Guide to Lowell
You may know of the city of Lowell as the birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution. There's a whole lot more for you to discover. With a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity and a flair for festivals, the city of Lowell offers food and entertainment for every occasion.
Discover students' favorite options by browsing the list of Lowell destinations below.
- Brazilian: Oasis Grill and Restaurant
- Cambodian: Khemara Restaurant, Phom Penh Restaurant, Red Rose Restaurant, Simply Khmer Food, Senmonorom Restaurant, Tepthida Khmer,
- Chinese: China Star, Eggroll Café, Mandarin Lowell
- Greek: Athenian Corner, Olympia
- Indian: Udupi Bhavan
- Italian: Ricardo's Café Trattoria
- Laotian: Phien's Kitchen
- Mexican: Mambo Grill, Mr. Jalapeno
- Portuguese: Cavaleiro's Restaurant, Friends Restaurant & Pub, Four Seasons
- Southeast Asian: Blue Taleh, Southeast Asian Restaurant
- Sushi: Etsogo
- Vietnamese: Pho 88, Pho Dalat, Souper Bowl, Viet-Thai, Yummy Express
- Breakfast: Arthur's Paradise Diner,Club Diner, Delicia's Bakery,Owl Diner, Patty's Kitchen & Variety, Vic's Pastry Shop
- Coffee: Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, The Coffee Mill Emporium, Eggroll Café
- Dinner with Friends: Blue Taleh, Eggroll Café, Lowell Beer Works, Mambo Grill
- Dinner with Family: Centro Restaurant and Bar, Cobblestones, Etsogo, La Boniche, Ricardo's Café Trattoria
- After Dinner Drinks: Brewery Exchange, Majors Pub, The Old Court, The Worthen House
- Sandwiches: Cote's Market, Suppa's Pizza & Subs
- Pizza: Espresso Pizza, Fio's Express, Mama Lia's Pizzeria, Sal's Just Pizza, Suppa's Pizza & Subs, WINGS
- Vegetarian: Life Alive, Eggroll Café
- Ice Cream: Heritage Farm, Orchard Hill Ice Cream
The Great Outdoors
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- Music Venues: VPAC at Fox Hall, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Durgin Concert Hall, Durgin Recital Hall, Tsongas Center
- Open Mic Nights: Eggroll Café, Brew'd Awakening
- Festivals: Urban Village Arts Series, Winterfest
- Museums: Revolving Museum, Whistler House Museum of Art, Boott Cotton Mills, American Textile History Museum
- Playhouse/Theaters: Merrimack Repertory Theater, UML Off-Broadway Players
- Galleries: Western Avenue Studios, 119 Gallery, Ayer Lofts Gallery, Brush Gallery and Studios
Fun Facts About Lowell
- Jack Kerouac lived in three neighborhoods in Lowell: Centralville, Pawtucketville and the Highlands. Despite being French-Canadian, he never lived in Little Canada.
- By 1850, less than 50 years after their establishment, the mills in Lowell were annually producing enough cloth to circle the earth twice!
- Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876, but in 1880, the first city to use telephone numbers was Lowell.
- The 5.6 miles of hand-dug canals in Lowell channeled the Merrimack River's 32-foot drop to Lowell's mills, providing power for the mill machinery in the 19th century.
- The Lowell Cemetery on 77 Knapp Avenue is the fourth oldest garden cemetery in the U.S.; it dates back to the 1840's.
- The soft drink, Moxie was invented as a medicine in Lowell in 1876 and claimed to cure paralysis.
- The first CVS was established in downtown Lowell in 1963, it began as a "Customer Value Store" on Merrimack Street.
- Lowell's downtown is part of the Lowell National Historical Park, established in 1979 as the first urban National Park in the country.
- Death Cab for Cutie's song, "Lowell, MA," features lines about the city - it was featured on their album "We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes," released in 2000.
- Lowell is home to the first ever National Human Dog Sled Race, which takes place every February during Winterfest.