Discover the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park by Boat!
The Blackstone River, and its tributaries, are splendid places to uncover by taking a guided tour on the Explorer riverboat, chartering the Samuel Slater canal boat for an overnight stay, or exploring on your own by kayak or canoe. The peacefulness, beauty, and wildlife you can now find along the river is a bold juxtaposition from the rough industrial past that birthed America’s Industrial Revolution and made us famous.
Whether you’re a tourist visiting Rhode Island’s National Park, a local resident wanting to learn more about your backyard, or someone simply looking for a fun and unique experience, we love to share the rich history and scenic landscapes that become extra special when taken in on the waters that created them all.
EXPLORER Tours are now departing from Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket, RI.
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View Jim Hendrickson’s photos of our 8/31 event from Festival Pier, Pawtucket that combined a trip on the Explorer with a Blackstone Culinaria event featuring Micky G’s Clam Shack, while teams were practicing for the Dragon Boat races on Labor Day weekend.