Basic Information

246 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852

From Interstate Route 495 take Exit 35C on to the Lowell Connector. From Route 3 take Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound. • Take the Lowell Connector to Exit 5B (Thorndike Street). • Continue right on to Thorndike Street, which becomes Dutton Street. • At the third traffic light continue straight under the overpass. • At the next light turn right into the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Take a ticket at the gate and bring the ticket inside for free validation.

Lowell National Historical Park

Visitor Center Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Boott Cotton Mills Museum open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (March - November), 12 - 4 p.m. (December-February). Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Summer), 1:30 - 5 p.m. (October-November & March- May), 1:30 - 4 p.m. (December- February). Boat Tours offered daily Memorial Day - Labor Day, weekends through Columbus Day. See www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/guidedtours for a complete schedule.

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Additional Information

Park District

Boott Cotton Mills Museum

Hours for Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John Street)

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Additional Information

Summer: Throughout the summer, temperatures range 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. Winter: Winters are typically cold with temperatures in the mid 30s and 40s (with occasional single digit temperatures) and snow storms with a few inches accumulation occur frequently throughout the season.

Entrance Fees:

Boott Cotton Mills Museum - $6.00

Interpretive Demonstration fees at the Boott Mills Museum- $6 for Adults, $4 Senior (62+), $3 Student, $3 Youth (under 17), Free for 5 or under. Discounts for America the Beautiful Interagency Pass holders. Free for 4th grade holders of the Every Kid in a Park Pass.

Canal Boat Tour Fee - $12.00

90 minute-2 hour Canal Boat Tours offered Memorial Day- Columbus Day. $12 adults, $10 Senior, $8 Student, $8 Youth (6-16 yrs.), Free for under 5.

Visitor Center

Main Visitor Center at 246 Market Street at the Market Mills complex, with free parking at 304 Dutton Street. Offering introductory exhibits, our 16-minute orientation film presented every 1/2 hour, and information on the park, the city of Lowell, and the surrounding area.

 

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.


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 thepresence of thunder and lightning.


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.


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.


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 the Massachusetts state camping website, or call the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau at 978-459-6150.


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 takingin 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 theNational 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.


Pets


Pets are not allowed in park buildings or on tours unlessthey 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 service animals, please visit the ADA website.

Last updated: October 12, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Phone:

(978) 970-5000

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