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Summer Evening and Bring Your Own Lunch Cruises in July & August


River Classroom, A Unique Experience //  West Hill Dam   // Cub Scout Race Day

Riverboat Tours
Since 1993, the Blackstone Valley Explorer has been a popular way to see a new perspective of the region, right on the Blackstone American Heritage River!  The only riverboat operating seasonal historic, educational, scenic and interpretive river tours on the Blackstone,  the 49 passenger vessel tells the story of what was once called Americaís Hardest Working River and gives passengers the opportunity to discover the riverís ecosystem, learn about the riverís industrialized past and its present restoration.

In addition to its regular public tours on Sundays @ 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm., in July and August, The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is offering Summer Twilight Cruises aboard the Explorer on certain dates, so contact


            The 45-minute afternoon Bring your own lunch cruise explores the wetland bird habitat of the Valley Falls Marsh and the surrounding historic landscape. Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults, and $8.00 for children and seniors on the 45-minute cruise.  If you prefer, on the leisurely 75-minute Summer Twilight Cruise you may see muskrat, deer, fox, swallows or bats.  Prices for the twilight cruises are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for children or seniors.  Reservations are required for these special tours and a minimum of 10 people are needed in order to operate the cruise.


Valley Falls Marsh, RIís largest freshwater marsh, and Lonsdale Marsh, a RI habitat restoration project, is a haven for swallows, blue heron, and other waterfowl, both resident and migratory.  Binoculars are available, or you may bring your own.  Insect repellent is recommended.

             Late Summer - Autumn Tours in Woonsocket

This yearís tours wrap up on the third Sunday of October with hourly tours from 1-4 pm.
Board the Blackstone Valley Explorer for a cruise on the Blackstone River, from Woonsocket Falls northerly to the Rhode Island border in Woonsocket, RI
On this tour, discover local industrial and cultural heritage and how French-Canadian immigrants from Quebec Province helped shape the cityís foundations that developed as a cluster of mill villages around the Blackstone River.
Boat tours depart and return to River Street in Market Square near the Museum of Work and Culture. Tickets $10/adults, $8/children, seniors.



            The Blackstone Valley Explorer is also available for summer camp programs, corporate charters and groups of 20 or more.  For more information about our river tours or fall programs, please visit our website at or contact us at 401-724-2200


Self-Guided Kayaking/Canoeing or Guided Tours - 4 Itineraries in PDF available

There are dozens of access points on the Blackstone River from Worcester to Pawtucket. However, the experiences differ dramatically. So do the experience levels of skill as the River contains very smooth paddling and also, very rough whitewater paddling, too! It is best to let our river experts craft an itinerary for you based upon your interest - whether that includes scenic, historical, industrial, portage concerns.

If you're a novice that needs a kayak, canoe, paddling lessons and/or a guide to enrich your experience, tell us what/when you want to enjoy and we'll set you up with an experienced pro.

River Cruises -

Blackstone River - Cruise along an American Heritage River aboard the 49-passenger riverboat Explorer. Tours leave from Central Falls landing from June 8 to August 24 and leave from Woonsocket landing from August 31 to November 2, 2003. One-hour public tours are offered on Sundays at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Available for charter use and for scheduled narrated and custom tours as well as various educational tours. 

Samuel Slater Canal Boat A true English experience, the authentic British canal boat Samuel Slater accommodates 12 for daytime cruises and 4 for the Bed &Breakfast. Amenities include One double berth, two single berths, dining area, TV, VCR, refrigerator, and microwave. Reservations required. 

Providence Harbor Cruises - Hope or Renaissance Ferries - 45 Minute Historic Providence Harbor Cruise Tours departing at 1:30. Great low prices. Free under 5. Holds 49 passengers

Fly Fishing / Fishing

Fly fishing is great along the Blackstone and several other rivers in and around the Valley. Fishing in cold water streams in very rural areas close by is another fun day or half day experience with or without the experts. Itinerary for self-guided and guided tours available.







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