Lowell (Massachusetts)Massachusetts about 40 minutes northwest of Boston. With over 105,000 residents, it is the fourth largest city in Massachusetts, and has an important historical background. It was the first planned industrial city in the United States.
By planeThe nearest airports are Boston's Logan Airport and Manchester Airport in New Hampshire, each about 40 minutes away.
By trainThe Lowell line of the MBTA Commuter Rail has a terminus in Lowell. This train station is about a 15 minute walk from downtown, or there is a shuttle that runs between the train station and downtown.
By carTake U.S. Route 3 or Interstate 495 to the Lowell Connector, a 2.5 mile highway that ends near downtown Lowell. Be careful; the Lowell Connector is one of the most dangerous highways in the state. Exit 31 on Route 3 and exits 37 and 38 on I-495 will also take you to Lowell.
The Lowell Regional Transit Authority has regular shuttles going around Lowell and several neighboring towns.
phone: +1 978 441-0400address: 491 Dutton StDue to financial constraints, the museum of American Textile History closed in 2016.
phone: +1 978-458-5835address: 25 Shattuck StThis is a satellite of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine and shows the history of transit in Lowell in the context of American transit history.
phone: +1 978 452-4207address: 18 Shattuck St
address: 243 Worthen St
- Merrimack River Bridges. Lowell is home to several impressive bridges, two of which cross the Merrimack River. The Aiken Street Bridge is a lenticular through truss bridge, one of the rarest bridge types. The Central Bridge is a cantilevered through truss bridge. Both spans offer pedestrian access and are highly impressive.
- Lowell Industrial Canals. There are four narrow and unnavigable canals running through downtown Lowell. These canals were used as a hydropower source when the mills and factories were still in use. Despite their size, the canals are home to some beautiful restored historic footbridges. Also, several sets of locks along the canals are still in use for flood control. The four canals, together with the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, form part of downtown Lowell as an island.
Pawtucket Falls and DamPawtucket Falls and Dam is a large man-made waterfall and hydroelectric dam located directly underneath the University Avenue Bridge. It is one of three large hydroelectric dams along the Merrimack. While the only immediate access through the Dam is by boat, viewing the dam and its associated man-made islands from above is still an impressive sight.
phone: +1 978 970-5000address: 67 Kirk StreetOpen year round. 9AM-5PM (Summer to 5:30PM). Commemorates the history of the American Industrial Revolution in Lowell. Includes the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, textile mills, canals, worker houses, and 19th-century commercial buildings.
address: 450 Aiken St5000-person stadium that hosts home games of the Lowell Spinners, a class A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and the UMass Lowell River Hawks.
phone: +1 978-934-5760address: 300 Martin Luther King Jr. WayHosts concerts and home games of the UMass-Lowell River Hawks (an NCAA Division I hockey team).
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State ForestLocated in the western edge of the city. This is a 1140-acre forest that has 180 acres of ponds, swamps, and wetlands.
- Cawley Stadium, off of Route 38 near Tewksbury. Hosts various sports events.
address: 50 East Merrimack Street
Lowell Folk FestivalOne of the largest free folk festivals in the United States, end of July. Performers throughout city, international food court.
Lowell Quilt FestivalAnnual celebration of quilts throughout city, with quilting classes, exhibitions, and demonstrations.
Lowell WinterfestAnnual family-friendly celebration of the wonders of winter, including the National Human Dogsled Championships.
UMass Lowell Bellgarde Boathouseaddress: 500 Pawtucket BLVDHome to UMass Lowell's rowing program.
- University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Av., Phone: +1 978-934-4000.
- Middlesex Community College, (Lowell Campus) 33 Kearney Square.
address: 231 Central St
address: 17 Shattuck Street
phone: +1 978 454-2739address: 61 Market Street
phone: +1 978 458-7052address: 207 Market Street
phone: +1 978 446-0977address: 368 Merrimack St
phone: +1 978 970-3411address: 110 University AveGreat bento boxes, delicious bubble teas, and a plethora of eggrolls. If you are look for some traditional treats, or perhaps something a new give them a try. The selection of egg rolls varies from the usual spring rolls to westernized rolls, like cheeseburger or buffalo chicken; there is a great variety to try here!
phone: +1 978-458-1288address: 105 Market St
phone: +1 978-452-0100address: 29-31 Central St
Cappy's Copper Kettlephone: +1 978-735-4866address: 245 Central St
phone: +1 978-454-2739address: 61 Market St
phone: +1 978 458-7575address: 30 Industrial Avenue
phone: +1 978-649-4400address: 160 Pawtucket Blvd, Tyngsboro
phone: +1 978 934-6918address: 50 Warren Street