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Blackstone Valley Explorer


RiverClassroom Video

20th Year Celebration PowerPoint Presentation


Video celebrating 20 years of the Blackstone Valley Explorer

NEW: Oct. 19: GoLocal Prov: Gerald Carbone: My Life as a Blackstone River Guide More

Blackstone River tour boat celebrates 20 years of voyages through valley’s history - Providence Journal More

The Riverboat Explorer was chosen as a Top 10 family attraction in Rhode Island by the website "Trekaroo" Trekaroo is devoted to traveling with children. Thanks "Trekaroo!!!" Website

Explorer Receives Grant to Provide Disability Access

The Riverboat Explorer has received a grant from the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities to upgrade access to the riverboat. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council recognizes "People First"; that individuals with disabilities are - first and foremost - people. All are welcome on board the riverboat Explorer!

Experience the Blackstone River Aboard the
Blackstone Valley Explorer

Sunday, October 26th is our final 2014 run for the Explorer.

Thank you to everyone who made this season for the Explorer Riverboat a great success. Stay tuned for information about 2015.

Once polluted, the Blackstone River has recovered beautifully! 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!

Public Tours

2014 Sunday public tours take place 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm from May 4 - Oct. 26.  They leave from Central Falls Landing (45 Madeira Ave.).

Charter the Explorer

The boat is available for summer camp field trips, birthday parties, and senior groups. It is an opportunity to experience the beautiful Blackstone River. The boat can accommodate up to 40 people. The cost for groups is $250 for one hour, which makes it about $6.25 per person.

The Explorer has been used for the following:

  • School Field trips
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Sunset cruises
  • Sunrise Cruises
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography groups
  • Zombie Booze Cruise
  • Summer Camp field trips
  • Wedding party cruises
  • Corporate staff recognition and appreciation
  • Red Hat Societies
  • Class Reunions
  • Family Reunions
  • Birthday parties
  • Senior trips
  • Fall Foliage excursions

Guided Walks

Guided Walking Tours of Valley Falls Heritage Park are available (the Park is across from Central Falls Landing) for $75 for one hour. The Park is an urban archaeology site and the tour covers the Industrial Revolution in the Blackstone Valley and more!  Other venues in the area include Slater Mill, Lincoln Woods State Park, and historic properties along Great Road in Lincoln and many more!

For more information or to book a cruise contact: Dianne Mailloux, Coordinator Office: 401-724-2200 Cell: 401-439-6827  Email