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Tourism Council Events

Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours Website

Blackstone River Explorer Riverboat Public Tours Website

Blackstone Valley Running Festival 5K and Half Marathon - April 26. Online Registration

THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride - 2015 tickets now on sale. Website

Latest News/Info

Myrna George: Diverse voices help draw tourists to Rhode Island More

National Park Info:

Barry Bayon Commentary in Providence Journal:  More

National Park Service Blackstone Valley National Park info: More

Bob Billington and other locals attend the State of the Union Address:  WJAR TV - Channel 10 | Providence Journal

Cicilline Invites President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council as State of the Union Guest  More

Obama signs national park bill into law More | Main Story | Editorial | Press Release | Senator Jack Reed's Website

Tourism Council Info


When our journey began in the mid 1980's, we had a few visitor attractions, a region with a rich industrial heritage, and we were the proud owners of what was then, the world's "most polluted river," whose only message for visitors might have been "approach at your own peril."  Thanks to the efforts of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, and our government, business and nonprofit partners, things began to change.

Today, the Blackstone Valley is considered one of Rhode Island's most exciting visitor destinations, and a region where even our poorest communities have become more attractive places to live and work.  Home to some of Rhode Island's most visited attractions, the Blackstone Valley is THE place to relive our great industrial heritage, a major arts destination and outdoor recreational hotspot, and the location of some of our state's finest, most unique dining establishments.

Our turnaround can be attributed, in part, to:

  • Major cleanup of the Blackstone River and other environmental cleanup efforts that have made public boat tours, kayaking, fishing, and river educational classes on the River not only possible but popular activities;

  • The Tourism Council's development and operation of several attractions and activities including the Riverboat Explorer and Polar Express Train Ride;

  • Historic preservation efforts that helped our region's many museums and historic sites;

  • Riverfront, community, business and other development efforts that have been important for not only attracting visitors but building a stronger economy for our region and better places to live and work.

  • Focus on sustainability that builds on the regionís environment and natural resources, culture and heritage, health and safety needs, and other positive components.

  • Strong networking efforts between local, state, and federal government and nonprofit agencies and businesses.

How are we doing? Don't take our word for it...

International awards & recognition include...

  • Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award
  • UN World Tourism Council Ulysses Award
  • Society of American Travel Writers Phoenix Award 1995
  • North American Travel Personality of the Year
  • UN SBEST Certification of Excellence 
  • North American Travel Personality of the Year - World Travel Awards
  • Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement - RI Council for the Humanities


What to See and Do in the Blackstone Valley

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Events
and Attractions

Other Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Projects provides information about all the fun and interesting things to see and do in Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley provides a searchable calendar of events

Detours provides maps of attractions centered around area or type of attraction

View all Council events with online ticketing below (Use Whistletix for Polar Express)



About the Council

Who Are We?


Council Business

Annual Dinner


Links & Reports

About the Valley

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
175 Main Street 
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860 USA  
Tel: 401-724-2200