Guided Tours

Francis Gate

Lowell National Historical Park offers a wide variety of tours and programs throughout the year. Spaces for tours, especially for boat tours, are limited and reservations are suggested. To make a reservation, call (978) 970-5000.

Trolley and walking tours are offered free of charge. Boat tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $8 for students and youths (age 6-16), and free for children 5 and under. Cash, check , or charge (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) may be used for payment.

For boat tours, visitors should arrive at the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, Lowell, at least 30 minutes before tour start time to purchase their tickets. For trolley and walking tours, visitors should arrive at the Visitor Center about 30 minutes before tour start time.

Boat tours are on an open-topped boat, and the tours run rain or shine. For the best tour experience, plan for the weather and be sure to have sunscreen, a hat or other head covering, and plenty of water with you. The specific route for boat tours may change due to the weather or to changing levels of water in the river or the canals. Occasionally, tours may be cancelled due to the weather or water levels. If you have any questions about your tour, please call the park at (978) 970-5000.

Visitors on tour with a Ranger gesturing to describe the size of a water turbine

Mill and Trolley Tour

Discover the diversity and variety of Lowell's stories. Find out about the famous Mill Girls, the technology that powered the mills, the ways that immigrants have contributed to the industrial city, and how all of these have shaped both the city's past and its present. Tour combines a trolley ride, a short walk, and a guided visit to the River Transformed exhibit at the Wannalancit Mill.

Offered on Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m. May 28-June 10 (75 minutes). Free.

Swamp Locks

Working the Water Tour

Who dug the canals? Who laid the stone walls? Who operated the locks and gates? Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell's remarkable waterpower system. Find out who is still "working the water" today.

All boat tours start at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street).

90 minute tour. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. May 25 - June 9. Tour route may vary depending on water levels and construction. Fees charged (see above).

Pawtucket Gatehouse

Engineering Innovation Tour

Lowell was the Silicon Valley of the early 19th century-a center of innovation, invention, and technology. Learn about the experiments, feats of engineering, and creative problem solving that made Lowell successful. Discover the spirit of innovation that continues to shape the city today.

Tour starts at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street).
Currently not offered.

A small boat full of people goes in-between two giant brick buildings on a blue canal.

Transforming Landscapes Tour

Follow the Pawtucket Canal to explore the remarkable changes that have occurred along its banks over the last 200 years. Take a trip through the Industrial Canyon and experience a trip through an operating double set of locks!
Tour starts at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street).
Currently not offered.
Trolley Tour

Trolley Ride with a Ranger

Ride along Lowell's rails along the canals and through the downtown with a ranger on vintage or historic reproduction trolleys. See the sights, enjoy the ride, check out one of Lowell's historic gatehouses, and chat with the ranger.
Tour starts at the Visitor Center Trolley Stop (near the Worker Statue in Mack Plaza).
Currently not offered
HiddenHistory Talk
Discover the Boott Cotton Mills Museum

Join a ranger at our discovery cart on the Boott Cotton Mills Museum second floor, get your hands on historic objects (our "cartifacts"), and connect with the many diverse stories of Lowell National Historical Park.

Boott Mills Museum Second Floor. Museum open Monday-Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5 :00 p.m. (Admission Charged).

Last updated: March 7, 2019

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Mailing Address:

67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852


(978) 970-5000

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