Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours

Blackstone culinaria food toursBLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200   Visits to Valley dining establishments usually consist of a demonstration followed by a full meal.  Join us as we explore and savor the rich ethnic restaurants of the Blackstone Valley and beyond! On each tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn the chef’s personal secrets of their favorite dishes with a demonstration of their specialty foods or drinks, followed by a meal. Leave your passport at home and let your palate travel the world of food throughout the Blackstone Valley! Prices and attendee limits vary, depending on the establishment.

Tickets may be purchased online with the current schedule found here. For more information about any particular particular tour or the program in general, please email or call us at 401-724-2200.

Blackstone Heritage Corridor

John H. Chafee National Heritage Corridor1 Depot Square  Woonsocket,  RI 02895   401-762-0250   Promotes the region from Pawtucket to Worcester that runs along the Blackstone River in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Historical walking tours, bus and evening tours with National Park Rangers. Activities include: spectator sports, theater, wildlife refuge, nature center canoeing, freshwater fishing, hunting, kayaking, lake or river access, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, freshwater swimming, bike trail, bird watching trail, hiking trail, jogging trail. Self-guided walking and driving tours and detours. Google Map

Blackstone River State Park

Blackstone River State Park Lower River Rd. between Rte. 126 and Rte. 122 Lincoln RI 02865 333-1100 Located between the Blackstone River and Blackstone Canal, the riverfront park contains walking and bike paths, canoe portage, and fresh water fishing. Historic walking tours along the canal built in 1828 are available. Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum (April-October) features exhibits on canal, railroad and highways. A canoe launch is located in the heart of the Blackstone River State Park. You can paddle both the canal and the river from here or do a round trip using both. The canal has no current and so is great for beginners, and it also avoids the quickwater on the river and the difficult portage around the Pratt Dam, 2.7 miles downstream. Google Map

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

National Heritage Corridor Commission One Depot Square Woonsocket, RI 02895  (401) 762-0250  Fax: (401) 762-0530  The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America’s first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation’s transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park – a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures. Google Map

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat

Explorer RiverboatBOAT LANDINGS: CENTRAL FALLS LANDING: 45 Madeira Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863
WOONSOCKET: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket
PAWTUCKET: Festival Pier, Tim Healey Way, Pawtucket.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 
The region’s only riverboat, the Explorer conducts Sunday weekly public tours, Saturday educational tours, as well as chartered tours, special events, and a Riverclassroom education program with customized programs for students. Tours leave from several locations throughout the season including Central Falls, East Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.  Hosts weddings. Capacity: 40. Same sex friendly. NOTE: Due to river conditions, Woonsocket tours will resume on September 24, with additional Saturday tours added. Google Map

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Public Tours

Blackstone valley Explorer Riverboat ToursBOAT LANDING: CENTRAL FALLS LANDING: 45 Madeira Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863
WOONSOCKET BOAT LANDING: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket, RI  02895
PAWTUCKET BOAT LANDING: Tim Healey Way Pawtucket, RI  02860
BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Public tours take place every Sunday on the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat on the Blackstone River May through October.

On our cruises you may see swan, herons, geese, ducks, turtles, hawks and beautiful plants and trees! The tour guide explains the ecology of the river and surrounding wetlands interspersed with stories about the people and history of the region. If you have never cruised on the Riverboat “Explorer” it is something you must do; and if you have, you can join with us again and again because every time you go on the river, you see something new!

Explore the Blackstone River using an underwater remotely operated camera the first Saturday of each month. Through October, Saturday environmental tours are available on each Saturday at 1 and 2 pm.

Charter tours are also available. 2016 DATES:  Sundays May – Oct.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Develops and promotes tourism, economic development, and environmental cleanup activities and sustainability in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley, including the development and operation of several ongoing and special events, projects and activities. Events include the Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley, American Girl Train Ride,  Blackstone Explorer Riverboat Tours, Bike Tours, Dragon Boat Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Culinaria Food Tours, Heritage Golf Tournament, and Annual Tourism Council Celebration. Google Map

Canal Tour: Blackstone State Park to Pratt Dam

Ashton Dam Lincoln, RI to Lonsdale Village, Lincoln   Intermediate Tour:The heart of Rhode Island’s Blackstone River State Park, with a choicebetween the river and canal or a river to canal trail “loop”.This section can be navigated either in the river or in the canal. Paddlers can also make this a water trail loop by paddling down the BlackstoneRiver and back up the Blackstone Canal to the Kelly House Canal Museum. Google Map

Canal Tour: River Island Park to Manville Dam

River Island Park  Woonsocket, RI 02895 – Manville Dam, Cumberland Beginner’s tour:This is probably the most challenging of our beginner tours. This segment travels through the heart of downtown Woonsocket in the first half, and then through forested city-owned land in the western part of the city. After putting in at River Island Park, go under the Bernon Street Bridge and you enter a section of the river lined with historic mills on both sides. Google Map

Canal Tour: Valley Falls to Pratt Dam

Central Falls, RI  02863  Beginning tour: Explore Rhode Island’s Largest Freshwater Marsh Put-in at Central Falls Landing on Madeira Ave. off of Broad St. in Central Falls, RI. Paddlers can travel all the way up to Pratt Dam (approximately 2 miles) or explore several little coves of Lonsdale Marsh. Park at Central Falls Landing for put-in and take out. Google Map


DetoursBlackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Provides maps depicting self guided tours centered around geographic areas, subject or types of activities.

Diamond Hill Vineyards

Diamond Hill Vineyards3145 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland, RI  02864   401-333-2751 1-800-752-2505  A 200 year old vineyard and 33-acre vineyard and orchards, the site includes tours, wine & cheese tastings, a gift shop, and facilities for special functions. Since 1976, owners Claire and Peter Bernston have produced fruit wines of native New England fruits, including their own estate grown pinot noir. The Gift Shop offers baskets, personalized labels, gourmet foods and accessories.  Hosts weddings with a capacity of minimum of 25 and maximum of 60.  Grapes used for wine production. Grape and fruit wines sold on premises. Free tastings. Enjoy a glass on the premises with a picnic lunch. Facility available for outdoor parties (June – Sept.). Self-guided vineyard tours. Open Thursday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 3 p.m.  Google Map

Downtown Pawtucket Historic Walking Tours

Pawtucket Foundation 67 Park Place, PO Box 515, Pawtucket, RI 02862  401-725-4400
The tour from the Pawtucket Foundation and Pawtucket Preservation Society includes more than 40 historic structures, monuments, parks, bridges, and iconic views of the Blackstone River and Pawtucket Falls. Buildings that have been preserved and restored into modern living spaces or businesses are especially notable because of their importance to the revitalization of the city and are included on the tour’s route. The walking tour raises awareness of Pawtucket’s extensive history as the city moves forward into the future. Printable versions of complete texts for each site are available for download.

Eastern Mountain Sports Kayaking Tours & Rentals

Eastern Mountain SportsLincoln Woods State Park 1 Les Pawson Loop Lincoln, RI 02865  800-310-4504 x4
401-595-1525 (local) In Rhode Island we offer both flatwater (lakes & ponds) and ocean paddling adventures from a number of different locations across the state. Most basic kayak lessons are held at our boat house and kayak rental facility at Lincoln Woods State Park. Here we offer kayak lesson and rentals seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our most popular basic kayak class at Lincoln Woods State Park is Kayak Strokes and Rescues. This comprehensive full day class is perfect for anyone who has never had formal kayak instruction. For our more advanced paddlers we offer a wide variety of open water programs on Narragansett Bay and off the coast of Newport, Jamestown and the South Shore of Rhode Island. These programs range from two day open ocean classes to single day rock hopping and kayak surfing classes. All lessons are prescheduled at the beginning of the season (calendar of dates available online); but private, group and family paddling days are also available upon special request. Google Map

Eleazer Arnold House

Eleazer Arnold House 487 Great Rd. Lincoln, RI 02865 401-728 -9696 617-227-3956 Unique stone-ender, 17th century dwelling. Its most distinctive feature is the great stone-end chimney that makes up the western end of the house Owned by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The house is open on the 4th Saturday of each month, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Hosts weddings. Google Map

Friends Meeting House

Friends Meeting House 374 Great Rd. Lincoln, RI 02865 401-245-5660  Oldest meeting house in continuous use. This Meetinghouse, built in 1704 and expanded in 1745, exhibits the plainness and simplicity which 18th-century Quakers mandated in their lives. This meeting was the center of Quaker life in northern Rhode Island for several decades and the home of the Providence Monthly Meeting after 1718. The beauty of this building is not in elaborate details but in how simply it suits its purpose and in the craft and fine workmanship in the handling of materials. A large cemetery, resting place of many of these early friends, adjoins the meetinghouse. Open for tours the 3rd Saturday of the month, 1 – 4 pm. Google Map

Great Road Historic District

Great RoadRte. 123 Lincoln. RI 02865 A 4.5 mile stretch of road containing a series of structures ranging from the 17th to the 19th centuries with little interruption by modern intrusions. 300 years of history in 3 miles. Tours available at many of the historic locations. Google Map

Hearthside House Museum

Hearthside House677 Great Road  Lincoln, RI 02865 401-726-0597  Unique stone mansion was built in 1810 on pastoral Great Road, the first road through the wilderness between Providence and Mendon, Massachusetts, and one of the oldest thoroughfares in America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hearthside is beautifully preserved by the volunteer organization, Friends of Hearthside, who serve as stewards of the property to preserve, promote, and interpret it. Costumed docents help bring history to life at this award-winning museum with guided tours and specially-themed historic events. Check website for scheduled openings.  Google Map

Historical Road Rally and Tour

wpcumberlandtourCumberland Recreation Department: 4097 Diamond Hill Rd.  Cumberland, RI  02864 Discover Cumberland’s scenic back roads with the 2nd annual event, a guided tour impossible to get lost on… all one has to do is follow the step by step instructions provided and answer questions…the answers of which will always be located between one instruction and the next. The entire idea is to catch the answer to the questions as you ride and enjoy the route, the scenery and the historical element of it…all of which is also designed to distract you from the catching all of the answers to the questions! That’s as tricky as it gets!!! All participants will be provided with a detailed “Trip Tik” and all questions will be answerable without the needs of smartphones!  All you need is a driver and a good navigator – but this is also a family event so bring the kids! Guaranteed fun and extremely interesting! 2016 Date: May 21, 2016 Google Map
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Leisurely Bike Tours

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
4 hour guided tours take place through the back roads of Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley. The tours provide a fun and relaxing way to experience the heritage, culture, nature and recreation of the Valley, with several stops throughout. 2016 Dates: Begin June 11, 2016

Moffett Mill

Moffett Mill585 Great Rd. Lincoln, RI 02865 Built by George Olney along Great Road in 1812, the Moffett Mill is a unique survivor from the early 19th century. Resting along the Moshassuck River next to Chase Farm Park, this small mill is believed to be the first machine shop constructed in Rhode Island and is a rare example of a wooden mill built during the first wave of industrialization in the Blackstone Valley. Arnold Moffett purchased the mill in 1850 and built the stone dam that still stands. The mill has been abandoned since the early part of the 1900s and was donated to the Town of Lincoln in the 1980s. It has recently been renovated with new exhibits and its original tools still in tact. Because of difficulty accessing the site safely along this busy roadway, the opening of the mill to visitors will be limited. An interpretive panel located near the entrance to Chase Farm Park will help inform visitors as to the importance of this rare treasure. Google Map

North Gate Toll House

Old Louisquisset Pike, Rte. 246 Lincoln, RI 02865 401-725-2847 401-334-2705 Built in 1807, it served as a toll-house for the Louisquisset Turnpike Co. and as a hotel in the mid-1800’s. Includes a library with holdings pertaining to the Blackstone Valley, a small museum room with early 18th century furniture and a meeting hall and stage with unique illustrated curtains. It is also home of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. Open for monthly meetings, special events and by appointment. Google Map

Rhode Island Brew Bus, LLC

wpbrewbus3 Indigo Farm Road Harrisville, RI  401-585-0303   Weekend tours to breweries throughout Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. We will focus on the craft of brewing great beer. Bring your “A” game for Brew Bus games and giveaways. All tickets include all tastings, tours, transportation, water, snacks, games, beer education, giveaways, pint glasses and a whole lot of fun! Adults 21 and over only. Google Map

Slater Mill Museum

Slater Mill Museum67 Roosevelt Ave., PO Box 696  Pawtucket, RI 02862  401-725-8638 Experience the birthplace of modern America. Try spinning and weaving in the Sylvanus Brown House, built in 1758 originally for the Jencks family. See waterpower run a 19th century machine shop in the Wilkinson Mill built in 1810 and hear the rumble of operating machinery in Slater Mill, built in 1793, where it all began. All educational programs are curriculum-based and can be adapted to learn objectives and capabilities of the group. Special programming available. Private visits can be designed especially for your needs. Tours available. Museum Shop, physically accessible and bus parking on-site. Hosts weddings with capacity of 130.  Music concerts are held throughout the year. Google Map
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Smith-Appleby House

220 Stillwater Rd. Smithfield, RI 02917 401-231-7363 Began as a one-room stone-ender with a loft above. It was built (circa 1696) by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” a member of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. The size of the house was doubled (circa 1730) when a two-room addition was brought to the site and attached to the original house. Other additions and modifications were made over the years to accommodate the family. The last addition was made (circa 1813), when a new modern kitchen with beehive oven was added, bringing the house to its present twelve rooms with varied designs and original stencils. The forty acres of land granted to John Smith by Roger Williams increased to over 700 acres during Elisha’s lifetime. It has since dwindled to the present seven acres. Over the years, the House’s farmlands, woodlands and orchards have been the site of a grist mill, a saw mill and a blacksmith shop. This delicately restored and furnished farm house features beautiful cabinet work and an intriguing antique collection. A unique feature is the smoke room on the second floor — serviced by the huge fireplace in the keeping room. The House is on the National Register of Historic Places. The history of the House and Property has been chronicled by historian Jim Ignasher. The Smith-Appleby House Museum is open for tours during scheduled events, or tours may be arranged (for individuals or groups) upon request. The Smith-Appleby House Museum is owned by, and is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Smithfield, a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Google Map

St. Ann’s Cultural Center

St. Ann's Cultural Center84 Cumberland St., PO Box 79 Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-356-0713 St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center is Woonsocket’s own Sistine Chapel, with city ancestors looking down from the historic walls. Ornate stained glass and fresco paintings cover every wall of the restored building, now run as community-based non-profit.  Currently the center is open every Sunday with tours between 1 and 4. They serve dinners and do performances in the former church and in the basement below, which has a full bar (including liquor license) and a stage, complete with a large dressing room.  All of the facilities are available for rent, with accommodations for performances, special events, and weddings. Google Map


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 SITE: 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI 02895  

2017 tickets on sale now.

Annual train rides take place on weekends aboard the P & W Railroad, recreating the Chris Van Allsburg book. A family favorite becomes reality during this three hour event that includes a 90-minute train excursion, Santa, cookies, gifts, singing of Christmas carols, and reading of the book. Meet the characters before the train ride and on the train. Gifts can be purchased in the train station. Join us for an experience unlike any other! 2017 DATES: Nov. 17 – Dec. 22.  Google Map

Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-724-2200

2017 tickets on sale now!

Join us for a scenic train trip through the Blackstone River Valley! The tour departs Woonsocket, RI at 9 am for a day filled with fun Fall activities. Relax and enjoy the many antique and gift shops, Putnam’s Annual Pumpkin Festival, a farmers market and local restaurants. ​After 3 1/2 hours of exploring the quaint town of Putnam we’ll leave at 2:30 for a 4:30​ pm​ arrival back in Woonsocket.   2017 date: October 21 Google Map

Valentine Whitman House

Valentine Whitman House1149 Great Rd. . Lincoln, RI 02865 401-333-1100  Whitman’s home is one of a few surviving “stone-end” houses built in the 17th century. Whitman was a friend of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island. The first town meeting of old Smithfield, which included Lincoln, was held in this house in 1730. House is open on the first Saturday of the month, 1 – 4 pm. Google Map

Victorian Christmas Tours

victorianbHearthside House: 677 Great Road, Lincoln, RI  02865 401-726-0597  There’s no place like Hearthside at Christmas time. The house is decorated so beautifully that it is no wonder it was selected to be featured in Yankee Magazine, Worcester Living Magazine, and two books about “Christmas at Historic Houses.” Each year, volunteers spend weeks decorating to transform the mansion back to a turn-of-the-century Christmas. Visitors to Hearthside delight in the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas as they enter the house and are greeted by our volunteers dressed in period attire. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music, homemade cookies, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. A special children’s holiday program is also scheduled each year. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home, making it a popular destination to visit after Christmas for candlelight tours during the vacation week before New Years. 2016 Event Dates: Self Guided Tours: December 4, 10, 11 and Self Guided Candlelight Tours: December 28 and 30th. Google Map

Wright’s Dairy Farm

Wright's Dairy Farm200 Woonsocket Hill Rd. North Smithfield RI 02896 401-767-3014 1-800-222-9734  A real, working dairy farm where people can see 120 Holsteins milked daily around 3 – 5 pm. Fresh ice cream, milk, whipped cream deserts are available from the farm and on-premises bakery in addition to cream, cheese, egg nog (during holiday season), and baked goods  Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2 Tours available. Google Map