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LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
AND LOWELL HERITAGE STATE PARK
LOCATION - To reach Lowell Heritage State Park at 25 Shattuck Street in Lowell, take either 1-495 or Massachusetts 3 to the exit for the Lowell Connector. Stay on the Connector to Exit 5N, Thorndike Street, and follow signs.
FEATURES - Lowell, called City of Spindles in the early 1800s because of all its power looms, is the largest of the Heritage State Parks and requires at least two full days to see all its major offerings. It commemorates Lowell's role in the American Labor Movement, and you'll learn about the mills, the "mill girls," and how the innovative canals were developed. Both the state and national park include over 5 miles of canals, operating gatehouses, and nineteenth-century commercial structures.
ACTIVITIES - Take a guided walking tour of historic Lowell or a guided 2.5-hour mill and canal tour offered during the summers.
Take a 21/4-hour barge or reconstructed 1901 trolley car tour offered July-Columbus Day. Tours go every day from Memorial Day through Columbus Day and advance reservations are required. Call 508-459-1000.
Watch the slide show and tour the waterpower exhibit in the Mack Building to learn how transportation locks work. Stroll through the restored 1835 mill boarding house to get a glimpse into the life of early immigrants who worked here.
Stop by the national park visitor center at 246 Market Street to see "Lowell: The Industrial Revelation." Boott Cotton Mills Museum features a re-created weave room with 90 operating power looms.
Stroll along the Merrimack River on the Vandenberg Esplanade's 1.5-mile-long landscaped riverbank park. Go down to the Bellegarde Boathouse to take a boat ride through the newly restored transportation locks on Lowell's historic canal system. Enjoy an evening cruise on the river from June-August. Attend summer concerts at the Sampas Pavilion.
Market Mills on Market Street is a restored mill complex now housing a gift shop, ethnic cuisine, and an art gallery. The New England Quilt Museum located within the complex is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. It's open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00-5:00 year-round. For information, call 508-459-7819.
Tour Whistler's House and Museum of Art at 243 Worthen Street. They're open Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00-4:00 and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 from March-December. Call 508-452-7641 for guided tour reservations.
Ten minutes from the park is Lowell-Dracut-Tynsboro State Forest where you can hike scenic trails beside quarry sites, glacial boulders, and ponds.
Many visitors come during the spring to enjoy the wildflowers and then in the fall for the colorful fall foliage. Come to cross-country ski during the winter. Call 508-453-1950 for information.
Lowell National Historical Park
169 Merrimack Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Lowell Heritage State Park 25 Shattuck Street Lowell, Massachusetts 01852 508-453-1950
Lowell National Historical Park on the map. How to get there and what to see in the Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts. Description of the attractions of the Lowell National Historical Park