With more than 100,000 people calling it home, Lowell, Massachusetts is the cradle of the United States' Industrial Revolution. On top of the natural sites and the attractions, there are a lot of historic sites here that you can visit. So explore the city on a bus rental in Lowell today.
Named after Francis Cabot Lowell, the city has been the first industrial city in the United States. Over the years, the city has grown to change as the times change and a lot of the historic buildings here have been restored in recent years. And now the city is known as a prime destination for history lovers. So gather all your friends on a 24-passenger bus rental in Lowell, MA.
Art museums and galleries. The Whistler House Museum of Art is an art museum that is housed in James McNeill Whistler's birthplace. If you want to support emerging local artists, then you simply must go to Arts League of Lowell, an association of local artists or the Western Avenue Studios where more than 160 musicians and artists work. Other notable art museums and galleries you can go to:
Live performances, music, and dance. When in Lowell, be sure to drop by the Boarding House Park and check out the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Or you can simply catch performances at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and other performance venues by the Merrimack Repertory Theater, Angkor Dance Troupe, Play by Player's Theatre Company, Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Gentlemen Songsters.
Festivals and events. Here is a tip, come to Lowell in May and enjoy touring historic buildings in the city and admire their architecture during the Doors Open Lowell Festival. There is also an African Festival, the Lowell Folk Festival, and the Lowell Southeast Asian Festival for some cultural flavor. Lowell also holds Winterfest every February, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Bay State Marathon every October, and the Lowell Film Festival in April.
Lowell has a lot of choices when it comes to food. It is possible to find a restaurant that would satisfy your craving, no matter what it is. Check out the best ones, such as:
Shopping. The city has everything, from outlet stores such as Thorndike Factory Outlet to local stores such as Angels Above Thrift Shop, Found, and Western Avenue Studios.
From hockey to softball, to track and field, Lowell has a team playing for it. There is the University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks, the Lowell Spinners, the Lowell All-Americans, the New England Riptide, the Lowell Nor'easter and the Greater Lowell United FC. Is it any wonder that there a lot of venues here where you could witness some great sports actions? Check out:
Moreover, the city has two golf courses worth checking out: Mt Pleasant Golf Club and Long Meadow Golf Club.
Go to the Lowell National Historical Park (Lowell, MA 01852), which regales visitors with its exhibits that tell the story of Lowell as a major manufacturing city in the old days.
Lowell High School is the first co-educational and desegregated high school in the country, while you could also visit the birthplaces of Jack Kerouac, Bette Davis, Rosalind Elias.
You could also go to the Lowell Cemetery, which is where the rich industrialists, movie stars, politicians and other celebrities and personalities are all buried.
Other historic places you could visit here are:
History museums. The New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA 01852) has some fascinating exhibits on quilts and other areas related to the craft, while the National Streetcar Museum tells about street railways and how they contribute to the development of the city. Then there is the American Textile History Museum (Lowell, MA 01854), where you could get to know everything about clothes and textile, including the people, businesses and companies that made significant contributions to the industry, while the Boott Cotton Mills Museum shines a light on the city's industrial past. Other places to check out include Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center and Center for Lowell History at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
A local favorite, Vandenberg Esplanade (Lowell, MA 01852), is located along the Merrimack River. Aside from visiting the Sampas Pavilion, you could also have a picnic here or walk, bike and swim if you want!