What to Do in the Blackstone Valley

The Great Outdoors
The Blackstone Valley’s outdoor adventures begin on the once “most polluted river in America,” the Blackstone River.  Now called one of America’s great rivers (a heritage river) thanks to massive ongoing cleanup efforts, the Blackstone River plays host to the state’s only riverboat, a unique British built bed & breakfast canal boat, numerous kayakers, canoers, small boaters, and fishing enthusiasts.
Riverboat ExplorerBlackstone Riverboat Explorer
The state’s only riverboat conducts Sunday public river tours, special event cruises, chartered cruises, and educational programs for the public and schoolchildren.
PaddlingKayaking and Canoeing
Paddlers have become widespread at various points along the River, along with the fishing and small boating that is allowed from different river locations.
Samuel Slater Canal Boat – Bed & Breakfast
English style canal boat provides public and chartered tours, and bed & breakfast accommodations.
Many parks provide opportunities for hiking, hunting, biking, fresh water swimming, nature watching, camping, picnicking, winter activities, and fall foliage viewing.
BikingBike Path and Tours
When completed, the Blackstone River Bikeway will run from Providence to Worcester.  In addition to much of the Bikeway being accessible now, 4 hour guided bike tours through the back roads of the Blackstone Valley are available with stops at many historic and interesting places.
Lincoln WoodsLincoln Woods
Includes a fresh water beach, trout fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking in Lincoln.
Slater ParkSlater Park
Pawtucket park offers full recreational facilities, including tennis courts picnic sites. It is also home of the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1894 and restored in 1978, the historic Daggett House and Rhode Island Water Color Society in addition to a three-mile bike trail. It also offers several children’s programs and activities and special musical and other events, including the annual Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra concert and Pawtucket Arts Festival activities.
Spring Lake
Offers a fresh water beach, canoe and paddleboat rental; children’s slides at the waters edge; swim dock; food concessions, restrooms with outdoor showers; picnic tables and old style arcade, located in Burrillville.
World War II ParkWorld War II Memorial Park
Woonsocket park offers small beach and bathhouse, recreational facilities including footpaths, playground equipment, tennis and volley ball courts. It is the home of the annual Autumnfest.
State Parks & Management Areas
In addition to its major parks, the Blackstone Valley is home to a number of state parks and management areas that provide opportunities for swimming, hiking, bird and wildlife watching, hunting, picnicking, fishing, cross country skiing, camping and other outdoor activities.
Chocolate Mill OverlookChocolate Mill Overlook
Small park and canoe launch commemorates chocolate manufacturing in Rhode Island and Central Falls.
Farms, Orchards & Vineyards
The Blackstone Valley is home to many farms, orchards and vineyards that depict the importance of life on the farm yesterday and today.  Working farms provide plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors to pick their own fruit and Christmas trees, view farm animals and activities, and purchase delicious foods, in addition to visiting a number of farm stands and farmers markets.  
Diamond Hill VineyardsDiamond Hill Vineyards – One of Rhode Island’s leading vineyards, it manufactures local wine, and party favor candy and other products, including custom labels for holidays, celebrations or other special occasions. It holds tours and is available to rent for special events.
Wrights Dairy Farm
The oldest working dairy farm in the country producing quality dairy products and bakery goods.  Milkings are available for viewing.
Museums and Historic Sites
Building on the region’s important role in our country’s industrial history and vast cultural heritage, the Blackstone Valley is home to many other museums and historic sites including:
Slater MillSlater Mill
North America’s first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket is now a museum dedicated to the industrial revolution that hosts many recreational events and educational programs.
Museum of Work & CultureMuseum of Work & Culture – Celebrates the labor movement by sharing the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Hearthside HouseHearthside House
Unique stone mansion 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. One of the finest examples of early 19th century federal-style houses in the state, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Job Armstrong Country StoreJob Armstrong Store
A living museum of what became the largest of 13 dry good stores in Chepachet in the early 1800’s.
Brown & HopkinsBrown & Hopkins Country Store
Oldest country store in continuous operation in the United States.
Hannaway Blacksmith ShopHannaway Blacksmith Shop
Turn-of-the-century blacksmithing demonstrations and classes at an operating forge, helping to keep this old time craft alive for future generations.
Smith Appleby HouseSmith-Appleby House
Historic house museum in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and home to the Smithfield Historical Society. Holds scheduled tours and special events.
Looff Carousel
Historic, oldest Looff carousel in the world is fully operational. It was built in 1894, installed in Slater Park in 1910 and restored in 1978. Generally open in the spring and summer.
Dagget HouseDaggett House
Built in 1865, it is furnished with unusual period antiques, including Colonial pewter used in Revolutionary War and china owned by Gen. and Mrs. Nathanael Greene and the Daggett Family. Outstanding needlework and furniture. Also, many Civil War articles including several uniforms, and pieces of the Monitor and the Merrimac.
Kelly House MuseumCaptain Wilbur Kelly House Museum
Presents the background of early intermodal transportation
St. Ann Cultural CenterSt. Ann Cultural Center
Historic Roman Catholic church and cultural center in Woonsocket. They serve dinners and conduct 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.
One of Rhode Island’s Premium Arts Centers
The arts play an important role in attracting visitors to the Blackstone Valley.  In addition to the Twin River Casino, the region is home to many of our state’s finest theatres, music venues, arts galleries and arts oriented festivals and events including:
Twin River CasinoTwin River Casino
The state’s only full-fledged casino with slots, table games, simulcast racing, great food, music and other entertainment.
Stadium TheatreStadium Theatre
Historic, refurbished theatre in Woonsocket hosts musical acts, movies, and other entertainment.
The MetThe Met
One of the state’s premiere music clubs for local and national bands in Pawtucket.
Chans Eggrolls and JazzChan’s
World famous jazz and blues music club that also serves great Chinese food in Woonsocket.
Sandra Feinstein Gamm TheatreSandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre
The finest of live theater, engaging the audience intensely in current and recurrent issues of consequence, located in Pawtucket.
Mixed Magic TheatreMixed Magic Theatre
Strives to bring diverse stories and images to the stage through prose and song, tackling well-known dramatics as well as original theatrical productions, located in Pawtucket.
Blackstone River TheatreBlackstone River Theatre
Presents weekly world and roots music concerts, arts classes for adults and children, and special events on a year-round basis with an emphasis on the ethnic groups that settled in the Blackstone Valley. Located in Cumberland.
Pawtucket Arts FestivalPawtucket Arts Festival
Annual festival through September showcasing local music, art galleries and other arts, dragon boat races, food exhibitions, and many other events.
Annual festival held in Woonsocket over Columbus Day Weekend featuring parade, food, local, regional and national music, theatrical, kids and other events, and fireworks.
Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day FestivalDragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival
Attracts thousands to the Pawtucket waterfront each year with one of the leading dragon boat race competitions and several arts events.
RI Music Hall of fameRhode Island Music Hall of Fame – Holds annual induction ceremony and builds and manages the Hall Museum, commemorating our state’s musical heritage, in addition to developing programs aimed at building a stronger local music community.
Pawtucket River BridgeBlackstone River Bridge LED lit bridge has not only improved transportation through the City, but become a major attraction and location to host events and commemorate celebrations.
The Blackstone Valley provides a number of group and self-guided tours that meet the needs of many kinds of travelers and residents. Tour information is available on Tourblackstone.com as well as through brochures available from a number of locations throughout the Blackstone Valley. Other tours, provided in conjunction with the John H. Chafee National Heritage Corridor and others, include: leisurely bike tours through the backwoods of the Blackstone Valley, walking/hiking tours, tours of historic sites, and Detours (day long tours centered around particular activities and topics, available.
Explorer Riverboat ToursRiverboat Explorer Sunday Public Tours
Sunday public tours from April – October, with special events, and private charters.
Leisurely Bike Tours
4 hour bicycle tours through the backwoods of the Blackstone Valley, with stops at many historic and famous locations.
Train Tours
The Providence and Worcester Railroad provides two of the region’s most popular activities:

Blackstone Valley Polar ExpressTHE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride
Annual train trips through Christmas season centered around the Chris Van Allsburg children’s book includes 90 minute train ride, Christmas carols, reading of the book, free gifts and visits with Santa.
Fall FoliageTrain Excursion through the Blackstone Valley
Train trip to Putnam Connecticut to shop, view the beautiful foliage, and participate in the town’s Pumpkin Festival.
Grace Thomas Train Ride Experience
To celebrate the Grace character and give girls a chance explore the real-life setting of her stories, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council—in partnership with American Girl Boston—are presenting the “Grace Thomas Train Ride Experience.”
Shopping & Dining
The Blackstone Valley is home to many antique and gift shops, along with several factory outlets offering discounts on clothing, fabrics and other products in addition to many fine dining establishments.
Family Style ChickenFamily Style Chicken
The region is famous for family style chicken dinners – all you can eat chicken, pasta, french fries, salad and bread served family style.
Blackstone Culinaria Food ToursBlackstone Culinaria
Weekly food tours and other culinary events provide plenty of opportunities for visitors and residents to sample the fine and varied dining opportunities found throughout the region.