160 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell, MA 01854
Lowell boasts a remarkable network of nineteenth-century
canals created to provide power to the bustling textile mills that
operated along the water's edge. Today the buildings remain and
continue to evoke the sense of a great industrial city. Visitors
can participate in activities, including canal rides, and explore
exhibits about Lowell's role in America's industrial history presented
in conjunction with the Lowell
National Historical Park. A Victorian garden in the heart of
the downtown area, and over two miles of landscaped esplanade, summer
concerts, and swimming and boating in the Merrimack River are additional
attractions at this popular park.
Things to know before you go...
- The swim area is manged by the City of Lowell from July - August.
- The boat ramp (managed by DCR) is composed of 42 trailer lots, 2 HP trailer lots, 18 car top lots and 2 HP car top lots.
Rynne Bathhouse and Vandenberg Esplanade
This section of Lowell Heritage State Park is located conveniently off from Interstate 495 from either the north or south. See directions below.
From the North:
Take I-495 South toward Lowell
Take Exit 35 A-B-C for the Lowell Connector/Route 3 toward Nashua NH
Merge onto Route 3 North via Exit 35 B on the left toward Nashua NH
Take the Route 4 Exit, Exit 32, toward N. Chelmsford/Chelmsford
Keep right at the fork to go on Drum Hill Road
Drum Hill Road becomes Westford Street
Stay straight to go onto Wood Street
At the end of Wood Street you reach the Rourke Bridge. Take the bridge over the Merrimack River.
After crossing the river, turn right onto Pawtucket Blvd/Route 113 East
Follow for .9 miles and the parking lot is located on your right at 160 Pawtucket Blvd
From the South:
Take I-495 North toward Lowell
Take the Route 4 North Exit, Exit 33, towards N. Chelmsford
Turn Left onto Route 4 North/North Road
Turn Slight Right onto Drum Hill Road
Follow directions above.
Directions to the Rourke Brothers State Boat Ramp, Route 113 (Pawtucket Blvd.) Lowell, MA. 01854-4902
This state boat ramp is open seasonally to the public to provide boating access to the Merrimack River. All other uses are not allowed. The parking area accommodates boat trailers and car-top parking. There is no fee to use the use the ramp or to park.
The boat trailer parking area and the boat launch is located in Lowell, Massachusetts along Route 113 (Pawtucket Blvd). The entrance is directly across from Tyco Electronics, Inc. located at 1011 Pawtucket Blvd. and is one-half mile west of the Rourke Bridge.
Lowell National Historical Park's Visitor Center
From north or south:
Take the Lowell Connector
from either Rte. I-495 (Exit 35C) or Route 3 (Exit 30A if traveling
southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound) to Thorndike Street
Follow brown and white "Lowell National and State
Free parking is available in the Visitor Parking
Lot next to Market Mills.