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    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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  • Folk Festival Parking and Schedule Changes

    While the park helps the city prepare for and celebrate the Lowell Folk Festival, the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton St. will be closed Wed July 23-Mon July 28. Also check our Operating Hours page for changes to tour and exhibit schedules. More »

Directions

For Lowell Folk Festival
(Wednesday, July 23- Monday, July 28):
Visitors to Lowell National Historical Park on Wednesday, July 23-Friday, July 25:

The Visitor Center Parking Lot at 304 Dutton Street will be closed for construction of the Dance Stage Tent. Paid parking is available for visitors at the Leo Roy Garage at 100 Market Street. Rates average $1-2 per hour.

Directions:
From Interstate Route 495 take Exit 35C on to the Lowell Connector
From Route 3 take Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound.

• Take the Lowell Connector to Exit 5B Thorndike Street.
• Continue right on to Thorndike Street, which becomes Dutton Street.
• At the third traffic light continue straight under the overpass.
• At the second light turn right onto Market Street (Haffner's gas station will be on your right before the turn).
• Continue to the next traffic light and turn right into the Leo Roy Parking Garage.
• After parking, exit the garage and walk along Market Street in the direction of the park with the sculpture of three mill girls. Pass the park and continue along the sidewalk about 50 yards to the Visitor Center entrance on your left.

All Visitors, Friday evening, July 25- Sunday, July 27:

The Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton Street will be closed during the Folk Festival (the lot is in use as one of the concert venues). All parking will be at the city parking garages. Lowell city parking garages charge a flat fee of $15 per day during the Folk Festival.

Directions:
From Route 495 (Exit 35C) or Route 3 (Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound) to the Lowell Connector to Gorham Street (Exit 5C). Follow the signs to parking at one of the city garages. City garages are at the following locations:

Lower Locks Garage 90 Warren Street
Downes Garage 75 John Street
Leo Roy Garage 100 Market Street
Early Garage 135 Middlesex Street
Ayotte Garage 11 Post Office Square (near the Tsongas Arena)

Visitors to Lowell National Historical Park on Monday, July 28:

The Visitor Center Parking Lot at 304 Dutton Street will be closed for disassembly of the Dance Stage Tent. Paid parking is available for visitors at the Leo Roy Garage at 100 Market Street. Rates average $1-2 per hour.


For Visitors to the Park at all times other than
Lowell Folk Festival (July 23-28, 2014)
Directions:
Start your visit at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center on 246 Market Street where general information is offered. To get to our free parking lot, enter 304 Dutton Street, Lowell MA, 01852 as the destination.

Information about additional park sites can be found here.

Please note: Vehicle parking at most National Park locations is available only at city garages for a fee or on street metered parking. You are welcome to park at the Visitor Center parking lot for any park activities and either take the trolley (in season) or walk to these National Park sites.

Getting to the Visitor Center
From Interstate Route 495 take Exit 35C on to the Lowell Connector
From Route 3 take Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound.

• Take the Lowell Connector to Exit 5B Thorndike Street.
• Continue right on to Thorndike Street, which becomes Dutton Street.
• At the third traffic light continue straight under the overpass.
• At the next light turn right into the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Free parking is available here during Park operating hours in the gated section of the lot with ticket validation at the Visitor Center.
• From the lot, follow the set of steps located behind the flag pole and continue walking through the courtyard. The Visitor Center will be on your left.

Public Transportation

Commuter rail service is available from Boston's North Station to Lowell's Gallagher Terminal. View the MBTA schedule for the Lowell Line. Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) shuttles buses run between Gallagher Terminal and downtown Lowell Monday through Saturday. Please view the schedule for the LRTA “Downtown Shuttle.”

Did You Know?

Francis Gate/Guard Locks, Lowell, MA

There are 5.6 miles of canals at Lowell National Historical Park. The canals channeled the Merrimack River's 32 foot drop to Lowell's mills providing power for the mill machinery.