Meet Us on the Merrimack

Meet Us on the Merrimack Boats on the river

Join us out on the river on Monday and Thursday evenings in July and August to "Meet Us on the Merrimack."

Note: The 2021 season has been suspended due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. We hope to see you at Meet Us on the Merrimack in 2022!

Join us on the banks of the Merrimack River at the UMass Lowell Bellegarde boathouse this summer. Discover (or rediscover) the Merrimack River and connect with National Park rangers.

Each week in July & August, we'll be out at our green tent (look for the Arrowhead!) next to the boathouse on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Stop by, chat with the rangers, and find out about all the great activities and programs taking place at Lowell National Historical Park this summer.

We'll be offering short boat rides on the pontoon river boat Francis Cabot Lowell at 5:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:10 p.m. Rides are free and no reservations are necessary, but you must have a ticket to board the boat. Tickets will be available at our green tent starting at 5:30 p.m. on nights that we're out at the river. First come, first served, and tickets are limited to 5 per individual.

Boat rides are about 25-30 minutes, with a ranger aboard to answer questions and introduce riders to Lowell National Historical Park. The tour route or time may vary, and may be cancelled due to weather or water levels.

The UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse is located at 500 Pawtucket Boulevard, and limited parking is available in the lot next to the boathouse, and along the boulevard.

We hope to see you out at the river, and if your boat ride leaves you wanting more, consider one of our full-length tours through Lowell's canals and lock chambers starting from our downtown visitor center at 246 Market Street. (More details here)

Last updated: May 12, 2021

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