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Jack Kerouac's birthplace in Lowell

In Lowell, Massachusetts you can experience what Alexander Hamilton envisioned as the Industrial City of the Future. One of the largest cities in the state, Lowell is home to top-notch restaurants, pristine parks, intriguing museums and a range of other attractions. It's also known for being the birthplace of the Beat Generation author and icon Jack Kerouac, famous for his era-defining novel On the Road. When you stay in your Lowell vacation rental, you'll be able to take your time and immerse yourself in the industrial history and unique energy of this vibrant city.

Things to do

Cultural riches in Lowell

Be sure to visit the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, which tells the "human story of Lowell" through a range of exhibits and programs. Then, you can head to the intriguing Boott Mills Museum. This industrial, historic site used to be an old mill that supplied many jobs for the town of Lowell. It now houses historical exhibits on industry and manufacturing and hosts guided tours. Another great attraction for history lovers and families is the National Streetcar Museum. Kids love the interactive exhibits, including the chance to dress up in a vest and hat, ring the bell and blow the whistle of the trolley.

Activities

Rustic adventures in Lowell

Lowell is known for its culture and urban amenities, but it also offers its fair share of outdoor activities. If you're staying in a Lowell vacation rental during the warmer months, you can take a scenic canal boat ride through the historic waterways of the city. Or, if you are looking for a more thrilling boat ride, you can enjoy the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting on the Concord River. On a sunny day, you can also enjoy taking a walk around the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Situated in nearby Lincoln, it's a 30-acre green space filled with unique and thought-provoking contemporary sculptures by American artists.

Weather

Distinctive seasons in Lowell

Lowell certainly experiences all 4 seasons throughout the year, with a chilly winter, a spring alive with flower blossoms, a sunny summer and a crisp fall with spectacular leaf displays. The ideal time of the year to stay in one of the Lowell vacation rentals is arguably from late May to October, which is when the weather will be most pleasant. Consider planning your visit from mid to late October, as this is a wonderful time to take in the coppery fall leaves. If you're visiting in April and early May, plan for a few indoor activities as rain may be likely.

Natural features

Natural beauty in Lowell

Lowell is blessed with plenty of natural beauty. If you crave the opportunity to lace up your hiking boots or hop on your bike, check out the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest. This is a pristine wilderness with 1,140 acres and plenty of trails to explore. You can take a short walk for a couple hours, or tackle one of the longer trails for a full day excursion. Also, head to the UMass Lowell Kayak Center, where you can rent kayaks throughout the summer and explore the surrounding waterways. This is a unique and fun way to immerse yourself in the pristine natural rivers and streams of the area.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Lowell

Fly into Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), the closest airport, located 10.8 mi (17.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Bedford, MA (BED-Laurence G. Hanscom Field), which is 12.6 mi (20.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, you can make your way to Lowell Station.

Where to stay around Lowell?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 44 vacation rentals near Lowell. From 12 Condos/Apartments to 20 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lowell for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lowell?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lowell:

  • North End: 373 vacation rentals
  • Back Bay: 638 vacation rentals
  • Beacon Hill: 470 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 644 vacation rentals
  • South End: 707 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lowell?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lowell. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tsongas Arena: 110 vacation rentals
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell: 94 vacation rentals
  • Lowell National Historical Park: 111 vacation rentals
  • Merrimack Repertory Theater: 119 vacation rentals
  • John F Kennedy Civic Center: 110 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lowell listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Lowell?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 12 Condos/Apartments in Lowell. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lowell include:

  • Houses: 20 rentals available
  • Cabins: 7 rentals available
  • Cottages: 7 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lowell?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 12 vacation rentals with pool available in Lowell. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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