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“Pretty cool”

Lowell National Historical Park
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US$109.00*
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Lowell National Park Day Trip
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Lowell
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Owner description: This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial Revolution.
Hamilton, Canada
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Pretty cool”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Overall it is a pretty cool park. The buildings and machines on display are cool. The visitors center is great for little kids and adults. The canal tour shows you what the canal would have been like and how a lock works but it does not give you a good feel for Lowell. Visit the park but dont go on the canal cruise.

Visited July 2014
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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Industrial Revolution Come to Life”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Lowell National Park offers it all. You can take a canal boat ride, catch the trolley, tour the museums and talk with friendly and very informative park rangers. The Industrial Revolution in America started here with the mill works. You can learn about the history and technology and why Lowell was the best site to locate the mills. It an interesting look at this period of our history. Don't pass this one up, it's worth doing.

Visited June 2014
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Canandaigua, New York
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“Stepping back into the 1860's”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

A great historical area to visit and learn about the beginning of the industrial revolution. Stop in to see a working mill ( even provides ear plugs) The rangers are very informative and friendly, the museum has many authentic items and the videos and interview of actual workers impressive.

Visited July 2014
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Dracut, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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“Not just history”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I recently rediscovered this gem in the heart of the city. This park is all about mill history, canal boat rides, and trolley rides, but the other part that people often don't notice is that it is a great place for a walk or a bike ride. There are paths along the canals where a family (even the little ones) can enjoy an easy walk or ride. The paths are fairly level making for an easy and enjoyable time and although they occasionally cross roads, for the most part you are away from traffic. As a bonus, you are never far from the downtown area where it's easy to find coffee, pastry, lunch, or whatever you are looking for. I sound like a salesperson for the park but every time I go there I can't wait to go back. The park office validates your parking which is free, the rangers are fantastic and always ready to assist. You can make your own list of things to do here so the visit can last for an hour or a day. I can't imagine anyone coming away with a negative impression of this national park unless they really work at it... Enjoy!

Visited June 2014
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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“Interesting History -- Just Couldn't Get Excited About This One”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Things you'd like to know: 1) There is free parking in a gate controlled lot right behind the main visitor center; 2) there is a 20-minute film which is worth doing first; 3) the "main attraction" (entrance fee) is the Boott Mill (textile cloth production) which is about a half mile walk from the visitor center or you can park there.

This is an interesting slice of US history and a big part of our industrialization. They have part of the cloth mill operating on the old belt and pulley system with electric motors which is impressive. Like almost everything in the national park system this site is well thought out and there are lots of people around to help you and answer questions.

The creation of this site in 1978 acknowledges Lowell's contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. Lowell's culture, environment, and historic manufacturing economy are influential pieces of our national heritage which ultimately changed American life.

The city mills represent the first large-scale planned industrial city in American history. The Park is integrated into the modern City of Lowell. Walking from the Visitor's Center to the various sites is recommended so you get a feel for the history and the current city.

I was there with my wife and neither of us felt excited by this park. Therefore, the average rating. If you have not seen historic manufacturing operations and/or cloth production it would be more interesting, and it is great for kids and school groups.

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Visited June 2014
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