates? Discover the human force behind the power of the canal system on this 90-minute tour on the Pawtucket Canal. 
Hidden History Talks
Mill Girl & Immigrants Exhibit        2:00 & 4:00
Boott Cotton Mills Museum 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00
Join a ranger for these short presentations on various topics that explore the “hidden history” behind the stories of Lowell.
Cost: Adults $12.00; Seniors (62+) $10.00; Students (with ID) & Youth (6-16) $8.00, Children under 6 free.
 Additional Visitor Offerings:
In addition to the boat tours and special events, Lowell National Historical Park offers the following opportunities to discover Lowell from May 27 through June 16:

Visitor Center
246 Market Street
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Daily.
Begin your visit at the Visitor Center in Market Mills, one of the city’s original textile mills. Plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city’s rich industrial past. Watch “Lowell: the Industrial Revelation”, an award –winning multimedia presentation, introducing visitors to the story of Lowell. Make reservations for park tours and other programs. Learn about Lowell’s many cultural institutions and diverse array of special events that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritages. Also check out the Children’s Corner, become a Junior Ranger, and shop in the Museum Store. Free admission.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum,
115 John Street
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Daily.
Don’t miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The park’s primary exhibit includes the weave room, interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. Stop 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,
4o French Street
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Daily.
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.
Our historic replica trolleys run in downtown Lowell operating daily carrying visitors and students from the Visitor Center to the Boott Mills. Schedules vary, so please check for the trolley schedule at the Visitor Center Desk or trolley stops throughout town. Free.

To learn more about this and other park offerings during this centennial year of the National Park Service, including expanded summer offerings beginning Saturday, June 17, the Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000, or visit www.nps.gov/lowe .
Look for additional Park information at www.nps.gov/lowe or by calling 978-970-5000.


Last updated: May 8, 2017

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