For information on boat tours, mill & trolley tours, and other programs offered at the park, please visit our Guided Tours page. Reservations are recommended for most tours. Please call (978) 970-5000 for more information.
Special Park Use Permits
Lowell National Historical Park is a unique national park which which often hosts numerous events and activities. Most special events and activities held in the park require a special use permit, issued only after the National Park Service (NPS) determines that the activities involved will not impair park values and resources. Please note that there are usage limits for the number of people and vehicles for any special activity.
For more information on permits and applications, you can contact the park at (978) 275-1700, by email, or by mail: Special Use Permit Coordinator 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:
A permit may be required for photography involving models, sets, or props. There may be a non-refundable application fee, and permit issuance fee. Other fees may apply.
Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity.
First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Therefore, all first amendment activities require special use permits and the NPS may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples of special events that require permits are:
Other activities may require permits if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.
Last updated: September 28, 2021