Lowell (Massachusetts)

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Lowell is a city in Massachusetts about 40 minutes northwest of Boston. With over 105,000 residents, it's the fourth largest city in Massachusetts, and has an important historical background. It was the first planned industrial city in the United States.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports are Boston's Logan Airport and Manchester Airport in New Hampshire, each about 40 minutes away.

By train[edit]

The 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 car[edit]

Take 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.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation[edit]

The Lowell Regional Transit Authority[1] has regular shuttles going around Lowell and several neighboring towns.

See[edit][add listing]

Museums[edit]

  • American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., +1 978-441-0400, [2].
  • National Streetcar Museum, 25 Shattuck St., [3]. This 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.
  • New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St., +1 978-452-4207, [4].

Galleries[edit]

  • Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave., +1 978-656-1687 [5]. Open Wed-Sat 12-5:30pm and Sun 12-4pm, Located within the Largest Artist community in the United States. Five floors with approx 250 Artists studios and approx 300 artists. A huge variety of art being created in all mediums including fiber, glass, jewelry, literature, metalwork, paint, photography, pottery, wood and much more.

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  • Western Avenue Artist Studios, 122 Western Ave, [6]. Open studios 1st Saturday of every month 12pm to 5pm. Loading Dock Gallery Wed-Sat 12-5:30pm and Sun 12-4pm Largest Artist community in the United States. Five floors with approx 250 Artists studios and approx 300 artists. A huge variety of art being created in all mediums including fiber, glass, jewelry, literature, metalwork, paint, photography, pottery, wood and much more.
  • Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, +1 978-970-5000, [7]. Open year round. 9AM-5PM (Summer to 5:30PM). Commemmorates 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.
  • Edward A. LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St., [8]. 5000-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.
  • Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, +1 978-934-5760, [9]. Hosts concerts and home games of the UMass-Lowell River Hawks (an NCAA Division I hockey team).
  • Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, [10]. Located 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.
  • Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street, [11].
  • Lowell Folk Festival, [12]. One of the largest free folk festivals in the United States, end of July. Peformers throughout city, international food court.
  • Lowell Quilt Festival, [13] Annual celebration of quilts throughout city, with quilting classes, exhibitions, and demonstrations.
  • Lowell Winterfest, [14]. Annual family-friendly celebration of the wonders of winter, including the the National Human Dogsled Championships.  edit
  • UMass Lowell Bellgarde Boathouse, 500 Pawtucket BLVD. Home to UMass Lowell's rowing program.

Learn[edit]

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Av., Phone: +1 978-934-4000, [15].
  • Middlesex Community College, (Lowell Campus) 33 Kearney Square, [16].

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • UMass Lowell Downtown Bookstore, 151 Merrimack Street. +1 978-446-7819
  • Haus, 17 Shattuck Street, Phone: +1 978-458-4287, [17].

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street, Phone: +1 978-454-2739.
  • Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street, Phone: +1 978-458-7052, [18].
  • Viet-Thai Restaurant, 368 Merrimack St, Phone: +1 978-446-0977.
  • The Brewery Exchange, 201 Cabot St, Phone: +1 978-934-0097.
  • TreMonte Pizzeria, 44 Palmer St, Phone: +1 978-451-1110. [19].
  • Fuse Bistro, 45 Palmer St, Phone: +1 978-323-0424. [20].
  • Parkside Roast Beef & And More, 105 Mammoth rd, (978)735-4050. Best roast beef in town!!!  edit
  • Eggroll Cafe, 110 University Ave, +1 978 970-3411, [21]. M-Sa 09:00-22:00, Closed Sundays. Great 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!  edit
  • Cafe UTEC, 41 Warren St, +1 978 856-3974, [22]. M-Th 11am-3pm. Clean slate, clean plate.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars[edit]

  • The Dubliner, 197 Market St.
  • Blue Shamrock, 105 Market St.
  • The Brewery Exchange, 201 Cabot St.
  • The Courtyard Bar and Grill, 280 Central St.
  • Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central St.
  • Sangria's, 179 Central St., [23].

Cafes[edit]

  • Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 67 Market St, [24].
  • Cafe Aiello, 30 Gorham St, +1 978 458-0988, [25]. M-W 7am-7pm, Th 7am-8pm, F-Sa 7am-7pm, Su 7am-3pm. A boho-chic cafe helping to support Lowell's artistic community while providing delicious coffee, lattes and fresh made sandwiches $6.75.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Courtyard Boston Lowell/Chelmsford, 30 Industrial Avenue, East, Phone: +1 978 458-7575, Fax: +1 978 458-1302, [26].
  • UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA, Phone: +1 978-934-6918

Get out[edit]

Boston, the North Shore or the White Mountains are all good next stops.


Routes through Lowell
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