Yesterday’s New York Times carried a story about the soaring popularity to bus-borne guided tours conducted by the Hollywood gossip website, TMZ. Unlike the classic Hollywood tour that gave visitors a peek at Clark Gable’s swimming pool, the TMZ Tour shows you where Halle Berry totaled her car when she was arrested for DUI. This tour costs $49 per person and thousands partake in them, signalling, perhaps, a new and higher interest in on-the-ground visits to interesting places.
What about Lowell? Should we have more tours for visitors and residents to experience? I’m not talking salacious ones like TMZ’s; but there are a lot of interesting things happening or that have happened here in the city. The tours we give of Lowell Cemetery (see note below for schedule), have been very popular drawing up to 70 people at a time. Other walks through downtown built around the Civil War or public art have also been successful one-time events. True, the National Park offers a range of great tours, but maybe there’s more we can do. It’s probably something that, with a little collaboration and some infrastructure support, would add another interesting layer of things to do in an already interesting city.
NOTE: Lowell Cemetery tours this fall will take place on the following dates:
Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1 pm
Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10 am
Friday, September 28, 2012 at 1 pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10 am
These tours all begin at the Knapp Avenue entrance to the cemetery, last about 90 minutes, involve a good deal of walking, are free, and are conducted rain or shine.