Flights to Lowell
The historical city of Lowell is situated within the state of Massachusetts. It’s the fourth largest city in the state and was the first planned industrial city in the USA. As you would expect, Lowell has a variety of historical attractions for visitors to this city.
The best airport for flights to Lowell is Boston’s Logan International Airport (airport code: BOS). This airport is about 40 minutes away from Lowell by car, or there is a commuter rail line that connects Boston to Lowell. KLM and Northwest Airlines both have flights to Lowell with a single transfer in Amsterdam, and British Airways also stops once but in London. South African Airways has a 2-stop route, with connections in London as well as Paris.
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The Tourist Attractions in Lowell:
The Lowell area was first settled in the 1650’s but it wasn’t incorporated until 1826 when it was founded as the country’s first planned industrial city with the purpose of manufacturing textiles. The Lowell National Historical Park is one of the city’s top attractions, featuring fine examples of the city’s historic buildings.
Lowell National Historic Park
Start your visit to this attraction in the visitor’s centre where you can find out more about the area and industry that took place here. You can pick up a free self guided tour booklet to help you get the most out of your visit. There are both restored and unrestored buildings within the park including Boott Mill which is the most restored building here, and one of the oldest. Inside Boott Mill is a walk-through museum. Other buildings include worker’s houses, the powerhouse, and a boardinghouse.
Once you’ve seen the park’s buildings and museums you can enjoy a canal boat tour, giving you a chance to see some of these buildings from the water and also some of the canal’s locks.
Lowell’s Other Museums
If you’re still keen to visit a museum or two after seeing Lowell National Historic Park then you’ll be pleased to know that the city is home to several other museums as well. There’s the New England Quilt Museum where you can see an assortment of beautifully made quilts from antique quilts right up to modern day contemporary ones. The Whistler House Museum of Art is another. This museum is set within the house in which painter James McNeill Whistler was born so visitors get to see this period house and works from the artist. Finally there is the National Streetcar Museum which depicts the history of transit in Lowell.
Festivals in Lowell
Throughout the year Lowell plays host to several festivals. At the end of July is one of the largest free folk festivals in the US and performances take place around the city. The annual Lowell Quilt Festival is another, and here visitors are given the opportunity to attend quilt classes and see demonstrations of quilt-making. In the winter the Lowell Winterfest is a popular family-friendly event.
When Should You Visit?:
Lowell has a mild climate with warm summers and cool winters. July is the hottest month of the year when you can expect average high temperatures of around 28C, and January is the coolest month when average highs are around 2C. Rainfall is fairly consistent across the year, with slightly less usually experienced during the summer, and falling as snow in the winter months.