Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell

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Discover how textile manufacturing transformed the city at Lowell National Historical Park, encompassing several historical sites, such as a series of canals and a 19th-century mill. Walk through the museum dedicated to old textile manufacturing processes and visit factories that contributed to the Industrial Revolution in Lowell. Inspect intact canal raceways (currents used to turn water wheels), and stop by the cultural center commemorating generations of immigrants. Check out the working streetcar line, take a relaxing tour on a canal boat, and learn how water powered nearby factories. If you are unsure where to start, head to the visitor's center to ask for a map and advice. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Lowell holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lowell National Historical Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Lowell has made a remarkable urban park focused on its place as America's textile center for more than a century. It is worth several visits.  more »
  • Very interesting place with multiple galleries of exhibits, photos and explanations. The best part was a visit to the Boott Cotton Mill Museum (part of the park), where an actual weaving room was...  more »
  • I would recommend this because: 1. It's free in including parking 2. The walkways are well maintained and have ramps for strollers 3. You can see nearly all the sites and most of lowell in a couple hours 4. Most of the buildings are still in use so are well maintained 5. It's an interesting piece of history.
  • We visited the visitor center, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, the Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, and the park trolley. We weren’t 100% sure what to expect but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The rich history of the town of Lowell and its impact on the country was wonderful to learn about. Every park ranger we encountered was friendly and helpful. The exhibits were surprisingly detailed and curated with such thoroughness. We left with an appreciation for how people lived and worked in the days of the 1800’s. Thought provoking!

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