The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity and a flair for festivals.
Discover restaurants representing more than a dozen different cultures. Spend a day exploring art galleries or take in a show. Stroll along the Merrimack River, which winds through the city center, and enjoy a picnic on the esplanade. Hike, bike or cross-country ski more than 1,000 acres of state forest nearby.
Lowell's location at the intersections of Routes 495, 93, and 3 extends your education beyond the classroom, with easy access to hands-on learning opportunities such as co-ops and internships. And with Route 128 nearby and Boston only a 40-minute commuter rail ride away, once you graduate you're right where the jobs are.
Check out our Lowell Lover's To-do List for suggestions on exploring all the city has to offer.
Lowell Ranked #2 Best City in Massachusetts, #12 in all New England
Go Local, a digital media business delivering local news and information, has ranked Lowell the #2 Best City in Massachusetts. Lowell “placed in New England’s Top 10 in both Walkability and Well-Being. Among its Bay State peers, this city of 106,519 had the lowest property crime rate in the group (#8 overall), and the 2nd [lowest] violent crime rate. Lowell also scored points for its WiFi per capita (#3 overall)."