While the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council promotes the entire Blackstone Valley to visitors and residents, it has also created and operates a number of tours and events. Be sure to take advantage of all our events that are designed to be fun and educational for the entire family.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat
Public Tours

Public tours are offered Sundays from April through October on the state's only riverboat. Learn about the region's history and the Blackstone River, view an abundance of wildlife (fish, swans, birds, deer, turtles) or fall foliage, or just enjoy a relaxing cruise on one of our country's most famous and scenic rivers.  The Explorer also hosts special events and educational programs and is available for charters.  Tour locations vary between Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket.  2017 Dates: TBD

  Rivertour Blackstone Website  

Polar ExpressTM Train Ride

Step into the enchanted world of THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride as the conductor shouts, "All Aboard!" A family favorite becomes reality during this three hour event that includes a 90-minute train excursion, inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's Christmas classic. Join us for an experience unlike any other!   Meet and take photos with Santa and characters from the book, receive hot chocolate, cookies, a mug, coloring book and other treats. Tours run November 18 through December 23 each weekend.  The train departs from the Woonsocket Train Depot. 2017 tickets on sale now!

Polar Express Website

Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours

Go behind the scenes at some of Rhode Island's most unique and interesting restaurants to bring you a delicious dining experience! Join us as we explore and savor the rich ethnic restaurants of the Blackstone Valley and beyond! Each tour will give you the opportunity to learn the chef's culinary secrets with a demonstration and meal of their specialty dish. Leave your passport at home and let your palate travel the world of food throughout the Blackstone Valley! All tours are 6 - 8 pm unless otherwise indicated. If your dining establishment would like to participate in our program, please email us for info. 2017 Dates: TBD

Blackstone Culinaria Website

Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley

The Fall Train Excursion departs Woonsocket at 9 am for a scenic train trip through the Blackstone River Valley and arrives in Putnam at 11 am. You will have 3 1/2 hours to relax and enjoy the many antique and gift shops, Putnamís Annual Pumpkin Festival, a farmersí market and local restaurants.  The Train leaves Putnam at 2:30 pm for a 4:30 arrival back in Woonsocket.   2017 Date: TBD

Train Excursion on Tourblackstone.com


Leisurely Bike Tours

Biking in the Blackstone River Valley is more than recreation. Join us May - October and learn about Rhode Island's historic Blackstone River Valley. Participants enjoy a fun and relaxing way to experience culture, nature, history and recreation on the Blackstone Valley Leisurely Bicycle Tours.  Tours last 4 hours, are ridden at a very leisurely pace, stop often and are appropriate for all fitness levels. We pedal through the Blackstone Valley enjoying the little known facts and stories while riding through charming back streets and the Blackstone River Valley Bikeway. Space is limited to keep groups small, and reservations are required in advance. Tours leave from Pawtucket, Lincoln and Burrillville.  2017 Dates: TBD

  Cycle Blackstone


Samuel Slater Canal Boat and Bed & Breakfast

A British overnight and cruising experience on the Blackstone River aboard this unique Bed & Breakfast. Built in Cambridgeshire, England by C. T. & P. Fox expressly for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Samuel Slater is an authentic British canal boat, 40 feet long. The Samuel Slater is located on the Blackstone River. During this scenic 2 1/2 mile cruise, you'll observe watchable wildlife, such as swans, deer, great blue herons, turtles and more. Travelers aboard this amazing cruise are pleasantly surprised by the beauty and uniqueness that the river offers. The Samuel Slater is available as a bed and breakfast for overnight stays, British Tea Tours or Chartered Cruises.  

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Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament

Join over 100 regional business leaders each June for a relaxed tournament at one of Rhode Island's most beautiful golf courses - Crystal Lake Golf Course in Burrillville. 18 hole scramble format includes prizes, lunch, dinner, auction, and goodie bag. Several sponsorship packages are available. 2017 Date: TBD

Golf Blackstone Website 

Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival

Since 2000, the festival has consisted of of dragon boat races for professional and amateur teams, along with many cultural and artistic events, including the always popular Chinese dumpling eating contest and watermelon eating contest, aimed at adults and children. With the emphasis on competition and fun, the event makes an entertaining day for participants and the entire family. 2017 Date: September 4.

Rhode Island Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival Website 

Blackstone Shop

Located in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center (in Pawtucket), the shop features: Only licensed Polar Express merchandise, Polar Express and other event tickets, jewelry made by local artists, Rhode Island souvenirs, photos, prints, greeting cards by local artists, t-shirts, coffee, drinks and snacks. You may also purchase Polar Express merchandise online. Open 7 days a week. 

Blackstone Shop on Tourblackstone.com