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River Tours - Call the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council for Updates and Information at 401-724-2200  




      Experience the Blackstone River

Pawtucket, RI- The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC) is pleased to announce that they will resume river tour operations for the 2008 season aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer; a 49-passenger riverboat. and the Samuel Slater, an authentic British canal boat; at Central Falls Landing located at the corner of Broad Street and Madeira Avenue.   River Engineer, Ramon Rodrigues, with the assistance from LJ Crane & Rigging Company, will return the boats to the Blackstone River in Central Falls on Tuesday, April 29 starting at 8:00am.

Samuel SlaterAmerica's only authentic British canal boat, the Samuel Slater canal boat offers a serene bed & breakfast overnight opportunity with sleeping accommodations for up to four guests.  Celebrate your special occasion aboard the Samuel Slater, birthdays, anniversaries, supper cruises, wine & cheese cruises available by reservation.
The Blackstone Valley Explorer will be available for public tours every Sunday June thru August in at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 adults, $8.00 children & seniors. Reservation are recommended.  Once again Citizens Bank Foundation will underwrite "Free Sundays on the River" the first Sunday of each month from June through September and on Sunday, October 12.
Special programs will be offered during the summer including, twilight cruises, family programs, and our popular noontime "Bring Your Own Lunch" cruises as available. For a listing of special events visit  The Explorer can also be scheduled for educational programs, corporate charters, or group tours by reservation only starting in May. 

A cruise along the Blackstone River whether aboard the Explorer or the Samuel Slater Canal Boat is an experience you don't want to miss.  Once out on the river, you leave behind the urban world of industry for a serene oasis of natural beauty. 


In late August the Blackstone Valley Explorer moves to Market Square in Woonsocket and sails from the Thundermist Dam up to MA/RI border in Blackstone, MA, which provides an opportunity to discover the river's
Eco-Industrial past while observing the changing seasons.  The Fall Foliage is splendid along this stretch of the river.
For more information about our river tours or other program offerings, please visit our website at or contact us at 401-724-2200 or 1-800-454-2882.


The Explorer

49 Passenger river boat exploring the Blackstone Riverin 45 minute narrated tours. Call 401-724-2200 for info or email here. Land trips also available by the Blackstone Valley Trolley.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Cruise along an American Heritage River aboard this 49-passenger riverboat. 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. 

Be sure to print out the 2 for 1 coupon from the Blackstone Valley website!

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

"River Boat Trips presented by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Board one of the river's unique river boats on a guided tour. These trips are very affordable. Choose from "The Ferry Boat Renaissance" Leave from Pawtucket or Providence, RI and enjoy a 45 minute cruise aboard this European style vessel which holds 29 passengers. Tickets:  $2/adult, $1/child 5-11, Free under 5. "The River Boat Explorer" holds 9 passengers and includes a narrated tour departing on the hour from Central Falls, Pawtucket and Market Square, Woonsocket. 

 Kayaks and Canoes - Maps are available for river trips from Worcester to Providence as well as rentals. For more information, call 401-724-2200."






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