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Visit Chelmsford’s museums, parks and event centers

As one of the first U.S. states, Massachusetts is full of historic things to do, such as touring the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and picnicking at Lowell National Historical Park, both within five miles of Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford-Lowell. In the mood for some athletic action? See a Lowell Spinners baseball game at LeLacheur Park, or get your tickets to a River Hawks hockey or basketball game at Tsongas Center. You can also take a day trip to Boston by hopping on the train at the Lowell commuter rail station about four miles from the hotel. 

Museums:

  • Boott Cotton Mills Museum (4 miles)
    Visit this mill that operated for more than 125 years during the 19th and 20th centuries and learn about the influence it had on the American Industrial Revolution via interactive programs and exhibits.
    Phone: +1 (978) 970-5000
  • New England Quilt Museum (4 miles)
    The only museum of its kind in the Northeast, this exhibition hall features a variety of quilts fashioned with beautiful colors, intricate designs and unique patterns.
    Phone: +1 (978) 452-4207

Parks and recreation:

  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (adjacent)
    Perfect for jogging, biking and walking, this 6.8-mile trail system is located just steps from the hotel.
  • Lowell National Historical Park (4 miles)
    This park offers a peek into what life was like for a textile mill worker during the American Industrial Revolution. Take a walk on the Canalways and ride the trolleys during your visit.
    Phone: +1 (978) 970-5000
  • Lowell Spinners at Edward A. LeLacheur Park (4 miles)
    An affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox, the Lowell Spinners have played in the New York-Penn League since 1996.
    Phone: +1 (978) 459-1702
  • Nashoba Valley Ski Area (8 miles)
    Nashoba Valley offers the perfect terrain for skiers, tubers and snowboarders to have a thrilling day of downhill fun. Check out the 17 trails and an on-site restaurant.
    Phone: +1 (978) 692-3033
  • Minute Man National Historical Park (12 miles)
    See the battlefield where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired and the American Revolution began. Enjoy a ranger-guided tour or participate in a program for a more in-depth experience.
    Phone: +1 (978) 369-6993

Performance venues:

  • Lowell Memorial Auditorium (4 miles)
    Built in 1922, this 2,800-seat venue is a popular place for concerts, conventions and other special events in downtown Lowell. See a WWE match, attend a conference or sing along with performers like Jeremy Camp.
    Phone: +1 (978) 937-8688 or (866) 722-8881
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre (4 miles)
    See contemporary plays at this professional, 279-seat theater in Merrimack Valley. Catch a performance during this company’s seven-show season of new plays that run from September through May.
    Phone: +1 (978) 654-4678
  • Tsongas Center (4 miles)
    Home of the UMass River Hawks hockey team, this event center also draws large crowds for concerts, basketball games, wrestling competitions, private events and more.
    Phone: +1 (978) 934-5760

Shopping:

  • Pheasant Lane Mall (12 miles)
    Head to this two-level mall for tax-free shopping at more than 125 stores in Nashua, New Hampshire. Stores include favorites like Pandora, Apple and Sephora.
    Phone: +1 (603) 888-2331
  • Merrimack Premium Outlets (24 miles) 
    Featuring nearly 100 stores for your shopping pleasure, this outdoor mall is located about 24 miles from Boston. Visit your favorite brand-name stores, including Coach, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger.
    Phone: +1 (603) 424-0050

Other points of interest:

  • UMass Lowell (3 miles)
    Recognized for the amount of intellectual property it produces, this state university demonstrates the importance of creative thinking within research. You can also visit the campus for special events like festivals, lectures and concerts.
    Phone: +1 (978) 934-4000
  • Downtown Lowell (5 miles)
    Annual events like Winterfest and the Lowell Folk Festival give downtown Lowell its small-town allure. Enjoy live music, indie crafts and delicious food while you’re out.
  • Nashoba Valley Winery (20 miles)
    From this 52-acre hilltop winery, you can see the delightful town of Bolton. Pass the time tasting local wines from the orchard, fine beers from the brewery and exceptional food from the family-owned restaurant.
    Phone: +1 (978) 779-5521