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“Loved the boat ride on the canal”

Lowell National Historical Park
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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.
Canton, Texas
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91 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Loved the boat ride on the canal”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Be sure to sign up for one of the boat rides on the historic canals and see the Boot Textile Mill where there is an actual weaving room just like it was in 1900. You can see cloth being woven.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“History, hands on, and Interesting”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Out of town relatives brought us back to Lowell after a number of years. The National Park has done an excellent job with introductory videos, fascinating and well prepared exhibits, and of course the Boott Cotton Mill experience was outstanding. There is plenty for the serious historian and activities and objects focused toward a family trip with youngsters. Rangers on staff were knowledgeable and very personable. We didn't have time to partake the canal ride nor experience the variety of restaurants in the historical area; another trip will take place shortly. Any easy drive from metro-Boston and from north station, a commuter rail ride.

Visited August 2014
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Stow, Massachusetts
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Lowell National Historical Park Canal Boat Tour”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

One of the 1st National Park Services Urban National Parks designed to preserve and protect the historic importance of the Industrial Revolution. Lowell, MA was one of the 1st US industrial centers. There are tours of the 1st cotton mills, a museum that follows the evolution of Lowell from the early 1800’s through the 21st century, a trolley ride, and the Canal Tours. The Canal Tours made be one of the least highlighted features of the Lowell Park Tours. The Canal Tour runs 1.5 hours, board the old trolley’s to the canal boat start point, step on to a 25 person uncovered boat, a Park Ranger does a narrated tour as you progress through 1800 century man made canals that take you to the Merrimack River. Be ready for trip there are no rest rooms after you leave the Visitors Center, bring water it is an uncovered boat and it will get hot. At $8 this canal boat tour is a bargain but hurry the canal tour only run from Memorial Day till September 1st.

Visited August 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Industrial America Developing”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

The buildings and displays offer a fascinating portrait of the development of America's industrial heartland. When we arrived the free parking area was closed because it was being prepared for an upcoming festival. We were directed to park in a municipal parking lot which we had to pay for. I was surprised that the museum staff told us they were not able to validate the parking. It was not very expensive but I found this to be somewhat unprofessional and our visit got off to a bit of a shaky start. The welcome center had some interesting displays (including some panels on Jack Kerouac who lived in Lowell). The most interesting part was the video presentation which gave a nice overview of the development of the cloth weaving industry. The availability of water power for the mills made this a major center in the development of looms. We also toured the Mill girls exhibit which showed how the young lived while working in the mills. They were later replaced by immigrant workers and we were able to explore the transition as well as see the beginnings of the labor movement. We also went to the Cotton Mills Museum (which has a small admission charge). There we learned about the development of the technology and got a first hand view of what life in the factory was like. There was a very informative video overview and lots of information about the early labor movement. I would not make a special trip to Lowell but since we were passing nearby, we spent a couple of very informative hours there.

Visited July 2014
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Very Interesting!!!!!”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We took a day trip from Boston to visit this historic section of Massachusetts and were not disappointed. We learned so much about this important industry in our history.

Visited July 2014
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