National Park Canal Boat Tours Begin Memorial Day Weekend in Lowell

Canal tour on the Pawtucket Canal

NPS/Phil Lupsiewicz

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News Release Date: May 18, 2012

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Canal boat tours on weekends and a river-related event kick off the early summer season between Memorial Day weekend and June 19 at Lowell National Historical Park. The Park, one of over 390 units of the National Park Service, preserves and interprets the history of the American Industrial Revolution in Lowell, Massachusetts. The park in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts includes historic cotton textile mills, 5.6 miles of power canals, operating gatehouses, and worker housing. The Park offerings from May 26, 2012 through June 16, 2012 are adjusted for the season. An increased schedule, with canal boat tours offered daily, begins Sunday, June 17.


Working the Water Tour

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. This canal boat tour is offered Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day beginning May 26 through June 16 at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm Fees: Adults, $8.00; Seniors/students, $7.00; youth (6 -16 years old), $6.00; Children 5 and under, free.
*Boat tour schedules and itineraries may be modified at any time depending on water levels.

Views of Lowell Tour

Join a park ranger to discover intriguing locations and stories of Lowell. You may learn about the downtown locks and canal structures; explore the relationship of the river to the power and production of the industrial city; or learn about the lives of Lowell's famous "mill girls." Tour travels primarily by trolley although there may be some walking. This tour is offered at 2:30 pm, Monday -Friday. 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 26 through June 16:

Special Events

Lowell Folklife Series

The series is supporting the African Festival in Lowell by sponsoring the headliner band, RUMBAFRICA. Led by Tshibangu Kadimra, an ambassador of Congolese culture in the United States, the group presents Soukous music and dance from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Visitor Center

246 Market Street

9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Daily.

Begin your visit at the Visitor Center in Market Mills, the former Bigelow Carpet Company complex, one of the city's original textile mills. At the Visitor Center, you can plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city's rich industrial past. Here "Lowell: the Industrial Revelation", an award -winning multimedia presentation, is available introducing visitors to the story of how people, technology, and capital came together to revolutionize textile production-and a way of life-in Lowell and other American cities. Make reservations for park tours and other programs; visit the Children's Corner, sign up for the Junior Ranger Program, and shop in the Museum Store. Learn about Lowell's many cultural institutions and the diverse array of special events that celebrate the city's rich ethnic heritage. 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 and interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. See insert for seasonal hours. Fees: Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6 -16 & Students $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under, free. Call to inquire about special group rates.

Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit,

4o French Street

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Daily.

Explore the history of "mill girls" and 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.


Historic replica trolleys operate daily carrying visitors and students from the Visitor Center to the Boott Mills. Schedules vary; please check for the trolley schedule at the Visitor Center Desk. Free.

Look for the expanded summer offerings beginning Sunday, June 17 and other Park information at or by calling 978-970-5000.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852


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