To select a museum, click “Details/Reserve”, then select which Pass to reserve.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum
115 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Part of the Lowell National Historic Park, the museum features a 1920s weave room with operating power looms. In addition, there are interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution; labor; and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. The complex in which the Museum is located is one of the most intact set of 19th century mill buildings in the city. There is a museum store on the premises.
Pass admits 6 visitors in the same family. Children 5 and under are free.
Boston Children’s Museum
Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.
Half price admission for 4 visitors. Children under 1 are admitted free.
Boston Harbor Island Ferry
The largest recreational open space in Eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is comprised of 34 islands and mainland parks that deliver access to historic sites and provide opportunities to hike and camp. Transportation to the islands is by ferry and, depending on the location, your own boat. Please refer to their website for the most up-to-date information about what is open and how to get there.
Discount passes to the Boston Harbor Islands are now available with a valid Lowell library card. Each pass is good for up to 4 tickets, weekdays only.
Visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org to learn about the islands, view park maps and activity calendars, and access the ferry schedule.
ALL FERRY TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE.
(Allows for 2-for-1 ferry fees on weekdays for up to 4 people to either SPECTACLE OR GEORGES ISLANDS.)
You do not need to reserve on the library website, simply follow instructions below:
1. Visit http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands/
2. Click "Buy Tickets"
3. Select either Spectacle Island Ferry or Georges Island Ferry from the list.
4. Scroll up the page to choose up to 4 tickets then click “Choose Time”
5. Select date and time of ferry
6. Enter ZBPL20HI73 in the Promo Code field and click "Apply Code"
6. Click “Continue” and then complete the next few screens.
7. Print tickets at home or pick up at Will Call window at least 30 minutes before your ferry.
Additional restrictions may apply. For further details go to
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.
$5 general admission for up to 4 visitors. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free.
Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)
The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.
Free parking at over 50 Mass State Park facilites.
USS Constitution Museum
The museum, a part of the Boston National Historical Park, is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard near the ship USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) at the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. The museum provides a detailed look at the history of the ship, information about the war of 1812, and the battle between the ship and HMS Java. Stories are told through interactive exhibits, unique artifacts, archival records, and artwork. The museum also includes a research library which houses a strong collection of manuscripts, books, artifacts, and microfilm of primary source material. The ship itself is maintained by the US Navy, and may be visited free of charge on certain days. (Check website for schedule.)
Free admission to the museum for up to 9 guests.
Zoo New England
Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Admits 6 people at $9 per adult and $6 per child